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Chelsea College Department of the Humanities Student and Other Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA CDH
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Chelsea College Department of the Humanities Student and Other Records
Date(s): 1958-1983
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 15 boxes
Name of creator(s): Chelsea College of Science and Technology | Department of the Humanities
Chelsea College | Department of the Humanities


Administrative/Biographical history:

A Liberal Studies Department was first introduced at Chelsea College of Science and Technology in 1958 in order to fulfil a requirement for more broadly based technical qualifications by providing courses in film, music, architectural appreciation, literature, history of science, modern languages and sociology that were open to all students of the College. Liberal Studies changed its name to the Department of Humanities in 1967 and introduced a postgraduate Diploma in Modern Cultural Studies. It also organised extra-curricular activities such as music recitals, drama productions and poetry readings. Its functions were taken over by the Faculty of Arts at King's College when Chelsea and King's merged in 1985.


Scope and content/abstract:

Chelsea College of Science and Technology and Chelsea College Department of the Humanities student and other records, 1958-1983. This class of material contains some student information on BSc and visiting BA undergraduate and DCC (Diploma of Chelsea College) students, 1967-1983. BSc and DCC information typically includes name, course work including aggregate marks, percentage marks, letter grading, honour points, degree, class and comments. The remainder of the collection comprises correspondence, accounts and financial data, timetables and printed programmes and handouts. This includes general correspondence on the administration of the College, with the Registry and notably concerning resource allocation, 1958-1983; correspondence with other College departments, 1958-1978; staff correspondence, 1968-1983; selective summary of Senate minutes, 1967-1981; accounts books, 1961-1982; finance yearly estimates, 1959-1983; administrative proposals and submissions relating to the strategic development of the College, 1959-1982; Humanities' Annual Reports, 1958-1982; examination question papers and related correspondence, 1969-1983; handouts describing the course content of the Diploma in Modern Social and Cultural Studies, 1969-1982, and visiting undergraduate BA programmes, 1975-1982; syllabuses and notices of liberal and arts events, 1958-1981.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are boxed in the order in which they were received.

Conditions governing access:

Student records are subject to an eighty year closure period from date of leaving, but may be consulted by appropriate College staff at the discretion of the Director of Archive Services. Other, non-student, records are closed for thirty years.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, can be supplied to appropriate College staff. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

A list of contents is available in hard copy in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Chelsea College Department of the Humanities, 1983.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Chelsea Registry and Secretarial series for additional administrative records (Ref: CAR, CAS). A complete run of Senate minutes are located under the reference, CA/S/M. The main series of Chelsea registry student records (Ref: CAR/FP, CAR/FPC, CAR/RE) and especially microfilm and microfiche records (Ref: C/MF, C/MF) overlap with the Humanities student records outlined in the Scope and Content section above.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Chelsea syllabuses; H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College - A History (London, 1977). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997; ISAD(G), Second edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2002

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