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King's College London Council Special Committee Minutes

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KA/CS/M
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London Council Special Committee Minutes
Date(s): 1835-1938
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): King's College London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Council of King's College London, the governing body of the College, gave rise to a number of sub-committees including the important General/Professorial/Academic Board, and the Finance Committee. It also authorised a variety of ad hoc committees required to arrange specific events, oversee appointments and lectureships, and organise the academic activity of specific departments or faculties. Following the King's College (Transfer) Act of 1908, and the legal separation of King's into the secular University of London, King's College, and the Theological King's College London in 1909-1910, oversight of these committees was transferred to the new Delegacy. The reunification of King's in 1980 brought them back under the ultimate control of Council.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the special committees of the Council of King's College London consist of minutes and some other papers, mainly concerning appointments to posts, 1835-1938; notably including Medical Department, Medical Committee and Hospital Committee minutes and papers on the allocation of teaching space, laboratory provision, appointments to surgical and other posts including Physiology, the Sambrooke Registrarship, a proposed museum for medical exhibits, outpatients and the provision of hospital beds, the Bacteriological Department and the development of other new departments, and the removal of the Hospital, 1835-1910; minutes of a Special Committee into College Finances, 1895-1896; papers relating to King's College School including the selection of pupils, staff appointments, accommodation and the School's relocation, 1849-1910; papers concerning Engineering at King's including the teaching of drawing, the curriculum and appointments, 1891-1910; minutes of the Committee of Education including the financial standing of the Department, 1891-1893; minutes of various committees relating to the education of women, 1881-1905; committees relating to academic Chairs including those of Ecclesiastical History, Exegesis of the New Testament, Fine Art, Arts of Construction, Chemistry, Geology, Italian, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Philosophy, Political Economy and Sanskrit, 1835-1938; relating to the office of the Principal, 1868; relating to the Council's recognition of the General Board and Boards of Departments, 1869; proposals to amalgamate the Chairs of Chemistry, 1870; relating to the teaching of Physics, 1884; proposals to revive the teaching of Oriental languages, 1884; committees concerned with the nomenclature of departments and faculties, most notably the reorganisation of General Literature and Science, 1887; Building Committee minutes and other papers relating to site maintenance including tenders for new construction, laboratories and a photographic room, 1835-1904; Strand School, 1904-1910; Theological minutes and papers including the Theological Professorial Board, Hostel, the Inspection of Theological Colleges and the College Chapel, 1841-1938.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in a series of bound volumes in a broadly chronological order. The volumes are indexed.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

A detailed catalogue is available in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

College Secretary's Office, 1981

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives: Delegacy Special Committee minute books (Ref: KCLCA KA/DS/M), Council minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M), Theological Board and Theological Professorial Board minutes (Ref: KCLCA KFT/M, KA/TB/M).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January 2002

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