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King's College London Department of Chemistry Student Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KDCH/FP, KDCH/FPC, KDCH/1-15, KDCH/PH
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London Department of Chemistry Student Records
Date(s): [1910]-1986
Level of description: Series level descriptions of King's College London Archives
Extent: 23 archive boxes
Name of creator(s): King's College London | Department of Chemistry


Administrative/Biographical history:

Chemistry was first taught by Professor John Frederick Daniell in the Senior Department and the Medical Department of King's from the opening of the College in 1831. The first Chemical Laboratory was founded a few years later in 1834. Daniell remained at King's until 1845 and in 1846 the Daniell Scholarship was founded in his honour. The subject has always encompassed many departments. When the Senior Department was split into two separate sections; Civil Engineering and Mining in 1838 and General Literature and Science in 1840, Chemistry was taught under both. These sections became the Department of General Literature and Science and the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 1847-1848. Chemistry was also taught in Evening Classes, which were begun in 1848. In 1888 the Department of Science was formed from General Literature and Science. This became the Faculty of Science in 1893. That same year the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences was created as part of the Faculty of Science. A separate Faculty of Engineering was later formed in 1902-1903. In 1905 the Faculty of Science was split into the Natural Science and Medical Science Divisions with Chemistry taught under both divisions. These divisions became the Faculties of Medical Science and Natural Science in 1921 and 1923 respectively. From 1961 the Chemistry Department came solely under the under the Faculty of Natural Science, although the subject continued to make up components of other courses. In 1985 after the merger of King's with Queen Elizabeth and Chelsea Colleges, the department became part of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, currently the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering.


Scope and content/abstract:

King's College London Chemistry Department student files, 1946-1986 (Ref: KDCH/FP), record cards, [1910-1928] (Ref: KDCH/FPC), class files, 1972-1984 (Ref: KDCH/1-9), tutee reports, 1976-1979 (Ref: KDCH/10-13), student photographs, 1956-1974 (Ref: KDCH/PH). Information typically contained in student files includes general correspondence, PhD title discussions, references and disciplinary reminders. Later files include UCCA (Universities Council on Admissions) forms, which give the students' title, name, address, date of birth, marital status, school number, nationality, choice of University and subjects, education from age 11 and public examinations already taken. The record card series mainly cover undergraduate students and include date of entry, war service, school, matriculation, intermediate and final course subjects and some results. The class file series is incomplete, but typically includes class photos, 'A' level results, provisional degree results, course options and brief notes on student progress. Tutee reports consist of reports on students' progress covering first, second and third-year students. The administrative files also contain syllabus details, including course unit synopses and some lecture synopses, 1960-1980 (Ref: KDCH/14-15).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Student files are arranged in two blocks of years, 1947-1971, and 1972-1986, then organised alphabetically within each block. Record cards are organised alphabetically. Class files and tutee reports are arranged chronologically. and scheduling information: 3.3.3 Accruals:

Conditions governing access:

Subject to an eighty year closure period from date of leaving, but may be consulted by Departmental staff and other College members with permission from the Head of Department.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Lists are available for consultation in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London School of Physical Sciences and Engineering student records (Ref: KCLCA K/SPSE); Chelsea College Chemistry Student Records (Ref: KCLCA CDC); King's College London Faculty of Natural Science Student Records (Ref: KCLCA KFN); Chemistry Department Records (Ref: KCLCA 1988 KDCH; KDCH/RPT; KDCH/PH; KDCH/SP; KDCH/PUB; KDCH/PL; KDCH/CB; KDCH/FS; KDCH/LB); Examination Question Papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: King's College London catalogues; College Calendars. Compiled by Beverley Ager as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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:
January 2002

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