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Sir John Cass Technical Institute - Sir John Cass College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1432 SJC
Held at: London Metropolitan University Special Collections
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Full title: Sir John Cass Technical Institute - Sir John Cass College
Date(s): 1902-1970
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 18 boxes, 6 linear metres (SJCTI); 26 boxes, 6 linear metres (SJCC)
Name of creator(s): Sir John Cass Technical Institute, 1902-1950
Sir John Cass College, 1950-1970


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir John Cass (1666-1718) was a City of London politician and builder, who founded a charity school near St. Botolph's, Aldgate, which opened in 1710 (in his will of 1709, he also left £1000 to endow another school in Hackney). His charity continued to fund the Sir John Cass Foundation School as well as providing for the establishment of the Sir John Cass Technical Institute, which was founded in 1899 and moved into newly built premises at 31 Jewry Street, London, in 1902. It changed its name to Sir John Cass College in 1950. In 1965 the College's Department of Fine and Applied art merged with the Department of Silversmithing and Allied Crafts from the Central School of Art to form the Sir John Cass School of Art, which moved into its own new premises at Central House, opposite the Whitechapel Art Gallery. The College's Department of Navigation of merged with part of the King Edward VII Nautical College in 1969 and moved to a new building at Tower Hill, London. The Sir John Cass College merged with the City of London College in 1970 to form the City of London Polytechnic.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Sir John Cass Technical Institute and Sir John Cass College, comprising:

Publications, including syllabuses, 1902-1936; calendars, 1936-1940, prospectuses and course handbills, 1946-1970.

Administrative records, including Principal's reports, 1902-1932; annual reports, 1902-1967; Governors of Sir John Cass Foundation minute books, 1901-1964; College Council minute books, 1965-1969; Board of Studies/Academic Board/University Board minutes, 1917-1970; Consultative Committee on Petroleum Technology minutes, 1920-1953; Consultative Committee on Fuel Technology minutes, 1930-1945; Nautical School entry book, 1913-1950; Department of Navigation enrolment book, 1950-1969; staff records, 1916-1960s; Library Committee papers, 1953-1970; School of Art correspondence, 1936-1969; School of Navigation, Board of Studies papers, 1940-1970; Soirée minute book, 1902-1911; building work, plans and correspondence, 1941-1960s.

Papers of the Teaching Staff Association, Sir John Cass College Association and Students' Union, 1950s-1960s.

College journals, including Red Quill, 1921, 1959-1967; Cassowary, 1961-1967; The Bookcase, 1950-1956.

Papers relating to college history, 1880-1970, including charity schemes papers (including report of the Royal City Parochial Charities Commission, 1880, and papers relating to the Aldgate Freedom Foundation, City Parochial Foundation, Sir Thomas Gresham, Wyndham Deedes Memorial Fund, 1946-1972; opening pamphlet, 1902; visitors' book, 1903-1934; institute history, c1939.

Papers relating to conversion to polytechnic status, 1950s-1970, including proposals and college committee minutes.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Details available upon request

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal accumulation by the City of London Polytechnic and London Guildhall University during the course of business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Public Record Office holds papers relating to the Sir John Cass Technical Institute and College, 1933-1965 (Refs: ED 83/64; ED 90/126, 127 & 412; ED 167/118; ED 168/118, 801-808). The Guildhall Library, London, holds records of the Sir John Cass Foundation, 16th century-1970.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Sir John Cass College, 1898-1970 by Sean Glynn (London Guildhall University, 2002).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Initially compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Sources: Dictionary of National Biography; survey information by Janet Foster, May 2000; catalogue of the City of London Polytechnic archives by Meg Sweet, 1987. Subsequent amendments made by the Archives Project Team at London Metropolitan University in 2016.

Rules or conventions:
Initially 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:
Oct 2001 and May 2021

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