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Administrative records of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 TH/M, TH/C, TH/AD, TH/AC, TH/FR
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Administrative records of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School
Date(s): 1836-2001
Level of description: Sub-fonds of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School
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Extent: 9 linear metres
Name of creator(s): St Thomas's Hospital Medical School


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1842 the Governors of St Thomas's Hospital stepped in to rationalise and improve the medical school's status, taking responsibility for the management of the school until 1858. The School's finances and administration was radically re-organised. A medical school fund was established and administered by the Hospital Treasurer to pay for the general running costs of the school, including the salaries of the non-teaching staff. A Medical School Committee was created to govern the school, appoint lecturers and oversee expenditure. The first Dean, Dr Henry Burton, was appointed in 1849, and the School began to take on a formal corporate identity. In 1858, management of the school was restored to the physicians and surgeons and in 1860 to the teaching staff, as the school had become self-financing. With the establishment of the National Health Service the medical school became a separate corporate body in 1948 and one of the general medical schools of the University of London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative records of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, 1836-2001, comprising minutes of meetings of St Thomas's Hospital Medical & Surgical School 1836-1845; St Thomas's Hospital Collegiate Establishment Committee 1847-1852; Committee of Lecturers 1849-1979; Medical and Surgical Staff Officers 1864-1901; Obstetric Physicians 1866-1879; Surgeons' Meetings 1867-1924; Physicians Meetings 1871-1879; Museum Committee 1865-1879; Registration Sub-committee (and Publication Committee) 1867-1896; Medical School Committee 1871-1879; various committees 1880-1909; School Council 1913-1921; Medical Council 1929-1939; Combined Hospitals Committee 1934-1939; St Thomas's Hospital Gazette Committee 1953-1968; House Committee 1973-1974; School Academic Board 1978-1982 (copies); School Council 1978-1982 (copies); Finance Committee 1980-1982 (copies); Index 1971-1881; Committee members 1937-1947; Rules and Regulations 1874-[1886];

Dean's and Secretary's Files 1929-1946; General administrative files 1870-1873, 1938-1975; Anatomy Catalogues c.1904; Museum Catalogues 1829; Library Committee Minutes 1888-1985; Library Suggestions Book 1935-1957; Library Accessions Register 1952-1972; Library Annual Reports 1939-1979; Lambeth Hospital Medical Library Subcommittee 1964-1976; History of Works of Art committee 1984-1990; Librarian's administrative files 1945-1990; Biographical Information 1960s-1980s; Research Subject files (A-Z) 1825-1990; Material relating to Archive collections 1933-2001; Library Financial Accounts 1955-1989;

Departmental Records 1945-1955; St Thomas's Hospital Medical School timetables and notices 1932-1940; Examinations question papers, 1909-1976;

Building estimates 1867; War Memorial Fund Committee 1919-1932; War Memorial Fund files 1919-1927; Cash books 1953-1979; Ledgers 1934-1972; Journal of payments 1980-1981; Working papers for annual accounts 1974-1978; Register of Benefactors 1963-1981; Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund 1967-1982; Wages books 1908-1910; Publications Ledger 1936-1938; Annual Accounts 1842-1845; Deeds 1892-1895.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content

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 and Corporate Record Services.

Finding aids:

This collection level description available online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
May 2002. Revised June 2004

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