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Royal College of Music: Finance Office

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Finance
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: Royal College of Music: Finance Office
Date(s): 1880-1988
Level of description: Sub fonds of the archives of the RCM
Extent: 115 volumes, 96 files, 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Music


Administrative/Biographical history:

Financial administration at the Royal College of Music (RCM) was the responsibility of the Finance Office, under the management of the Bursar.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Finance Office of the Royal College of Music, 1880-1988, including account ledgers, 1882-1977; nominal ledgers, 1977-1985; accounts of students' fees, 1949-1975; unpaid student fees, 1940-1966; examination fees, 1936-1977; cash books, 1882-1963; petty cash books, 1930-1987; Director's Fund cash books, 1882-1958; capital account stock certificates and accounts, 1880-1975; RCM Revenue Accounts and balance sheets, 1924-1977; Revenue Account cash books, 1882-1963; RCM Union members' cash book (with names of members and dates of subscription) and accounts, 1905-1935; opera equipment account books, 1926-1934; Parry Room account books, 1922-1977; staff pension ledger and cash books, 1924-1975; payments cash books, 1968-1977; temporary disbursements cash books, 1940-1966; transfer account books, 1925-1965; Miscellaneous Trust Fund Account papers, 1928-1975; Air Raid Staff Cover Insurance policies, 1918, 1962; Building and Maintenance Fund cash book, 1922-1975; Special Purposes Fund ledger, 1924-1939; National Relief Fund ledger, 1920-1932; Subscribers' Register ledger, 1952-1973; 'establishment and guide' books (recording names of staff, positions, pay), 1884-1938; Professors' tuition fees books, 1884-1946; Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music (GRSM) cash book and ledger, 1930-1942; New Building and Development Fund Appeal accounts, 1969-1976; liabilities ledger, 1896-1928; general accounts , 1984-1985; student fees accounts, 1979-1988; professors' payroll and related papers, 1983-1986; administration payroll and related papers, 1958-1988; Junior Department bursaries correspondence, 1974-1981; investment account papers, 1980-1987; Prince Consort Foundation, Trustees' cash book, 1981-1983.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series, mostly corresponding to information given in scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

The release of any material will be at the College's sole discretion to bona fide researchers who supply a letter which states their credentials and their relationship (e.g. biographer, genealogist, family member) to the individual concerned and which defines clearly the purpose of their research. Access to non-confidential material will normally be available at the College's discretion and under the supervision of library staff. Direct access to confidential records containing personal or private information will not normally be automatically granted until the death of the correspondents can be reliably established, or 25 years after their creation, whichever is later. Permission of the use of records for aggregate research (e.g. statistical data) will normally be granted provided that such research does not identify individuals. Access to other college records, including minutes and correspondence will normally be granted at the College's discretion.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

Researchers should apply to the Archivist for further information on these records.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal accumulation by the RCM during the course of business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCM holds general records of the Bursar.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter 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:
Mar 2001

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