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Royal College of Music: Junior Department

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Junior Department
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: Royal College of Music: Junior Department
Date(s): 1897-1976
Level of description: Sub fonds of the archives of the RCM
Extent: 2 volumes, 3 folders
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Music


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Junior Department of the RCM was begun in 1897 with 16 pupils, following an aborted scheme of 1895 which had proposed to divide the College into 'Upper' and 'Lower' divisions, though admittedly based on musical experience and ability rather than age. In 1926 a new Junior Department was established on the advice of Angela Bull (the Director's Appointment's Secretary and subsequently General Supervisor of the Junior Department) and Percy Buck, then a Professor at the RCM, which consisted of 36 Junior Exhibitioners from London County Council schools who were taught at the RCM by 36 members of the Teachers' Training Class. By 1966 the Junior Department had grown to 345 pupils of whom 226 were exhibitioners, and a teaching staff of over 100.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, 1897-1976, comprising register of student applications for Junior Dept, 1897-1944; register of Junior Dept students, 1897-1921; student fees journals (gives personal and academic records of students), 1961-1976; student fees ledger, 1970-1976.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series as 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 correspondence relating to Junior Department Bursaries, 1974-1981, under Finance Office records (ref: 1060), and its appeal and jubilee, 1977-1979, and Bursary Committee, under the Bursar's records (refs: 395 and 396). RCM Library holds children's plays by Angela Bull for performance by the Cygnet Group at the RCM (MS 7020).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: The Royal College of Music: a centenary record by H C Coles and John Cruft (Prince Consort Foundation, London, 1982).

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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