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Royal College of Music: Registrar

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Registrar
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: Royal College of Music: Registrar
Date(s): 1883-1977
Level of description: Sub fonds of the archives of the RCM
Extent: 45 volumes, 47 files
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Music


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first Registrar of the Royal College of Music (RCM), George Watson, was appointed in 1882, to manage student admission, administration and awards. The post has since been held as follows: Frank Pownall, 1896-1913; Claude L C Aveling, 1914-1935; Basil C Allchin, 1935-1939; Hugo V Anson, 1939-1958; John R Stainer, 1959-1975; Michael Gough Matthews, 1976-1984; Jasper L Thorogood, 1984-1988. The registers of students of the RCM form the chief source of information on students for the period prior to 1977, giving details of student's background and academic progress and accomplishments. The registers of Scholarship applications give details of name, address, age, subject, and results of those who competed for open scholarships of the RCM. The registers of student applications give details of those who applied for admission as students of the RCM, and give addresses, subject of examinations taken and application fees.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Registrar of the Royal College of Music, 1883-1977, comprising registers of scholars, 1883-1944; registers of students, 1883-1977; registers of student studies, recording students' courses and names of their teachers, 1921-1976; register of teachers' training courses, 1926-1937; register of Scholarship applications, 1935-1957; registers of student applications, 1883-1960; register of Graduates of the Royal Schools of Music (GRSM) students, 1940-1945; papers relating to weekly teaching hours by professors, 1950-1961; examination requirements for Associateship of RCM, 1918-1942.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series as given in scope and content. Registers of students are indexed alphabetically at the beginning of each volume, or are hard bound kalamazoo forms, arranged in alphabetical order of leavers' names and grouped roughly by decade. Registers of Scholarship applications and student applications are arranged in order of application, and an alphabetical index is provided.

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:

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. 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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