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King's College London Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KFA, KSH
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities Records
Date(s): 1898-1995
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): King's College London Faculty of Arts
King's College London School of Humanities


Administrative/Biographical history:

The origins of the Faculty of Arts lay in the Department of General Literature and Science. The Department came into being in 1839 in response to the need for a greater differentiation of the syllabus for students of the Senior Department at King's College London. As its name suggests, it constituted a broad faculty or grouping of subjects and classes that provided a core liberal syllabus in the arts and sciences available to all students of King's, including Medical students. Principal subjects included English Literature, Theology, Modern History, Classics, Modern Languages and Mathematics, but later instruction covered subjects as diverse as Geology, Law, Political Economy and Oriental Languages. The division between General Literature and Science Departments, that took place in 1888, foreshadowed the replacement of General Literature by the new Faculty of Arts in 1893. The Faculty of Arts was replaced by the School of Humanities in 1989.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities at King's College London comprise minutes, correspondence and other papers, 1898-1995. These notably include bound Faculty Board minutes covering academic issues such as teaching, examinations and staffing, 1898-1989; minutes of the Humanities Computer Users' Committee with supporting materials, 1990-1993; correspondence on the relationship between the School and the Library, including School of Humanities Library Committee minutes, 1989-1993; research grant applications, proposals and costings, financial forecasts and budgetary planning for the School, 1990-1993; statistics on staff-student ratios and examination results within the various constituent departments of the Faculty, 1982-1985; typescript memorandum relating to the relocation of the College to Bristol during World War Two and air raid protection, 1941; papers relating to the Graduate School of the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 1994-1995; Faculty photographs of class intakes, 1965-1973.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are mainly arranged by year of accession.

Conditions governing access:

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes.

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 Services.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

King's College Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives: Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities student records (Ref: KFA/FP, KFA/FPC, KSH/FP, KSH/FPPG, KSH/FP(W), KSH/FPPG(W), KSH/FPND, KFA/FP(ADV); records of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Ref: KCLCA 1996 KSH (MGS), KSH/BMGS); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX). Also see the individual records of constituent departments.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Geoff Browell 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:
April 2002

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