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King's College London Department of Theology Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KFT/M, KA/TB/M, KA/TB/AM, KST/M, KSTS/M, KFTS/M, KFTS PUB, 1983/KFT, KFT/1984, 1985/KFT, KFT/PH, VSH/REG 1-ART, VSH/M, 1994 KFT, 1995 KFT, 1999 KFT
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London Department of Theology Records
Date(s): [1871]-1989
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 15 boxes and 29 volumes
Name of creator(s): King's College London Department of Theology, 1846-1964
Theological Department of King's College, 1909-1980
King's College London Faculty of Theology, 1964-1979
King's College London Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, 1979-1989
King's College London Department of Theology and Religious Studies, 1989-


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Department of Theology was established in 1846 for the preparation of graduates and other candidates for Holy Orders. The Transfer Act of 1908 separated the secular and theological components of King's, creating legally separate institutions known respectively as the University of London, King's College, and the Theological Department of King's College London. The Department became a Faculty in 1964 and was renamed the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in 1979, at which point ended vocational training for the priesthood. In 1980, it was formerly reunited with the rest of the College under the title King's College London, when teaching was divided into three departments: Christian Doctrine and History, History and Philosophy of Religion, and Biblical Studies. It is currently known as the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, part of the School of Humanities since 1989. Related research institutes include the Centre for New Religions, established in 1982, and the Centre for Advanced Biblical Studies.


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers of the Theology Department of King's College London comprise correspondence, minutes, lectures, press cuttings and photographs, [1871]-1989; notably including correspondence and papers relating to scholarships, examination results, visiting academics, admissions policy, Faculty structure and strategic development, 1926-1975 (1983 KFT, KFT/1984/3, 6-7); Theological Board and Faculty minute books, 1875-1989 (Ref: KFT/M, KFT/1984/5); Theological Professorial Board minute books, 1919-1980 (Ref: KA/TB/M); Theological committee minutes covering scholarships, finance, accommodation and the relationship with the University of London, 1910-1976 (Ref: KA/T/M); Theological Society minute books, 1876-1912 (Ref: KST); Women's Theological Society minute books, 1900-1969 (Ref: KSTS/M); Theological Students' Faculty minute books, 1909-1970 (Ref: KFTS/M1-4); Evening Theological Faculty minutes, 1913-1916 (Ref: KFTS/M5); Faculty of Arts staff meetings and agendas, 1978-1980 (Ref: KFT/1984/1); King's College Hostel Common Room minute books, 1911-1981 (Ref: KFT/VSH/M1-9); King's College Hostel House Committee minute books, 1910-1970 (Ref: KFT/VSH/M10-12); other papers relating to the King's College Hostel including staff roll, Hostel constitution, scrapbooks and photographs, 1952-1978 (Ref: KFT/REG, KFT/F1, KFT/PH, KFT/ART, 1985/KFT1-2); correspondence and minute books relating to the King's College London mission to hop pickers, 1956-1963 (Ref: 1994/KFT, 1995/KFT); correspondence concerning a fund-raising appeal to support the establishment of the F D Maurice Chair of Moral and Social Theology, 1972-1973 (Ref: 1985/KFT3); Theological Society reunion programmes and AKC newsletters, 1955-1986 (Ref: 1999 KFT); photographs of students, staff, Faculty sports' teams, chapel and Hostel, [1872-1980] (Ref: K/PHOTO); references for students of Professor William David James Cargill-Thompson, 1977 (Ref: KFT/1984/2); a register of addresses of former students, [1871]; texts of some public theology lectures, King's College, 1965-1967 (Ref: 1983/KFT).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Mainly arranged according to 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:

Detailed lists for parts of the collection are available for consultation in hard copy in the King's College London Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from King's College Department of Theology in several tranches, notably in 1983-1985 and 1994-1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London College Archives Theology Student Records (Refs: KFT/FPM, KFT/FPMW, KFT/FPMM, KFT/FPF, KFT/FPFW, KFT/FPFM, KFT/FP/OCC, KFT/FPPG/OCC, KFT/FP); records of the Department of Christian History and Doctrine (Ref: 1985 KDCD, 1988 KDCD); papers of Walter Robert Matthews, Professor of the Philosophy of Religion (Ref: KCLCA K/PP2); papers of Clifford William Dugmore, Professor of Ecclesiastical History (Ref: K/PP97); papers of Frederick William Ruffle, Prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral, London (Ref: K/PP81); papers of Stuart George Hall, Professor of Ecclesiastical History (Ref: K/PP91); papers of Huw Parri Owen, Professor of Christian Doctrine (Ref: K/PP95).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: King's College Calendars. 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:
May 2002

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