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United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals (UMDS)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 UMDS
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals (UMDS)
Date(s): 1956-1998
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: Approximately 10 linear metres
Name of creator(s): United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals (UMDS)| London | 1982-1997
Guy's Hospital Medical (and Dental) School | London | -1982
St Thomas's Hospital Medical School | London | -1982
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals reunited as the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals (UMDS) in 1982. The new institution was then enlarged by the amalgamation of the Royal Dental Hospital of London School of Dental Surgery with Guy's Dental School on 1 August 1983.
In 1990 the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals (UMDS) began discussions with King's College London and, following formal agreement to merge in 1992 and the King's College London Act 1997, the formal merger took place on 1 August 1998. The merger created three new schools: the Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Biomedical Sciences.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes of committees including the Board of Governors, 1984-1997; Guy's Academic Committee 1982-1986; UMDS Academic Board, 1983-1994; Dental Studies Committee 1983-1989; Dental Academic Committee, 1989-1998; Dental Research Committee 1988-1989; Dental School and Hospital Departments/Board 1995-1998; Accommodation Committee 1982-1986; and Guy's King's and Thomas' Strategy Group, 1995-1996; Finance Committee 1984-1990; Library Committee 1982-1997;
administrative records including files of the School Secretary, Registrar, Assistant Registrar and Clinical Dean, 1969-1997; Special Lectures files 1956-1998; Resource planning files 1992-1997; Library administration 1978-1999; Old students events/ alumni 1985-1997; Plan of UMDS site 1998; Examination Question Papers 1989-1998; Student Medical Education Committee (SMEC) papers 1990-1996;
papers of the Physiological Society, 1997;
student records 1982-1997; Personnel records, 1984-1998;
publications including prospectuses, 1983-1995; Calendars, 1985-1986; Annual Report, 1984-1997; and related school and hospital publications, 1982-1996;
financial reports and accounts, 1988-1992;
student photographs, 1982-1998;
ephemera, 1985-1997.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content field.

Conditions governing access:

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file. Student and staff records are closed for 80 years and case notes for 100 years. Readers will be required to sign an undertaking to abide by the rules of the Archives. Requests for access to closed records from those wishing to use anonymised data for scholarly research will be considered.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Records Services.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

There has arisen at times some difficulty in determining the division between records of UMDS and Guy's Hospital Medial School (GHMS). Some files containing material postdating the 1982 merger, have remained part of GHMS series and been catalogued with GHMS.
The division may not always appear to be consistent. However where material was deposited as 'UMDS records', it has been kept in the UMDS section though the contents of some files originated at either St Thomas or Guy's Hospital Medical Schools, prior to 1982.
Some committee records are contained in bound volumes. Where the UMDS committee directly succeeded the Guy's committee, they have remained with the Guy's collection, due to the impracticability of dividing the volumes.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002. Student record cards and files relating to award ceremonies and special lectures were transferred separately, January 2003.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Archives of Guy's Hospital Medical School held at King's College London, especially for UMDS Medical Examining Council see GHMS Medical (Examining) Council volume 1977-1989; and for UMDS Junior [Medical] Staff Committee see GHMS Junior [Medical] Staff Committee volume 1971-1985.
Also archives of St Thomas' Hospital Medical School held at King's College London.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alison Field

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:
June 2004

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