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King's College Hospital Secretary/House Governor/District

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KHS/AD
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College Hospital Secretary/House Governor/District
Date(s): Created 1853-1990
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College Hospital
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Extent: 334 files
Name of creator(s): King's College Hospital Secretary/House Governor/District Administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

When King's College Hospital opened in 1840, the Council of King's College London was also the governing body of the Hospital, with the right to appoint all medical staff. All members of the Council were ex-officio Governors of the Hospital, and the Council appointed two of its number to be members of the Hospital's Committee of Management. The Governors of the Hospital consisted mainly of major donors and subscribers. The Committee of Management undertook the daily administration of the Hospital and appointed lay officers including the Secretary. In July 1948 when the National Health Service Act (1946) came into operation, a Board of Governors took responsibility for the control and management of the King's College Hospital Group. When the first reorganisation of the National Health Service took place in April 1974, King's College Hospital Group was replaced by King's Health District (Teaching), and the Board of Governors were replaced by a District Management Team which included a District Administrator.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of King's College Hospital Secretary, House Governor and District Administrator, 1853-1990, comprising: committee files, 1909-1985, (KHS/AD1), including minutes, agenda, general correspondence, reports and papers, of the Board of Governors, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Committee of Management (later House Committee), and other House Committees of the King's College Hospital Group including St Giles Hospital, Dulwich Hospital, St Francis and Belgrave Hospitals, and sub-committees; general management, policy and administration files, 1856-1990, (KHS/AD2), consisting of papers on various subjects including the rules of government and the legal and financial position of voluntary hospitals in London, the State Registration of Nurses, income and expenditure statements, the consequences of the National Insurance Act 1911 regarding sick pay for nurses, servants and porters, details of festival dinners, job descriptions, regulations for the admission of patients, and other hospital matters; planning and development, buildings, and property files, 1853-1985, (KHS/AD3), including papers relating to new King's College Hospital buildings and the removal of the Hospital, accounts and correspondence of the removal fund, reports on drainage, correspondence with architects, inventories of hospital furniture and equipment, and other papers relating to the development and building plans for King's College Hospital and its associated hospitals; Secretary's correspondence files, 1879-1914, (KHS/AD4), consisting of letters mainly communicating decisions and resolutions of the Committee of Management, general out-letters, general correspondence, and correspondence relating to donations to the special appeal fund for improvements to the Hospital 1902-1903.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically under 'Committees', 'General management, policy and administration', 'Planning and development, buildings, and property', and 'Secretary's correspondence'.

Conditions governing access:

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file.

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, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Handlist available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

King's College Hospital.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives also holds minutes and meeting papers of KCH Board of Governors (Ref: KH/G & KH/GS), Committee of Management/House Committee (Ref: KH/CM, KH/CMS & KHS/F), and the Finance Committee/Finance and General Purposes Committee (Ref: KH/F & KH/FS).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2000

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