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Faculties of Bedford College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 BC AL130-199
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: Faculties of Bedford College
Date(s): 1907-1985
Level of description: Subfonds of Bedford College
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Extent: 25 boxes or 0.25 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Bedford College | Faculties
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Faculties of Arts and Science were first organised in 1909, following the reorganisation of the constitution of Bedford College when it was granted a Royal Charter. Each was presided over by a Dean, who reported directly to the Academic Board, and included Heads of Departments, Lecturers and Recognised Teachers of London University. The Deans gradually came to play an important role within the College, sitting on the Academic Board and later on the Finance Committee (1972) and the Policy and Estimates Committee (1972).


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes, 1907-1984, and papers, 1944-1985 of the Faculty of Arts; Arts Faculty Signature Book; papers of the Secretary to the Faculty of Arts, 1982-1984; Minutes, 1907-1985, and papers and correspondence, 1944-1985, of the Faculty of Science; Minutes and papers of the Joint Faculties of Arts and Science, 1929-1984; [Minutes] of the Committee of the Faculties of Arts and Science considering the Financing of Research and Publication, 1964; Minutes and papers of the Staff Student Joint Committee, 1968-1985.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Administrative and Committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file. Papers relating to individuals are usually closed for 100 years from the subject's birth. Users are advised to consult the College Archivist for specific details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies of open material may be supplied, subject to the condition of the original. Requests to publish original material should be directed to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

'A catalogue of the Archives of Bedford College (University of London), 1849-1985' by Claire Gobbi Daunton and Elizabeth Bennett, 1987.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were transferred from the Bedford College Archives when the College merged with Royal Holloway in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Royal Holloway, University of London Archives hold Secretary's papers containing correspondence, 1967-1976, relating to the Staff Student Joint Committee (BC AR385/8/4), correspondence, 1970-1975, with the Faculties of Arts and Science (BC AR385/9/2); and Registrar's papers including material, 1971-1983, relating to the Staff Student Joint Committee (BC AR270/14/3-6), the Faculty of Science, 1968-1981 (BC AR270/5/1-3), the Faculty of Arts, 1967-1983 (BC AR270/7/1-2), and Committee papers relating to the Joint Faculties, 1956-1984 (BC AR270/1-2).

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Publication note:

A history of Bedford College for Women, 1849-1937 (Oxford University Press, London, 1939), by Dame Margaret Jansen Tuke; Educating women: a pictorial history of Bedford College, University of London, 1849-1985 (Alma Publishers, Surrey, 1991), by Dr Linna Bentley.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the 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:
Mar 2000

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