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Staff Associations of Bedford College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 BC AS800-899
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: Staff Associations of Bedford College
Date(s): 1917-[1989]
Level of description: Subfonds of Bedford College
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Extent: 8 boxes or 0.08 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Bedford College Staff Association
Bedford College Assistant Staff Association
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bedford College Staff Association was founded in 1917, and brought together (on an irregular basis) all members of staff, both academic and administrative, to deliberate on matters of common interest. Later it became responsible for organising the Senior Common Room and a varying programme of social events, such as Christmas celebrations and the end of session Summer party. The Bedford College Assistant Staff Association was formed in 1918 to ensure that the Assistant Staff had a voice in various issues affecting the government of the College and their own status. Its meetings were few, however, due to the creation of the Association of University Teachers in the following year (1919), which had the same preoccupations. The AUT was founded for the 'advancement of University education and research, and the promotion of common action among University teachers and the safeguarding of the interests of its members'. The first Annual Meeting of the AUT was held at Bedford College in Jun 1920.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Association of University Teachers (AUT), including minutes, 1919-1971; cash and account books, 1920-1972; discussion papers and reports, 1919-1935; correspondence, papers and magazines, 1919-1954; correspondence with members and membership lists, 1919-1955. Papers of the Bedford College Assistant Staff Association, notably minutes, 1917-1929, and draft constitutions and rules, 1918-1922. Papers of the Bedford College Staff Association, including minutes, 1917-1958; papers relating to a meeting with the College Council concerning public statements by staff, 1956-1957; printed regulations, [1950-1960]; papers concerning the Senior Common Room and the Senior Common Room Club, 1921-1975, including minutes of meetings, accounts, suggestion books and dinner menus. Minutes of the Staff Athletics Club, 1928-1947. Correspondence and papers relating to the National Association of Local Government Officers, [1970-1985]. Accident Book, 1950-1982.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged according to subject.

Conditions governing access:

Open to registered users of the Royal Holloway, University of London Archives.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies 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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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 accordance 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:
Apr 2000

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