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Residence Officers of Royal Holloway College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 RHC AR505-525
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: Residence Officers of Royal Holloway College
Date(s): 1886-1940, 1970-1972
Level of description: Subfonds of Royal Holloway College
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Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal Holloway College | Residence Officers
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The various residence officers were responsible to the Principal, whom they met with on a regular basis. The Principal saw the Housekeeper, Nurse and Caretaker every morning, the Butler and the Gardener twice a week, and the Cook, Engineer and Nightwatchman when necessary. With the growth of the College in the 1960s, the numbers of residence staff increased, and such direct contact was no longer possible, though reports were still made to the Principal.

A Domestic Bursar replaced the Lady Housekeeper in 1944, and was in turn replaced by a Catering Officer (1965). A Security Officer took over the role of the Nightwatchman about the same time.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Royal Holloway College Lady Housekeeper, 1899-1939, including a volume containing an analysis of weekly expenditure on provisions and household supplies, 1899-1931, and two sets of cards listing the furniture in rooms in the Founder's Building, [1938-1939]. Records of the Royal Holloway College Nurse, comprising Register Books of patients, 1935-1940. Papers of the Chief Engineer of Royal Holloway College, 1886-[1927], notably letters, reports and specifications concerning the heating and lighting at the College, 1882-1902; and plans of Royal Holloway College, 1887-[1927], including printed plans by William Crossland of the first floor of Founder's Building, domestic offices under the dining Hall and kitchen, and the heating system. Diaries of William Hornsby, the Royal Holloway College Night Porter, 1888-1908, listing his day and night duties. Papers relating to the Royal Holloway Catering Manager, 1970-1972, including a Receipt Book for women students' meals, and menu cards for special occasion dinners held at the College.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Papers are arranged in bound volumes and files according to subject.

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 College Archivist.

Finding aids:

'A guide to Royal Holloway College Archives' by Derryan Paul, Jun 1973.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Royal Holloway, University of London Archives include papers in the Principal's Office files relating to the duties of the Portress, Chief Engineer, Caretaker, groundsmen, maintenance staff, maids and Watchman (RHC AR161/1); Secretary's papers relating to the maintenance of the College buildings (RHC AR302); registers and inventories for household, garden and maintenance, 1887-1963 (RHC AR330-333); household supply accounts, 1887-1969 (RHC AR445-446).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

The history of Royal Holloway College, 1886-1986 (Constable, London, 1987), by Caroline Bingham.

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:
Apr 2000

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