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Royal Holloway College Association

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 RHC AS900-950
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: Royal Holloway College Association
Date(s): 1887-1972
Level of description: Subfonds of Royal Holloway College
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Extent: 7.5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal Holloway College Association
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal Holloway College Association was formed as a result of the first College Meeting (held in July 1890). The purpose of the Association was to enable former students and staff to keep in touch with the activities of the College and its present students. Current students and staff at the College were automatically made honorary members of the Association, which met once a year.

A Committee, consisting of the Principal and a number of members and representatives of honorary members of the RHCA, met al least once a term to discuss matters relating to the RHCA.

The College Letter, founded in 1890, contained news about the College and was issued twice a year to all members of the RHCA. A separate College Letter Committee was formed to deal with this. In 1970, a new body known as RHESUS (Royal Holloway Ex-Students Union Society) was formed as an alternative alumni association to counter the elderly membership of the RHCA. The two groups merged in 1984, retaining the original name.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal Holloway College Association, 1887-1972, comprising publications, 1890-1972, mainly comprising copies of the College Letter. Subscription records, 1903-1960, including lists of life members of the RHCA, 1903-1960, and the annual membership, 1914-1926. Records of the RHCA Committee, 1914-1947, notably minute books, 1914-1947, and returns and letters supplied for a survey of the occupations of old students between 1939 and 1942. Minute book of the Principal's Portrait Committee, 1925-1926.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Mainly bound volumes.

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 contain photographs of groups of 'old students', 1896-1898 (RHC PH280).

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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