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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
ATKINS, Sir John (1875-1963)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

Atkins, Sir, John, 1875-1963, Knight, physician

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1875; educated at Guy's Hospital, MB 1901; on staff of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital, South Africa, 1901; returned to Guy's Hospital as Assistant House Surgeon and Clinical Assistant, [1902-1904]; Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, 1903; General Practitioner in West Kensington, 1904-1914; served on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Sir John French, 1914-1918; Assistant Director-General of the Army Medical Service; became interested in improving the teaching of domestic science and home economics and initiated a subscription campaign to provide for a hostel for such students in King's College for Women, 1911; a distinct department for women emerged in 1915; knighted (KCMG), 1919; became Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Department/College, 1922-1958; died, 1963.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

QEC Library.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The papers of Sir John Atkins, 1911-1963, comprise memoranda and correspondence illustrative of the strategic development of the College through its various stages from its establishment as an independent institution in 1915 to the retirement of Atkins as Chairman of the College's Executive Committee in 1958, including draft speeches and notes on the history of the College.

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged into a broadly chronological sequence.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The collection complements historical material in the Secretarial series, Principal's records and College Minute books (Ref: KCLCA QAS, QAP, QA/M).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Neville Marsh, The history of Queen Elizabeth College (London, 1986). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

March 2002

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  • Curriculum
  • Educational administration
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational policy
  • Educational supervision
  • Educational systems
  • Governing bodies
  • Higher education institutions
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University curriculum
  • University governing bodies
  • Women students
  • Womens education

Personal names

  • Atkins, Sir, John, 1875-1963, Knight, Physician
  • Atkins, Sir, John, 1875-1963, Knight, Physician

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Women's Department
  • King's College for Women, London
  • King's College of Household and Social Science, 1928-1953
  • University of London

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