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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Fees Book and other registers
Level of description
Series level descriptions of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
35 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College, South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea Polytechnic

Administrative / Biographical history

The South-Western Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1891 and from 1895 was known as the South-Western Polytechnic, then from 1922-1956 as Chelsea Polytechnic. South-Western initially aimed to improve the level of technical education available to working class men, and also offered courses in domestic economy for girls wishing to enter domestic service. By 1908-1909 South-Western consisted of a Day College for Men, Day College for Women, School of Art, schools for boys and girls, and evening classes in a range of subjects, including mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and building, chemistry and metallurgy, natural science, languages, commerce, domestic economy, art, music and physical training.

Content & structure

Scope and content

South-Western Polytechnic and Chelsea Polytechnic fees book registers for day classes, 1895-[1928], fees book registers for evening classes, 1897-1915 (Ref: CA/SFB), statistics books, 1907-1938 (Ref: CA/STATS), miscellaneous register, 1897-[1913] (Ref: CA/REG). Information contained in fees books typically includes name, age, occupation, classes, time per week and fees. Statistics books contain information on terms kept, student hours per registration, per subject and class entries per term. The miscellaneous register contains lists of certificates awarded to students, the wording on them and distribution details.

System of arrangement

Fees books are organised chronologically, then divided into Day College for Men or Women, then alphabetically. Statistics books are arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Subject to an eighty year closure period from date of leaving, but may be consulted by appropriate College staff at the discretion of the Director of Archive Services.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, can be supplied to appropriate College staff. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed lists are available for consultation in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

See also Chelsea College Annual Reports for detailed statistical information on students and staff (Ref: C/RPT1).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London catalogues. H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College - A History (London, 1977). Compiled by Beverley Ager as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997; ISAD(G), Second edition, 2000.

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
  • Economics of education
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational statistics
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • University curriculum
  • University students

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives
  • South-Western Polytechnic
  • South-Western Polytechnic

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