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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Personnel Records
Created 1953-1985
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
approx 3600 files


Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College Personnel Department

Administrative / Biographical history

Chelsea College became a School of the University of London in 1966. Originally founded in 1891 as the South-Western Polytechnic, later Chelsea Polytechnic (1922), the college became a designated college of advanced technology (as Chelsea College of Science and Technology) in 1957. In 1966 the college became a School of the University of London, and in 1971 the renamed Chelsea College was formally incorporated into the University of London. Following the merger in 1985 with King's College London and Queen Elizabeth College, the personnel functions of all three colleges were integrated in a single department which took responsibility for the staff and reported to the College Secretary.

Archival history

Few of the Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files have survived before 1960, as many were destroyed prior to the merger in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Records from Chelsea College were transferred to King's College London in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records comprise Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files, 1953-1985 (CA/FPC), Academic staff files, 1960-1985 (CA/FPA), Personal record cards, 1977-1985 (CA/RC). On the admission of the College as a school of the University of London in 1966, staff were retained in post and staff files transferred with them. The Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files include porters, catering and kitchen staff, laboratory and research technicians, cleaners, service engineers, clerks, hall managers, secretaries, library staff, carpenters, administrative assistants, computer programmers and operators, research students and assistants.

System of arrangement

Records comprise three series of Chelsea College staff records: Academic staff files, Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files, and Personal record cards. The records are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the member of staff. The year given is the date when the member of staff left the College.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Subject to an eighty year closure period, but may be consulted by members of the College with the permission of the head of the Personnel Department.

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


Finding aids

Detailed catalogues are available in hard copy in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The college archives also hold personnel records of King's College London, Academic staff files, 1900-1999 (KA/FPA), Manual and Technical staff files, 1903, 1932-1995 (KA/FPT), Clerical and Secretarial staff files, 1920-1998 (KA/FPC), Queen Elizabeth College Manual and Technical staff files, 1919-1985 (QA/FPT), Academic and related Academic staff files, 1909-1985 (QA/FPA), Clerical and Secretarial staff files, 1922-1985 (QA/FPC); King's College London Library staff files, 1957-1998 (KAL/FD).

Description control

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 2000

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  • Conditions of employment
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Government
  • Health services administration
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Leave
  • Organization and administration
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Public administration
  • Recruitment
  • Retirement
  • Universities
  • Wages

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College, Personnel Department
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives

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