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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA 1985/CAS, 1987/CAS, CAS 1989, 1991 CAS, 1992 CAS, 1997 CAS, CAS/AD8
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Secretary's Files
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
196 boxes


Name of creator(s)

South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea Polytechnic, Chelsea College of Science and Technology, College Secretary, Chelsea College

Administrative / Biographical history

The South-Western Polytechnic was opened at Manresa Road, Chelsea, in 1895, to provide scientific and technical education to Londoners. Day and evening classes for men and women comprised study in domestic economy, mathematics, engineering, natural science, art and music. It was renamed the Chelsea Polytechnic in 1922. The Polytechnic taught a growing number of registered students of the University of London, and this relationship was later formally recognised when the renamed Chelsea College of Science and Technology was admitted as a School of the University in 1966. Government of the College was devolved to the so-called Governing Body, supplemented from its inception in 1961 by an Academic Board reflecting the interests of staff and students. These were renamed the Council and Senate when the College was granted its Royal Charter in 1971. The College Secretary was senior administrative officer until the merger of Chelsea with King's College and Queen Elizabeth College in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Office of the College Secretary, 1985 and 1997.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Chelsea College Secretary's files, 1889-1998. These records reflect all aspects of the academic and administrative work of the College, ranging from strategic planning, building maintenance and finance through to University of London business where applicable to Chelsea College, notably including South-Western Polytechnic and subsequent College schemes and correspondence on the relationship of the College with the University of London, 1889-1985; governance, namely Chelsea College Senate membership, agendas, committees and other business, 1972-1985; Council minutes, agendas and membership, 1972-1987; King's, Queen's and Chelsea (KQC) Management Committee and Joint Policy Committee correspondence and papers, 1983-1985; University of London Senate agendas and minutes, 1983-1985 (Ref: 1985/CAS, 1987/CAS, 1991 CAS); papers relating to major committees such as academic planning group correspondence, 1983-1984; Finance and General Purposes Committee, Planning and Staffing Committee papers, 1983-1985, planning and resources committee papers, 1989-1991 (Ref: 1997/CAS, CAS/GC2); the general running of the College, including patents, 1972-1987; copyright, 1970-1989; College safety, 1977-1985; Data Protection Act, 1985-1987; Students' Union and student welfare, 1966-1985; a proposed merger with Westfield College, University of London, 1982-1987; the Swinnerton-Dyer Committee report documents, 1980-1982; St George's Hospital Medical School papers reflecting administrative concerns, 1976-1986; agreements and contracts with publishing companies and scientific equipment suppliers, 1968-1985; papers relating to the arsenic poisoning of porters at Chelsea College including cuttings and police investigations, 1966-1971, 1998, (Ref: CAS/AD1, 1987/CAS, 1991 CAS); personnel and staff related files including on contracts, salaries, leave entitlements, performance targets, trade unions, principally NUPE and NALGO, staff appointments and lists, 1967-1987; Academic Staff Committee minutes, papers and correspondence, 1969-1985; Technical and Manual Staff Committees, 1971-1985; demonstrators and visiting lecturers, 1975-1981 (Ref: CAS/AD8); papers relating to College property, [1970-1988] (Ref: 1987/CAS, CAS 1989); academic related papers concerning various departments at King's spanning the merger of Chelsea and King's in 1985, including Biophysics, Chemistry, English, Physiology, Spanish, Theology and War Studies, 1977-1989, Chelsea Departmental papers including the Nuffield programme, Library and Computing Department, 1966-1988 (Ref: 1987/CAS, 1991 CAS, 1992 CAS).

System of arrangement

The records are arranged according to year of accession.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally subject to a thirty year closure period from the date of leaving. Personnel records are closed for eighty years.

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

A detailed list of contents is available for consultation in hard-copy 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

The Secretary's records to some extent overlap with those of the Registry (Ref: CAR) and Minute Books series (Ref: CA/M). The majority of personnel records for Chelsea College comprise a distinct series (Ref: CA/FP). See also King's College Secretarial, Principal's Office and Registry material that describe the merger in 1985 and the subsequent history of the Chelsea campus (Ref: KAS, KAP, KAR).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College - A History (London, 1977). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell 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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  • Civil law
  • Communication legislation
  • Communication policy
  • Conditions of employment
  • Copyright
  • Data protection
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational associations
  • Educational buildings
  • Educational equipment
  • Educational finance
  • Educational governing boards
  • Educational levels
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational planning
  • Educational supervision
  • Environmental health
  • Governing bodies
  • Government
  • Health
  • Health policy
  • Health services administration
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information/library administration
  • Intellectual property
  • Law
  • Legal systems
  • Organization and administration
  • Patents
  • Pathology
  • Personnel management
  • Poisoning
  • Public administration
  • Recruitment
  • Student organizations
  • Student welfare
  • Students
  • Toxicology
  • Universities
  • University governing bodies
  • University students
  • Wages

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College, Department of Computing
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Biophysics
  • King's College London, Department of Chemistry
  • King's College London, Department of English
  • King's College London, Department of Physiology
  • King's College London, Department of Spanish
  • King's College London, Department of War Studies
  • King's College London, Faculty of Theology
  • NALGO, National and Local Government Officers Association
  • NUPE, National Union of Public Employees
  • Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
  • South-Western Polytechnic
  • South-Western Polytechnic
  • St George's Hospital Medical School
  • Westfield College

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