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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Students Union and Social Society Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes and 4 volumes


Name of creator(s)

South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea Polytechnic, Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Chelsea College Students Union

Administrative / Biographical history

A Students' Union and various sporting societies, in particular an athletics society, were formed soon after the establishment of the Polytechnic and remained active until the merger of Chelsea College with King's College in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Chelsea Students Union

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea Polytechnic, Chelsea College of Science and Technology and Chelsea College Students Union and social clubs, 1908-1980. These notably consist of Social Council and Students' Union Society minute books, 1908-1980 (Ref: C/SU/M1-5); Student Debating Society minute book, 1931-1936 (Ref: C/SU/M6); Chemical Society minutes of meetings, 1947-1977 (Ref: C/SU/M7); Chelsea Polytechnic/College Social and Athletic Council ledger and journal, record of athletics distinctions and the award of colours, 1936-1963 (Ref: C/SAC).

System of arrangement

Divided into material belonging to the Students' Union and to other clubs and societies.

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 supplied to readers and staff.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

A detailed list of the contents of the collection is 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

Students Union handbooks are located with other Chelsea College publications (Ref: CU/HAN); Social and Athletic Council minutes (Ref: CA/CS/M17-18).

Description control

Archivist's Note

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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  • Athletics
  • Chemistry education
  • Clubs
  • Educational levels
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Science education
  • Sport
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University students

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College, Chemical Society
  • Chelsea College, Social and Athletic Council
  • Chelsea College, Students' Union
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives
  • South-Western Polytechnic
  • South-Western Polytechnic

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