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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of Chemistry Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
47 archive boxes and volumes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of Chemistry

Administrative / Biographical history

Chemistry has been taught at King's College since 1831, when John Frederic Daniell was appointed the first Professor of Chemistry. A chair of Practical Chemistry was also endowed in 1851 but lapsed when it was combined with the chair of Chemistry in 1870 under Charles Loudon Bloxam. It formed part of the Medical Department but instruction was also provided in the Department of Applied Sciences and in Evening Classes. Chemistry became part of the Faculty of Science in 1893, the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 1986, and the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering in 1991. Classes in chemical engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences commenced in 1930, while biochemistry classes formed part of instruction in physiology in the Faculty of Medicine before becoming a discreet department in 1958.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Department of Chemistry, King's College London.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Chemistry Department, King's College London, comprise minutes, correspondence, cash books, student progress reports, laboratory experimental reports, syllabuses, photographs and publications, 1906-1985. These notably include committee and staff minutes, 1952-1982; correspondence relating to staff appointments and pay awards, 1951-1972; correspondence and photographs relating to alumni, 1924-1979; grant application reports for proposed projects, 1976-1980; working party reports of a joint committee of chemistry departments in the University of London, 1979-1982; cash books, 1923-1931, 1959-1967; mark books for students' laboratory experiments, 1919-1960; laboratory reports of chemistry experiments carried out by students, 1906-1983; syllabuses and course unit synopses, 1960-1985; photographs of students, staff and laboratories, [1910-1980]; printed publications on chemical laboratory apparatus, 1947-1953.

System of arrangement

Arranged in mainly chronological order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes. Staff and student records are subject to an 80 year closure period after the date of leaving, but may be consulted by Departmental and other College staff with permission from the Head of Department.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London College Archives Student Records (Ref: KCLCA KDCH/FP, KDCH/FPC, KDCH/1-15, KDCH/PH); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX); Secretarial series (Ref: KCLCA KAS/AC2); the papers of Professor Sir Charles Loudon Bloxam (Ref: KCLCA Bloxam); papers of Professor William Allen Miller (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 5); papers of Edwin Albert Shearing (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 11); papers of Professor Donald Hey (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 25); papers of Reginald Child (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 40); papers of Professor John Frederic Daniell (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 62).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: College Calendars; Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, The centenary history of King's College London (London, 1929). 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

February 2001


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