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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of English Student Files
Level of description
Series level descriptions of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
53 archive boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London, Department of English

Administrative / Biographical history

Courses in English Literature and History were provided in the Senior Department at King's College from 1831 and shortly afterwards became part of the Department of General Literature and Science. English and History were separated in 1855, when classes in English Language and Literature became available. A Department of English was formed in 1922/23, remaining part of the Faculty of Arts until the School of Humanities was created in 1989.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College London Department of English

Content & structure

Scope and content

King's College London Department of English undergraduate record cards, 1943-1997, undergraduate miscellaneous students, undated (Ref: KDEN/FP MISC), undergraduate withdrawals, 1990-1992, (Ref: KDEN/FP(W)), non-award student files, 1984-1996 (Ref: KDEN(NA)/FP), postgraduate student record cards, 1944, 1960, 1962-1964, 1966-1997 (Ref: KDEN/FPPG, KDEN/FPPGC), postgraduate miscellaneous student files, undated (Ref: KDEN/FPPG MISC), subsidiary non-award student record cards, 1978-1984 (Ref: KDEN(SUB)/FP), special course student files, 1991-1995 (Ref: KDEN(SPECIAL)/FP), Junior Year Abroad student files, 1979-1996 (Ref: KDEN(JYA)), Penn students, 1981-1997 (Ref: KDEN(PENN)). Information typically contained in undergraduate record cards includes name, year of entry, date of birth, year of graduation, permanent address, term time address, schools, courses, exam results, alternative courses, special subjects, activities and interests, postgraduate work and subsequent career. From 1967 onwards they also include tutor reports for all three terms for the duration of the degree. Information typically contained on postgraduate record cards includes name, date of birth, year of entry, degree and date of award, term and permanent address, name of supervisor, full-time or part-time, source of finance, activities and interests, title of thesis and remarks. Information on subsidiary student record cards includes date of birth, photo, addresses, tutors' reports and grades. Information on Special Course student record cards includes name of English course and name of main department/college. This series also includes withdrawals. The non-award series comprises EEC, Nursing and Occasional students. The information contained on these record cards includes date of birth, addresses, home university, dates of attendance, photo, subjects taken, tutors' term reports.


Periodic deposits by Department

System of arrangement

Undergraduates are organised by year of entry from 1943-1977, then alphabetically within each year. From 1981 onwards they are organised by year of graduation, then alphabetically within each year. Postgraduates are organised by year of entry, from 1966-73, then sorted alphabetically. Thereafter they are organised by year of leaving. Subsidiary, Junior Year Abroad and Penn students are organised by year of entry, then listed alphabetically. Later additions to the series are organised temporarily according to the year in which they were deposited in the Archives.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Subject to an eighty year closure period from 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, can be supplied to Departmental 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

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

King's College London Department of English Records (Ref: KCLCA 1996 KDEN/F, 1997 KDEN/F, 1999 KDEN/F); King's College London Attendance Registers (KA/RAT/KDE); examination question papers (Ref: K/EX).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London catalogues. 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

January 2002

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  • Curriculum
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational levels
  • Educational policy
  • Educational statistics
  • Enrolment
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Humanities education
  • Literature education
  • Photographs
  • Social science education
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Study abroad
  • Universities
  • University curriculum
  • University students
  • Visual materials

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of English

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