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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 G/S8-S20
GUY'S HOSPITAL: Student societies
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Guy's Hospital Medical School records
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
14 volumes; 45 files; 13 volumes and 26 folders


Name of creator(s)

GUY'S HOSPITAL: Student societies

Administrative / Biographical history

Guy's Hospital Clubs' Union was formed in 1891, on the amalgamation of various societies and clubs established for students and staff of the Hospital and Medical School. The constituent institutions included the Football Club, Athletics Club, Cricket Club, Bicycle Club, Guy's Hospital Gazette, Tennis Club, Physical Society, Prayer Union, Rugby Club and Student's Club. The Clubs' Union grounds were purchased in 1891 and situated in Honor Oak, London. The Clubs' Union was later known as Guy's Hospital Medical School Clubs' Union and later became the Students' Union. The Students' Club of Guy's Hospital was established in the 1882. The Club provided a dining hall, cafeteria, lounge and common rooms in the residential college of the medical school. The club also ran two common rooms, a table-tennis room, music room, billiards room, committee room, bar/lounge and quiet games room in the Newcommen Street premises of the school. The Students' Club was reformed in 1958 on its amalgamation with the Students' Union. The Clubs' Union Council merged with the Student's Club in 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of the Clubs' Union of Guy's Hospital, 1887-1986, comprising members' book of the Students' Club and Clubs' Union, 1887-1938; Clubs' Union members book, 1982-1986; minutes and related papers of the Clubs' Union Council, 1891-1973; agenda books, 1947-1966; minutes, with reports, of the Clubs' Union Committee, 1931-1946; minutes and related papers of the Clubs' Union Blues Committee, 1893-1904, 1932-[1958]; minutes, with annual reports, of the Clubs' Union Gate Committee, 1904-1909; papers of the sub committee to investigate Clubs' Union's financial position, 1905; minutes and related papers of the Clubs' Union Bar Committee, 1975-1979; out-letter books of the Honorary Secretary, relating to administration of the Clubs' Union, 1896-1905; correspondence files of the Honorary Secretary, 1968-1978, concerning the management of the Union and its facilities; files of the Clubs' Union Secretary, 1891-1977, containing correspondence, accounts, rules, plans, insurance policies, estimates for repairs and related papers relating to the management of the Clubs' Union, including the sports ground, Honor Oak Park, 1891-1938, Guy's Hospital Reading Room Club, 1899; financial records of the Clubs' Union, 1888-1978, notably balance sheets, 1888-1966; journals, 1893-1960; general ledgers, 1891-1966; subscription ledgers, 1892-1926; Clubs' Union grants to constituent clubs, 1931-1939; publications of the Clubs' Union, comprising Guy's Hospital Clubs' Union Year Book, 1892-1928; constitution, rules and standing orders, [1965-1984]; records of Guy's Hospital Students' Club, 1884-1963, comprising minutes and related papers of the Students' Club Committee, 1890-1963, including correspondence, 1890-1909 and rules and bye-laws, 1887-1891, 1931; Secretary's correspondence, 1884-1902, relating to Club membership and facilities, including report on the College Library, 1891; papers of the Students' Club, 1889-1934, relating to subscribers and members, catering and facilities, maintenance, refurbishment and insurance of the Club and gymnasium; financial records, notably cash books, 1885-1945, with accounts, 1887-1925; annual accounts and balance sheets, 1887-1913, 1933-1938; records of clubs of Guy's Hospital and Medical School, comprising minutes, related papers, correspondence and programmes of the Amateur Boxing Club, 1946-1972, including club rules; programmes, 1939, and history of the Athletic Club, c1920s; minutes, reports, photographs and history of the Boat Club, 1962-1973; minutes of the Cricket Club, 1885-1911, including rules; minutes of the Pavy Gymnasium annual general meetings, 1890-1960, and related papers and correspondence, 1947-1960; minutes, programmes, fixture lists and related papers of the Rugby Football Club, [1881]-1956; minutes of Snooker Club minutes, 1977-1984, and accounts, 1977-1980; printed fixture lists and details of club officers of the Hockey Club, 1936-1949; minutes of Guy's Hospital Debating Society, 1951-1957; printed fixture lists and details of club officers of the Association Football Club, 1936-1938.

System of arrangement

As outlined in the scope and content.

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 for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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

November 2002

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  • Clubs
  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Hospitals
  • Leisure
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Leisure time activities
  • Medical education
  • Medical students
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social welfare
  • Sport
  • Students

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Medical School
  • Guy's Hospital Medical School, Clubs' Union
  • Guy's Hospital Medical School, Students' Union
  • Guy's Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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