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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA 1997 KDGG; 1998 KDGG; 1999 KDGG
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of Geography Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
18 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of Geography

Administrative / Biographical history

Physical geography, imperial geography, and history and geography, were subjects taught in the Department of General Literature and Science and the Evening Studies Department at King's from the 1850s. A chair in geography was established in 1863. The department became part of the Faculty of Arts in 1893, and the subject taught under an intercollegiate arrangement with the London School of Economics from 1922, becoming known as the Joint School of Geography from 1949. The department was part of the School of Humanities from 1989 and in 2001 merged with the Geography Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Department of Geography.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of King's College London Department of Geography include staff committee minutes, correspondence, working papers and publications, 1930-1996; most notably departmental staff committee minutes, 1980-1993; papers relating to the organisation and reorganisation of the department and the implications for geography of the merger of King's with Queen Elizabeth and Chelsea Colleges, 1967-1988; papers relating to the Faculty of Arts, King's College London, 1987-1989; papers relating to research income in the department, 1983-1996; correspondence on appointments to the staff and concerning personnel in general, 1990-1994; staff-student committee minutes, 1969-1990; correspondence with the London School of Economics, 1981-1989; correspondence and statistics relating to the Board of Examiners and examination results, 1980-1987; correspondence concerning proposals for new Domesday survey, 1982; papers including correspondence, typescript reports and printed pamphlets on overseas field expeditions, 1982-1984; minutes, correspondence and safety guidelines relating to the Management Committee of the Rogate Field Centre, the biological, geographical and geological study centre opened in West Sussex in 1968, 1968-1993; working papers and enrolment forms concerning the European Community ERASMUS programme to facilitate co- operation between European universities, 1991-1996; teaching schedules, course information and syllabuses, 1967-1990; minutes, correspondence and printed reports of the King's College and London School of Economics Joint School Society, 1980-1992; MSc thesis by David Linton, lecturer in Geography at King's College, on drainage in Wessex, 1930; typescript copy of a draft of book by Professor John Thornes and Professor Denys Brunsden entitled Geomorphology and time (London, 1977); offprints of articles by David Linton and other members of staff including in the Scottish geographical magazine and Geographical journal on topics ranging from glaciation and drainage to human populations, 1932-1971; printed reports and bibliographies concerning Geography departmental expeditions and the published work of Sidney William Wooldridge, Professor of Geography, King's College, 1964-1966.

System of arrangement

Boxed by year of accession.

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 undergraduate and postgraduate files (Ref: KCLCA KDGG/FP, KDGG/FP(W), KDGG/FPPG); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX); Secretarial series (Ref: KCLCA KAS/AC2).

Description control

Archivist's Note

King's College London Calendars, College prospectuses. 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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  • Bibliographies
  • Communications media
  • Curriculum
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational planning
  • Educational programmes
  • Educational statistics
  • Enrolment
  • Examination marks
  • Exchange programmes
  • Field work
  • Geography education
  • Government
  • Health services administration
  • Information sciences
  • Organization and administration
  • Periodicals
  • Personnel management
  • Public administration
  • Publications
  • Recruitment
  • Research work
  • Science education
  • Secondary documents
  • Student evaluation
  • Student exchange
  • University curriculum

Personal names

  • Brunsden, Denys, b 1936, Professor of Geography
  • Linton, David Leslie, 1906-1971, geographer
  • Thornes, John, fl 1977-2002, Professor of Geography
  • Wooldridge, Sidney William, 1900-1963, Professor of Geography

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Geography
  • LSE, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Rogate Field Centre

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