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Identity statement

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


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of German

Administrative / Biographical history

Courses in German language and literature were provided by the Department of General Literature and Science from 1831, and were later also made available to students in the Evening Classes Department. A discrete Department was formed in the late 19th century with the creation of the Faculty of Arts in 1893, and was incorporated into the School of Humanities in 1989.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College German Department.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the King's College London German Department consist of correspondence, order books and photographs, 1932-1995. These include correspondence concerning awards and prizes to students, correspondence with alumni, the method of student appraisals, applications for research funding granted to members of staff, the appointment of language assistants in the department as part of a German academic exchange scheme, relating to the heads of department, notably including correspondence with prominent scholars such as Professor Wolfgang Mohr, and especially concerning German Society drama productions including their organisation, funding and publicity, with photographs, 1959-1995; papers relating to the Beaver College Center for Education Abroad, 1982-1986; papers relating to applications for the vacant Chair of German, 1993- 1994 (closed); order books for publications requested by the department for incorporation in the library, 1932-1960; lists of students, [1944-1946].

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological within blocks arranged 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

English and German

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London German Department student records (Ref: KCLCA KDG/RG, KDG/FPC, KDG/FPPG, KDG); examination question papers (Ref: K/EPH); Secretarial series (Ref: KAS/AC2). Private papers relating to the German Department include those of Freda Mond (Ref: KCLCA Mond), Professor Frederick Pickering (Ref: KCLCA Pickering), Professor Henry Gibson Atkins (Ref: K/PP 41), Professor Ilse Graham (Ref: K/PP 23).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College Calendars. 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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  • Drama
  • Educational grants
  • Educational levels
  • Educational programmes
  • Educational statistics
  • Exchange programmes
  • German
  • Germanic languages
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Indo-european languages
  • Language instruction
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Photographs
  • Second language instruction
  • Universities
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • Mohr, Wolfgang, fl 1963-1985, German literary scholar

Corporate names

  • Beaver College Center for Education Abroad
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of German

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