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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Department of the Humanities Student and Other Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
15 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Department of the Humanities, Chelsea College, Department of the Humanities

Administrative / Biographical history

A Liberal Studies Department was first introduced at Chelsea College of Science and Technology in 1958 in order to fulfil a requirement for more broadly based technical qualifications by providing courses in film, music, architectural appreciation, literature, history of science, modern languages and sociology that were open to all students of the College. Liberal Studies changed its name to the Department of Humanities in 1967 and introduced a postgraduate Diploma in Modern Cultural Studies. It also organised extra-curricular activities such as music recitals, drama productions and poetry readings. Its functions were taken over by the Faculty of Arts at King's College when Chelsea and King's merged in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Chelsea College Department of the Humanities, 1983.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Chelsea College of Science and Technology and Chelsea College Department of the Humanities student and other records, 1958-1983. This class of material contains some student information on BSc and visiting BA undergraduate and DCC (Diploma of Chelsea College) students, 1967-1983. BSc and DCC information typically includes name, course work including aggregate marks, percentage marks, letter grading, honour points, degree, class and comments. The remainder of the collection comprises correspondence, accounts and financial data, timetables and printed programmes and handouts. This includes general correspondence on the administration of the College, with the Registry and notably concerning resource allocation, 1958-1983; correspondence with other College departments, 1958-1978; staff correspondence, 1968-1983; selective summary of Senate minutes, 1967-1981; accounts books, 1961-1982; finance yearly estimates, 1959-1983; administrative proposals and submissions relating to the strategic development of the College, 1959-1982; Humanities' Annual Reports, 1958-1982; examination question papers and related correspondence, 1969-1983; handouts describing the course content of the Diploma in Modern Social and Cultural Studies, 1969-1982, and visiting undergraduate BA programmes, 1975-1982; syllabuses and notices of liberal and arts events, 1958-1981.

System of arrangement

The records are boxed in the order in which they were received.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Student records are subject to an eighty year closure period from date of leaving, but may be consulted by appropriate College staff at the discretion of the Director of Archive Services. Other, non-student, records are closed for thirty years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, can be supplied to appropriate College 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

A list of contents is available in hard copy 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

See also Chelsea Registry and Secretarial series for additional administrative records (Ref: CAR, CAS). A complete run of Senate minutes are located under the reference, CA/S/M. The main series of Chelsea registry student records (Ref: CAR/FP, CAR/FPC, CAR/RE) and especially microfilm and microfiche records (Ref: C/MF, C/MF) overlap with the Humanities student records outlined in the Scope and Content section above.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Chelsea syllabuses; H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College-A History (London, 1977). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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

February 2002

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  • Arts
  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum guides
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational budgets
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational publications
  • Educational statistics
  • Educational supervision
  • Enrolment
  • Exceptional students
  • Foreign students
  • Governing bodies
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Teacher conditions of employment
  • Teaching profession
  • Universities
  • University curriculum
  • University governing bodies
  • University students

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Department of the Humanities
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Department of the Humanities
  • Chelsea College, Department of the Humanities
  • Chelsea College, Department of the Humanities
  • King's College London College Archives

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