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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 KCLCA 1994 KDP
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of History and Philosophy of Science Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
10 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London | Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Administrative / Biographical history

A Department of History and Philosophy of Science was established at University College London when the study of the history of science became popular during the 1950s. The first students were admitted to Chelsea College in 1964 and a Department was created in 1966. It was transferred to King's College London when Chelsea and King's merged in 1985 and in 1993 became part of the Department of Philosophy in the School of Humanities.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Department of Philosophy in 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at King's College London comprise minutes, correspondence and reports, 1964-1992. These notably include minutes of the committee charged with setting up a department at Chelsea College, 1964; Chelsea College Academic Board minutes, 1966-1969; School of Humanities minutes, 1990-1992; University of London Board of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science minutes, 1990; daily general correspondence on joint courses, research assessment, libraries and with other universities, 1989-1992; correspondence relating to course structure, seminars and joint degrees, 1965-1978, correspondence on the strategic development of the Department, 1981-1982, merger negotiations, 1983-1985, examinations, 1987-1988, University of London Board of Studies, 1987-1991; Departmental annual reports, 1968-1972.

System of arrangement

Boxed according to the main series outlined in the Scope and Content section above.

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.

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 Archives: examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX). See also Chelsea College Registry material relating to the creation and management of the Department (Ref: CAR).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Chelsea College and King's 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

October 2001

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