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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Faculty of Arts, King's College London School of Humanities

Administrative / Biographical history

The origins of the Faculty of Arts lay in the Department of General Literature and Science. The Department came into being in 1839 in response to the need for a greater differentiation of the syllabus for students of the Senior Department at King's College London. As its name suggests, it constituted a broad faculty or grouping of subjects and classes that provided a core liberal syllabus in the arts and sciences available to all students of King's, including Medical students. Principal subjects included English Literature, Theology, Modern History, Classics, Modern Languages and Mathematics, but later instruction covered subjects as diverse as Geology, Law, Political Economy and Oriental Languages. The division between General Literature and Science Departments, that took place in 1888, foreshadowed the replacement of General Literature by the new Faculty of Arts in 1893. The Faculty of Arts was replaced by the School of Humanities in 1989.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities at King's College London comprise minutes, correspondence and other papers, 1898-1995. These notably include bound Faculty Board minutes covering academic issues such as teaching, examinations and staffing, 1898-1989; minutes of the Humanities Computer Users' Committee with supporting materials, 1990-1993; correspondence on the relationship between the School and the Library, including School of Humanities Library Committee minutes, 1989-1993; research grant applications, proposals and costings, financial forecasts and budgetary planning for the School, 1990-1993; statistics on staff-student ratios and examination results within the various constituent departments of the Faculty, 1982-1985; typescript memorandum relating to the relocation of the College to Bristol during World War Two and air raid protection, 1941; papers relating to the Graduate School of the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 1994-1995; Faculty photographs of class intakes, 1965-1973.

System of arrangement

The records are mainly 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.

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: Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities student records (Ref: KFA/FP, KFA/FPC, KSH/FP, KSH/FPPG, KSH/FP(W), KSH/FPPG(W), KSH/FPND, KFA/FP(ADV); records of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Ref: KCLCA 1996 KSH (MGS), KSH/BMGS); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX). Also see the individual records of constituent departments.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell 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

April 2002

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  • Academic teaching personnel
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Examination marks
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Humanities education
  • International conflicts
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Social science education
  • Student evaluation
  • Teachers
  • Universities
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Faculty of Arts
  • King's College London, School of Humanities


  • Bristol, Avon, England
  • London, England

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