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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of Journalism 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 and 2 volumes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of Journalism

Administrative / Biographical history

The University of London ran courses in journalism from around 1923. Study comprised a two-year diploma programme initially available at four participating institutions: University College, Bedford College, the London School of Economics and King's College, and comprising classes in practical journalism, composition, modern history and English Literature. Teaching was concentrated at King's College from 1935 under the directorship of Tom Clarke, former editor of the News chronicle , and teachers included Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell, lecturer in Political Economy at University College and the future Chancellor of the Exchequer. The course was suspended on the outbreak of war in September 1939 and never reinstated.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The departmental records became scattered throughout King's College after World War Two but were located and transferred to the College Archive in piecemeal fashion in subsequent years. Some material was received from the Registrar's Office in 1983, and the University Archives, Senate House, in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Journalism Department at King's College London comprise minutes, correspondence, lecture notes and some printed pamphlets, newspapers and publicity material, 1923-1946; notably including minutes of the Journalism Committee of the University of London, the course's governing board, with some related papers, 1931-1945; manuscript and typescript correspondence, mainly with students, especially applications to study, regarding assignments and work placements, including correspondence with regional newspapers and publishers, but also illustrative of the broadcasting and lecturing work of Tom Clarke particularly on the freedom of the press in the late 1930s, 1923-1939; letters of enquiry from prospective students concerning the possible reinstatement of the diploma course, 1946; papers concerning The Electrical Association for Women and the Retail Trading Standards Association, including booklets and memoranda, 1935-1936; summaries of lecture notes compiled by Tom Clarke for teaching the practical journalism component of the diploma, 1935-1936; copies of The L.U.J.S. gazette , produced by journalism students, 1927-1935; newspaper cuttings concerning the teaching of journalism, 1923-1938.

System of arrangement

Mainly alphabetical in the case of student correspondence, but otherwise broadly chronological.

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.

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


Finding aids

Hand list available in the archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives: Secretarial series (Ref: KAS/AC2)

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources used: King's College London 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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  • Communications media
  • Educational administration
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sciences
  • Journalism
  • Journalist education
  • Newspaper press
  • Periodicals
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Publications
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University students
  • Vocational education

Personal names

  • Clarke, Tom, 1884-1957, Journalist

Corporate names

  • Electrical Association for Women
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Journalism
  • Retail Trading Standards Association
  • University of London, Journalism Committee

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