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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Series level descriptions of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
9 volumes


Administrative / Biographical history

In 1871 King's College London began courses of lectures and classes to meet the needs of higher education for women, reflecting the support of its Principal, the Rev Dr Barry. Following these early developments, a women's college was opened in 1877 in Kensington. In 1885, this became a constituent department of King's College London known as the Ladies' Department. Classes were provided in the field of Arts, Sciences, Fine Art and Music and Theology, as well as more practical subjects. In 1895 students began working for Oxford Honours examinations, and Science courses were arranged for External examinations. In 1899 the Council opened the Associateship of King's College (AKC) to students and in 1900 students began preparing for internal degrees, as a result of which in 1902 the Ladies' Department became known as the Women's Department. The Home Science Department was founded in 1908. In 1910, the Women's Department was incorporated into the University of London as a distinct College, and named King's College for Women. In the session 1914-1915 the work of the College diverged. Divinity, Arts and Science subjects were transferred to King's College on the Strand. Home Science, however, became the Household and Social Science Department, still a department of King's College for Women, but relocated to new premises in Campden Hill. The College achieved independence in 1928 as the newly styled King's College of Household and Social Science and was known as Queen Elizabeth College from 1953 until the merger with King's College in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

King's College for Women record books, 1897-1917 (Ref: KWA/REC). This series consists of student record books, 1903-1917, giving name, address, age, parent's profession previous education, date of entry, date of matriculation, examinations prior and subsequent to matriculation, terminal reports, subjects taken, positions of responsibility held, prizes and distinctions, and some information on subsequent achievements; record books of examinations, 1905-1918, which gives name and exam studied for, and can be cross referenced to the student record books; record book of students taking London, Oxford and other examinations, 1897-1903, which contains a similar level of information as the student record books; record book of students taking the Archbishop's Diploma in Theology, 1905-1907, giving address, previous education, parents' profession, date of entry, subjects taken, examinations prior to entry and termly reports.

System of arrangement

Organised chronologically then alphabetically within each volume.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Subject to an eighty-year closure period from date of leaving, but may be consulted by appropriate College staff.

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

Lists are available for consultation 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 King's College for Women Attendance Registers, Address Books, Registers, Fees Books and Entrance Schedules.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London catalogues; Neville Marsh, The history of Queen Elizabeth College (London, 1986). Compiled by Beverley Ager as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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

March 2002

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  • Curriculum
  • Educational attendance
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational levels
  • Educational statistics
  • Educational systems
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University curriculum
  • University students
  • Women students
  • Womens education

Corporate names

  • King's College London, Ladies' Department
  • King's College London, Women's Department
  • King's College for Women

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