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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)
4 volumes and 1 file


Name of creator(s)

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

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

Ladies' Department, Women's Department and King's College for Women student registers, 1878-1919 (Reg: KWA/R). This series includes a register and file of examination classifications, 1878-1904, 1899, consisting of student listings under subject and class of degree awarded (Reg: KWA/R1, R3a); a register of term lists, 1879-1910, giving the numbers of students (no names) taking each course, tutor and fees for each term, and from 1906 also giving the number of students taking each public examination (Reg: KWA/R2); a register of certificates gained by students, 1884-1896, arranged by subject (Reg: KWA/R3); a register of matriculated students, 1902-1919, containing signature, date and witness (Reg: KWA/R4).

System of arrangement

Volume KWA/R1 is organised chronologically by subject, volumes KWA/R2-4 are organised via alphabetical indices at the front of 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

Detailed 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

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
  • 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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