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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL: Committee of Management/House Committee
Created 1839-1973
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College Hospital
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
61 files, 1 microfilm reel, 2 card indexes


Name of creator(s)

King's College Hospital Committee of Management/House Committee

Administrative / Biographical history

King's College Hospital Committee of Management was established in 1840. It was elected by and from the Annual Court of the Governors of King's College London, with the College Council appointing two members itself. The Committee of Management undertook the day-to-day administration of the Hospital and appointed lay officers including the Secretary, Steward and Matron. This arrangement of dual control between the Council and the Committee of Management sometimes led to friction, and did not become law until 1851 with the Act of Incorporation. As a consequence of King's College Hospital becoming King's College Hospital Group in 1948, the Committee of Management became the House Committee in 1950. In 1963 the House Committees of King's College Hospital and Belgrave Hospital amalgamated, and were henceforth referred to as the King's College Hospital House Committee, until 1968 when Belgrave Hospital House Committee was transferred from the care of King's and combined with the St Francis Hospital House Committee.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Hospital.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Minutes of the Committee of Management (later House Committee) of King's College Hospital, 1839-1973, (KH/CM/M1-32), often including meeting papers and detached indexes; minutes of the Committee of Management, 1922-1929, (KH/MSC/M2); minutes of sub-committees of the Committee of Management, 1851-1949, (KH/CMS/M1-19), including meetings concerning the Building and Endowment Fund, 1851-1864, the Committee of Stewards, 1856-1861, quarterly reports of the Chaplain, 1860-1873, Medical Committee, 1874-1882, Convalescent Home Sub-Committee, 1877-1892, reports by quarterly auditors and house visitors and their sub-committees, 1877-1930, Works (sub-) Committee, 1887-1904, Dispensary Committee, 1898-1948, Samaritan Fund Committee, 1927-1948, Joint Radium (sub-) Committee, 1930-1934, Development (sub-) Committee, 1930-1936, Library Committee, 1935-1937, Catering Executive Committee and the Catering General Committee, 1944-1949, and various other sub-committees; minutes, meeting papers and reports of the House Committee's sub-committees: the Catering (sub-) Committee, 1949-1955, (KH/FS/M1), the Samaritan and Convalescent Home Sub-Committee, 1949-1955, (KH/FS/M1), and the Staff Representative Committee (Catering), 1950-1951, (KH/FS/M1); minutes and meeting papers of the Linen Sub-Committee of the House Committee, 1952-1954, (KH/FS/M2); Committee of Management agenda books, 1909-1933, (KH/CM/AM1-3); signature book of the House Committee, 1962-1973, (KH/CM/SB); Chapel fund annual accounts, 1878-1881, (KH/CMS/ACC1); general correspondence, 1894 & 1902, (KH/CM/F); reports of house visitors, 1921-1962, (KHS/F1); resolutions and guardbooks containing extracts from minutes and circulars of the Medical Sub-Committee and other sub-committees of the Committee of Management, 1923-1929, (KH/CT13); card indexes comprising the subjects of the minutes of the Committee of Management, [1945-1957], (KH/INC1 & KH/INC4 (part)).

System of arrangement

Arranged as 'Minutes of the Committee of Management', 'Minutes of Sub-Committees', 'Other Records' and '(Miscellaneous) Reports Volumes'. KH/MSC/M2 is microfilm. 2 alphabetical card indexes.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file.

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, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Handlist available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Existence and location of copies

Two microfilm reels entitled 'King's College Hospital Committee of Management, Jan 3 1932 and Jan 5 1933, April 4 1929, Jan 5 1937' (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA KH/CM/MF1-2).

Related units of description

Minutes concerning hospital positions are held under 'Special Committees of Council' (Ref: KA/CS/M).

Description control

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

Feb 2000

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  • Health services
  • Hospital administration
  • Hospital finance
  • Hospital management
  • Hospitals
  • Medical institutions
  • Social sciences
  • Social welfare

Corporate names

  • King's College Hospital, Committee of Management/House Committee

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