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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL: Secretary/House Governor/District
Created 1853-1990
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College Hospital
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
334 files


Name of creator(s)

King's College Hospital Secretary/House Governor/District Administrator

Administrative / Biographical history

When King's College Hospital opened in 1840, the Council of King's College London was also the governing body of the Hospital, with the right to appoint all medical staff. All members of the Council were ex-officio Governors of the Hospital, and the Council appointed two of its number to be members of the Hospital's Committee of Management. The Governors of the Hospital consisted mainly of major donors and subscribers. The Committee of Management undertook the daily administration of the Hospital and appointed lay officers including the Secretary. In July 1948 when the National Health Service Act (1946) came into operation, a Board of Governors took responsibility for the control and management of the King's College Hospital Group. When the first reorganisation of the National Health Service took place in April 1974, King's College Hospital Group was replaced by King's Health District (Teaching), and the Board of Governors were replaced by a District Management Team which included a District Administrator.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Hospital.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of King's College Hospital Secretary, House Governor and District Administrator, 1853-1990, comprising: committee files, 1909-1985, (KHS/AD1), including minutes, agenda, general correspondence, reports and papers, of the Board of Governors, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Committee of Management (later House Committee), and other House Committees of the King's College Hospital Group including St Giles Hospital, Dulwich Hospital, St Francis and Belgrave Hospitals, and sub-committees; general management, policy and administration files, 1856-1990, (KHS/AD2), consisting of papers on various subjects including the rules of government and the legal and financial position of voluntary hospitals in London, the State Registration of Nurses, income and expenditure statements, the consequences of the National Insurance Act 1911 regarding sick pay for nurses, servants and porters, details of festival dinners, job descriptions, regulations for the admission of patients, and other hospital matters; planning and development, buildings, and property files, 1853-1985, (KHS/AD3), including papers relating to new King's College Hospital buildings and the removal of the Hospital, accounts and correspondence of the removal fund, reports on drainage, correspondence with architects, inventories of hospital furniture and equipment, and other papers relating to the development and building plans for King's College Hospital and its associated hospitals; Secretary's correspondence files, 1879-1914, (KHS/AD4), consisting of letters mainly communicating decisions and resolutions of the Committee of Management, general out-letters, general correspondence, and correspondence relating to donations to the special appeal fund for improvements to the Hospital 1902-1903.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically under 'Committees', 'General management, policy and administration', 'Planning and development, buildings, and property', and 'Secretary's correspondence'.

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

Related units of description

King's College London Archives also holds minutes and meeting papers of KCH Board of Governors (Ref: KH/G & KH/GS), Committee of Management/House Committee (Ref: KH/CM, KH/CMS & KHS/F), and the Finance Committee/Finance and General Purposes Committee (Ref: KH/F & KH/FS).

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

Mar 2000

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  • Health services
  • Hospital administration
  • Hospital finance
  • Hospital management
  • Hospitals
  • Inventories
  • Management operations
  • Medical institutions
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Paramedical personnel
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Planning
  • Plans
  • Secondary documents
  • Social sciences
  • Social welfare
  • Surgery
  • Visual materials

Corporate names

  • Belgrave Hospital for Children, London
  • Dulwich Hospital, London
  • King's College Hospital
  • St Francis Hospital
  • St Giles Hospital

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