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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Calendars
Level of description
Series level description of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
153 volumes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London

Administrative / Biographical history

See Scope and content.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College London Library.

Content & structure

Scope and content

King's College London Calendars, 1832-1986. This series is one of the most important and accessible sources of biographical information on students and staff, an illustration of the changing content of courses, lectures and syllabuses and of the evolution of the administrative structure of the College since its inception. The level of information varies: the earliest and most recent calendars and those published during the two World Wars, for example, contain less detailed information than the period between 1848 and 1976. The first calendar, 1832-1833, contains a table of contents, texts of the sermon preached at the opening of the College and the texts of public lectures, some of which are the only copies extant in the College Archives. The bulk of the series typically consist of a table of contents; calendar of term dates and events; general information on all departments within the College; lists of Governors, the Council, the Delegacy, Professorial/Academic Board members, academic staff, masters, associates, scholars, fellows and prize winners and university distinctions; outlines of lecture courses, syllabi, examination question papers; fees; some texts of lectures and addresses; rules and regulations; and annual reports of the Council and Delegacy. Indices begin in 1846. Comprehensive lists of all students and pupils begin in 1847 and refer to those who enrolled during the previous academic session. Lists of senior academic staff for each department begin in the earliest calendars and additional consolidated alphabetical lists of past and present staff are printed from 1880. The calendar for 1882 contains a copy of the King's College London Act to amend the constitution. Descriptions of associate grammar schools are included up until 1892, and brief descriptions of College societies are given from 1896. The 1903 calendar contains the King's College London Acts of 1882 and 1903. Calendars from 1909 include a copy of an outline history of the College. Lists relating to King's College School's masters or pupils end in 1912. The calendar for 1915 includes tables of past and present members of the College on active service. Calendars from 1942-1943 through to 1947-48 also include a roll of honour of those members of the College killed whilst on active service. The 1948 calendar contains the second version of the history of King's College. From 1964 onwards there is no full list of students in attendance, but information includes a general index and index of names, and the third version of the College history. The printing of Annual Reports ceases in 1976. The 1980 calendar contains the fourth history of King's, and the fifth version of the history appeared in 1984. The 1985 calendar is typical of later volumes, comprising a contents page giving historical background, general information, administrative, committee, faculty and departmental structure, and an alphabetical list of staff. Following the merger of King's with Queen Elizabeth and Chelsea Colleges in 1985, the publication of calendars was discontinued.

System of arrangement

The volumes were published in a straight chronological run by academic year.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open and available for consultation in the King's College London Reading Room.

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. Some early volumes are fragile and unsuitable for copying.

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Existence and location of copies

A duplicate set of Calendars is held in storage in the King's College Archives.

Related units of description

Information contained within the Calendars is often duplicated elsewhere in the College Archives, notably in the Publications section that includes prospectuses, lecture lists and other notices, while lists of students and staff can often be located in departmental, payroll and personnel records and in other student lists. Lists of King's College School alumni are also available separately. Annual Reports and College charters are also located separately in the minute books series and among the Charters, Statutes and Acts series.

Description control

Archivist's Note

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

August 2002

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  • Calendars
  • Communications media
  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum guides
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational history
  • Educational institutions
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational publications
  • Educational sciences
  • Educational statistics
  • Examinations
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sciences
  • Lectures (teaching method)
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Periodicals
  • Personnel
  • Publications
  • Schoolchildren
  • Schools
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Teaching methods
  • Universities
  • University curriculum
  • University students
  • Women students

Corporate names

  • King's College Hospital
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Civil Service Department, founded 1875
  • King's College London, Ladies Department
  • King's College London, Women's Department
  • King's College School, 1831-1897, Strand
  • King's College for Women, London

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