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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/C/RM, KA/C/AM
Title
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Council Minutes and Agenda Books
Date(s)
1828-1996
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
53 volumes and boxes

Context

Name of creator(s)

King's College London Council

Administrative / Biographical history

The Council was the principal governing body of King's College London between its foundation in 1829 and the reorganisation of King's that took place with the King's College London (Transfer) Act of 1908. This both incorporated King's into the University of London (thereafter redesignated as University of London, King's College), and legally separated the Theological Faculty, which retained subscription to the 39 Articles for academic staff and continued to be known as King's College London. The Council remained exclusively as the governing body of the Theological Faculty with additional pastoral responsibility for students and staff of both Colleges, but the government of the secular University of London, King's College, was transferred to a new Delegacy established in February 1910. Both Council and Delegacy also maintained separate Professorial Board, Finance and other committees. Following the reunification of the Colleges by Royal Charter in 1980, responsibility for the government of the whole College was returned to the Council.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

College Secretary's Office.

Content & structure

Scope and content

King's College London Council minutes and agenda books, 1828-1996, include a record of College business from the first public declaration of an intention to found King's College London in 1828 through to 1996, comprising signed manuscript minute books with indexes, 1828-1947; typescript signed minutes with indexes, 1947-1980; typescript unsigned minutes and associated papers, 1980-1996; rough minute books, 1829-1845; microfilm copies of Council minutes, 1828-1875; annotated Council agenda books, 1845-1980. Early minutes detail all aspects of College business, but are especially strong on staff appointments, fellowships, awards and prizes, and teaching in specific departments including King's College Hospital, before thinning out during the 1890s. Since the reunification of the College in 1980, they include strategic planning and mergers, the work of the most important College committees, the place of King's within the framework of Higher Education and, in particular, College finances, and include copies of letters, circulars, and other relevant inserts and enclosures, and from 1947, the minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Council and Theological Committee.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged in bound volumes in chronological order, usually incorporating several academic years in each volume.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Archives reading room. 

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives: Delegacy Minutes with indices (Ref: KCLCA KA/D/M, KA/D/IN); Special Committees of Council (Ref: KCLCA KA/CS/M). Reference should also be made with General Board/Professorial Board/Academic Board minutes and associated papers (Ref: KCLCA KA/PB/M, KA/PB/RG, KA/PB/AM, KA/PB/GB, KA/PB/SB), records of the General Court and Corporation (Ref: KCLCA KA/G/M, KA/G/GB), records of the Finance Committee, Council Committee of Finance and Delegacy Finance Committee (Ref: KCLCA KA/F/M, KA/F/AM, KA/FD/GB), King's Secretarial, Registry and Principal's Office records (Ref: KCLCA KAS, KAR, KAP).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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

July 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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Subjects

  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational buildings
  • Educational courses
  • Educational finance
  • Educational governing boards
  • Educational grants
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational planning
  • Educational supervision
  • Governing bodies
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University courses
  • University governing bodies
  • University students

Corporate names

  • King's College Hospital
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Council
  • King's College School, 1831-1897, Strand

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