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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
King's College London Council Special Committee Minutes
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London

Administrative / Biographical history

The Council of King's College London, the governing body of the College, gave rise to a number of sub-committees including the important General/Professorial/Academic Board, and the Finance Committee. It also authorised a variety of ad hoc committees required to arrange specific events, oversee appointments and lectureships, and organise the academic activity of specific departments or faculties. Following the King's College (Transfer) Act of 1908, and the legal separation of King's into the secular University of London, King's College, and the Theological King's College London in 1909-1910, oversight of these committees was transferred to the new Delegacy. The reunification of King's in 1980 brought them back under the ultimate control of Council.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

College Secretary's Office, 1981

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the special committees of the Council of King's College London consist of minutes and some other papers, mainly concerning appointments to posts, 1835-1938; notably including Medical Department, Medical Committee and Hospital Committee minutes and papers on the allocation of teaching space, laboratory provision, appointments to surgical and other posts including Physiology, the Sambrooke Registrarship, a proposed museum for medical exhibits, outpatients and the provision of hospital beds, the Bacteriological Department and the development of other new departments, and the removal of the Hospital, 1835-1910; minutes of a Special Committee into College Finances, 1895-1896; papers relating to King's College School including the selection of pupils, staff appointments, accommodation and the School's relocation, 1849-1910; papers concerning Engineering at King's including the teaching of drawing, the curriculum and appointments, 1891-1910; minutes of the Committee of Education including the financial standing of the Department, 1891-1893; minutes of various committees relating to the education of women, 1881-1905; committees relating to academic Chairs including those of Ecclesiastical History, Exegesis of the New Testament, Fine Art, Arts of Construction, Chemistry, Geology, Italian, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Philosophy, Political Economy and Sanskrit, 1835-1938; relating to the office of the Principal, 1868; relating to the Council's recognition of the General Board and Boards of Departments, 1869; proposals to amalgamate the Chairs of Chemistry, 1870; relating to the teaching of Physics, 1884; proposals to revive the teaching of Oriental languages, 1884; committees concerned with the nomenclature of departments and faculties, most notably the reorganisation of General Literature and Science, 1887; Building Committee minutes and other papers relating to site maintenance including tenders for new construction, laboratories and a photographic room, 1835-1904; Strand School, 1904-1910; Theological minutes and papers including the Theological Professorial Board, Hostel, the Inspection of Theological Colleges and the College Chapel, 1841-1938.

System of arrangement

The records are arranged in a series of bound volumes in a broadly chronological order. The volumes are indexed.

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


Finding aids

A detailed catalogue is available in hard copy in the College 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 Special Committee minute books (Ref: KCLCA KA/DS/M), Council minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M), Theological Board and Theological Professorial Board minutes (Ref: KCLCA KFT/M, KA/TB/M).

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

January 2002

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  • Economics education
  • Economics of education
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  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
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  • University governing bodies
  • Vocational education
  • Women students
  • Womens education

Corporate names

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

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