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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
King's College London Delegacy Minutes and Agenda Books
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
37 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Delegacy of University of London, King's College

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 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 which continued to be known as King's College London. The secular University of London, King's College, was governed by a new Delegacy, while the Theological Faculty continued to be governed by the Council. 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, 1981

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Delegacy of University of London, King's College, consist of minutes and agenda books, 1910-1980, namely volumes of bound, manuscript, minute books, 1910-1948, bound, typescript, minute books, 1949-1980, with separate index volumes, [1910-1980], and microfilm copies of minutes, 1910-1917; guard books containing copies of enclosures of correspondence, memoranda and reports, 1927-1980; agenda books relating to the subjects of discussion in the main Delegacy minute series, 1910-1980. The Delegacy minutes contain a wealth of information regarding teaching, administration and the strategic direction of the College, including finance, appointments, appeals, grants and awards, annual reports, and relations with other higher education institutions and especially the University of London.

System of arrangement

Minute books, agenda and guard books are arranged chronologically, 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


Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy. Hand list 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: Council Minutes and Agenda Books (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/C/AM, KA/C/RM); 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

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Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Delegacy

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