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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Delegacy 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)
4 boxes


Name of creator(s)

University of London, King's College

Administrative / Biographical history

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, the original governing Council of King's College London was replaced by a Delegacy. To it reported a number of sub-committees including the important General/Professorial/Academic Board, and the Finance Committee. The Delegacy 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. The reunification of King's in 1980 brought the committees 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 Delegacy of King's College London consist of minutes of a variety of committees, 1910-1955. These include committees on individual departments including Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Evening Classes, Slavonic Studies and Bacteriology and Public Health, notably covering the Engineering Society, departmental reorganisation and equipment, 1910-1950; Refectory Committee, 1918-1931; Fellows Committee, 1924-1954; Committee of Deans, including the calendar, fees, admission of women, student statistics and social activities, 1921-1943; College Dinner/Fellows Dinner/Luncheon Club Committees, 1924-1954; Public Lectures Committee, including notes on the Gilbart Banking Lectures and programmes of public lectures in each department, 1946-1955; the Conversazione Committee, 1932-1954; Men's and Women's Hostel Committees, with some accounts and prospectuses, 1923-1931.

System of arrangement

The records are arranged in a series of bound volumes in a continuous chronological sequence. 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: Council Committee minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/CS/M); Delegacy minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/D/M).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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

April 2002

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  • Chemistry education
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational associations
  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational systems
  • Engineering education
  • Health education
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Higher science education
  • Language instruction
  • Lectures (teaching method)
  • Science education
  • Second language instruction
  • Student housing
  • Student organizations
  • Student welfare
  • Students
  • Teaching methods
  • Universities
  • University students
  • Women students
  • Womens education

Corporate names

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

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