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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Bills, ledgers, journals and cashbooks
Level of description
Series of the sub-fonds King's College London financial records
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
189 large volumes, 19 boxes, 2 binders


Name of creator(s)

King's College London

Administrative / Biographical history

The founding committee of King's College London first met in 1828 and the College, instituted by Royal Charter in 1829, opened in 1831. Under the King's College London Transfer Act of 1908 the secular departments of the existing King's College London became University of London King's College on 1 January 1910, to be governed by the Senate of the University via a College Delegacy. The theological department was separated from the rest of the College, to be known as King's College London, and continued to be governed by its council. Financial records were usually compiled by the College clerks under the direction of the College Secretary.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the creators to King's College London Archives.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Financial records of King's College London, 1828-1990, in the form of bills, ledgers, journals and cashbooks, comprising traders' bills, rates and taxes, insurance premiums, accounts and related material, 1828-1895; annual bundles giving fee incomes and individual salaries for King's College, Hospital and School, 1833-1845 (Ref: KA/BB); King's College London ledgers, 1829-1926, on accounts, departments, staff, students and equipment; University of London King's College ledgers, 1909-1917, and ledgers and ledger transfer binders, 1910-1971 but largely post 1917, including capital, administration, maintenance, salaries, departments, research grants, endowments, fees, donations, bank accounts and loans, scholarships and prizes, and superannuation; King's College London ledger transfer binders, 1926-1972, including Theological Department, general funds accounts, hostels, Trust funds, staff salaries, and bank accounts (Ref: KA/L); journals of King's College London, 1829-1977, and of University of London King's College, 1909-1971 (Ref: KA/J); cashbooks, 1829-1980, and summaries of cash receipts, 1875-1909, of King's College London; cashbooks, 1909-1951, payments cashbooks, 1951-1971, and cash receipts, 1909-1983, of University of London King's College (Ref: KA/CB); records of cashbooks departments, 1936-1971 (Ref: KA/CBD); accounting transactions, 1973-1986; Chelsea College transaction print, 1984-1985, and cumulative payroll data, 1986-1990 (Ref: KA/MF); King's College London Faculty of Theology cashbooks, 1910-1980 (Ref: KFT/CB), and ledgers on exhibitions and bursaries, 1949-1980 (Ref: KFT/L); records, mainly cashbooks, for various King's College London hostels, 1902-1974 (Ref: KH/CB, KHV/CB, KHP/CB, KHP/L, KHP/J, KHW/CB, KHH/CB).

System of arrangement

Arranged in series according to the form of the material and the creator, as indicated.

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

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Most of the records are on paper, but KA/MF is on microfiche.

Finding aids

Lists available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds other financial records of King's College London and associated bodies: account books, 1828-1959 (Ref: KA/BT/AB, KA/AB, KAF/WPB); salaries and wages books, 1849-1981 (Ref: KA/SAB, KA/WSB); fees books, 1831-1972 (Ref: KA/PFB, KA/SFB, KA/MFB).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: lists at King's College London Archives; F J C Hearnshaw, The Centenary History of King's College London 1828-1928 (George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1929), pp 416-17.

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

Mar 2001

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  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational budgets
  • Educational finance
  • Educational grants
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Government
  • Health services administration
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Organization and administration
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Public administration
  • Universities
  • Wages

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College
  • King's College Hospital
  • King's College London, Faculty of Theology
  • King's College London, Theological Department
  • King's College School, 1831-1897, Strand

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