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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: General Court and Corporation Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
15 volumes


Name of creator(s)

General Court and Corporation

Administrative / Biographical history

The original Charter of King's College London established a Corporation comprising the governors and proprietors of King's, including four perpetual ecclesiastical representatives, five perpetual lay governors and King's shareholders. The General Court was the Annual General Meeting of the Corporation at which a treasurer and auditors were appointed and new members of the Council elected. Fellows were admitted to the Corporation according to the new Charter of 1882. The Corporation and Council retained overall responsibility for the theological King's College London following the King's College London (Transfer) Act of 1908, while the secular side of King's was incorporated in the University of London under the broad direction of the University Senate and managed by a Delegacy.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the General Court and Corporation consist of minute books, guard books and lists of members of the Court, 1830-1979. These comprise minutes of the Governors and Proprietors of King's College London, which from 1882 was entitled the General Court of the Corporation, including accounts and other papers, 1830-1979 (Ref: KA/G/M1-5); lists of new subscribers and donors, 1832-1834 (Ref: KA/G/M6); minutes of meetings to elect the Principal or Headmaster of King's College School, 1843-1910 (KA/G/M7); rough minutes of meetings,1865-1898 (Ref: KA/G/RM); Corporation guard books, mainly accounts and estimates relating to the Theological Department, 1927- 1978 (Ref: KA/G/GB);  lists of members nominated or elected to Council and Court, and names of treasurers and auditors, 1830-1979 (Ref: KA/G/N); minutes and papers of the Annual Court, 1966-1979 (Ref: KA/G/MP).

System of arrangement

Arranged into the main series as above and broadly chronologically within each series.

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 brief list of the contents of the collection 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

Please refer to the Council and Delegacy minutes for the decisions referred to in General Court and Corporation minute book series (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/D/M).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Source: Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, A centenary history of King's College London, 1828-1928 (London, 1929). 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

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Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, General Court and Corporation
  • King's College School

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