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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Publications, Serials and Periodicals
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
64 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Various departments and Press and Publications Office/External Relations.

Content & structure

Scope and content

King's College London Publications: Serials and Periodicals, 1836-2014. This class of ephemera contains 150 distinct titles of annual/termly periodical comprising newsletters and magazines about the College, its students and staff, illustrating its academic work and social life from the earliest years to the present day. Most series are incomplete and sometimes contain only single editions of predominantly recent titles. The main series of publications comprise long running College magazines such as King's College Review/Lucifer (1899-1966), of which there exist bound and duplicate sets, King's College London News (1981-1984), The King's College London Report (1993-2000), Comment (1984-2001) and the staff bulletin, Viewpoint (1973-1979) and Library staff magazine, Ex Libris (later retitled No Comment ) (1996-2001). They also include departmental and faculty periodicals and newsletters such as The Kingsman (1958-1978), which was one of several journals associated with the Theology Faculty, the War Studies Review (1994-1998), War Studies Journal (1995-1999) and Department of War Studies Diary (1993-1997), The Siphon , magazine of the Faculty of Science (1946-1968), the Nurses' League Journal (1926-2000), King's College School Magazine (1890-1903), King's College London Association newsletter, later retitled In Touch (1972-1999), Computer Unit newsletters (1967-1996) and the Ladies' Department Magazine (1896-1914). They also include support services and Trades Union magazines and newsletters including of the Library and NALGO, Development Office, Chaplaincy and Staff Development and Training, Students' Union and Rag magazines, most prominently, Magus (1974-1985). The collection contains a few examples of periodicals external to King's College, mainly concerned with the Higher Education sector, such as the Newsletter of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (1995-1998) and relating to various aspects of the work of the University of London. Content is very broad and diverse, including events listings, College and departmental news, obituaries, sporting fixtures, society business and original articles, particularly in The King's Engineer (1922-1968) and Lucifer (1951-1966), whose distinctive ironical and experimental character was reflected in critical commentary on South Africa and Vietnam, pornography and censorship, examples of cutting edge poetry, alongside theatre reviews and original articles, drawings and caricatures including by Derek Jarman and the writer and broadcaster, Michael Bukht.


Regular accruals from various departments and Press and Publications Office.

System of arrangement

Arranged into a numerical sequence according to the date of accession.

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 documents should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in Archives reading room at King's College.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Various other classes of ephemera at King's supplement the information provided in the serials and periodicals section, notably including press releases, College reports and syllabuses and prospectuses.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London catalogues. 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

December 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Associations
  • Clubs
  • Communications media
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational associations
  • Educational levels
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational systems
  • Government
  • Health services administration
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sciences
  • Labour relations
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Newsletters
  • Organization and administration
  • Organizations
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Periodicals
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Public administration
  • Publications
  • Sport
  • Staff associations
  • Student organizations
  • Students
  • Teacher associations
  • Teacher trade unions
  • Trade unions
  • Universities
  • University students
  • Women students
  • Womens education

Corporate names

  • King's College London Association
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Chaplaincy
  • King's College London, Computer Unit
  • King's College London, Department of War Studies
  • King's College London, Faculty of Theology
  • King's College London, Ladies' Department
  • King's College London, Students' Union
  • NALGO, National and Local Government Officers Association
  • University of London

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