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Identity statement

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


Name of creator(s)

University of London

Administrative / Biographical history

The University of London was established in 1836 as a degree awarding body until its refoundation in 1900 when it adopted the federal structure of the modern teaching University. The Senate was the sole governing and executive body of the University until the creation of the Court under the terms of the University of London Act of 1926. The Senate retained authority over academic affairs, while the Court managed financial matters. The Senate is composed of senior representatives of the Schools, Colleges and Institutes that make up the University and is normally located in the University buildings at Bloomsbury, which were opened in 1936.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Principal and College Secretary's Office, 1981-1990.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the University of London in King's College London Archives consist of Senate minutes, University regulations and calendars, 1844-1990. These comprise minutes of the University Senate, including some appendices, covering regulations, scholarships, finance, social affairs, libraries, general administration and strategic planning, 1950-1981; printed and bound Regulations for Internal Students of the University, 1973-1988; Calendars of the University of London, 1844, 1850, 1869, 1878, 1918-1919, 1923-1930, 1934-1935, 1937-1939, 1947- 1957, 1959-1990. These contain a wealth of information concerning the University and its staff and students, covering the history of the University, regulations, clubs and societies and list the teaching staff of the University and its officers. Calendars up to 1930 also list internal students of the constituent colleges including King's College.

System of arrangement

Minutes, regulations and Calendars are arranged chronologically.

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


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

The University of London Library contains a full record of the minutes of the Senate, and of Regulations and Calendars.

Related units of description

The relationship between King's and the University can be traced in particular via the Council and Delegacy minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/D/M). The records of the University of London Archive at Senate House contain original material covering every aspect of the organisation and operation of the University, 1840-1994 (Ref: GB 0096 UoL).

Publication note

Negley Harte, The University of London, 1836-1986 (London, 1986); S. Gordon Wilson, The University of London and its Colleges (London, 1923).

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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  • Communications media
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational finance
  • Educational history
  • Educational levels
  • Educational planning
  • Educational sciences
  • Educational statistics
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sciences
  • Periodicals
  • Publications
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University students
  • Yearbooks

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • University of London
  • University of London, Senate

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