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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA KDMU, 1986 KDM.
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of Music Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
10 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of Music

Administrative / Biographical history

Vocal music was a subject taught in the Department of General Literature and Science between 1843 and 1915. Music was an externally examined subject within the University of London from around 1900 until the University of London King Edward Chair was converted into a full-time professorship based at King's College in a new Faculty of Music in 1964. The Faculty of Arts and Music was created in 1986 which became a part of the School of Humanities in 1989.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College London Department of Music.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Music Department and Faculty of Music records, chiefly comprising correspondence and minutes, 1964-1984; notably including minutes of the Faculty board, 1977-1984; minutes of the King's College Music Society, 1978-1980; correspondence mainly relating to examinations, including student assessments, external moderation and timetables, but also including papers concerning staff lecture tours, the purchase of musical instruments, building work within the department; correspondence of (Robert) Thurston Dart, King Edward Professor of Music, 1964-1971, chiefly in his capacity as head of faculty.

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes. Staff and student records are subject to an 80 year closure period after the date of leaving, but may be consulted by Departmental and other College staff with permission from the Head of Department.

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

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Archives reading room. 

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Music Student Records (Ref: KCLCA KFM/FP, KFM/FPPG, KFM/FP(JYA)); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX); Secretarial series (Ref: KCLCA KAS/AC2).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources used: King's College Calendars. 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

March 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Cultural education
  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum guides
  • Educational administration
  • Educational levels
  • Educational publications
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Music education
  • Newspaper press
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Universities
  • University curriculum

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department/Faculty of Music
  • King's College London, Music Society

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