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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
222 boxes, 140 volumes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London, Women's Department, King's College for Women, London, King's College for Women, Household and Social Science Department, Kensington, King's College of Household and Social Science, Kensington, Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington

Administrative / Biographical history

Queen Elizabeth College had its origins in the Ladies' (later Women's) Department of King's College London, opened in Kensington in 1885, later King's College for Women. Home Science and Economics classes started in 1908. In 1915 the Household and Social Science Department of King's College for Women opened at Campden Hill, Kensington, while other departments were amalgamated with King's College on the Strand site. In 1928 the department became completely independent as King's College of Household and Social Science and the title King's College for Women was extinguished. The buildings were completed in 1930. The College had a pioneering role in establishing nutritional science as a subject of academic scholarship and John Yudkin was a Professor from 1945 to 1971. A Royal Charter was granted in 1953, the name changed to Queen Elizabeth College, men were admitted, and the existing degree was replaced with BSc (Nutrition) and BSc (Household Science). Recognition as a School of the University of London in the Faculty of Science was granted in 1956. The BSc (General) began in 1957. Following financial difficulties the amalgamation of the College with King's College London and Chelsea College was completed in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Records from Queen Elizabeth College were transferred to King's College London after 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records, 1905-1988, of Queen Elizabeth College, its predecessors at King's College London and King's College for Women, and King's College of Household and Social Science. They comprise Bursar's Records, consisting of correspondence, 1946-1977, and papers, 1966-1979, on subjects including safety, estates and accommodation, sports facilities, refectory, students' union, and hall fees (Ref: QAB); council and committee members' correspondence files, 1908-1957 (Ref: QA/CC); Principal's records, 1908-1985 (Ref: QAP); records relating to the Library, 1905-1986 and undated, comprising minutes of the Library committee, 1905-1977, published material on physiology, medicine, housing, cookery and domestic applications, 1912-1975, and on nutrition and health in Malawi, 1969-1973, Rhodesia, 1963-1965, and Nigeria, 1972, papers on administration, finance and accessions, 1962-1986, and a design report on the proposed new library, 1979 (Ref: QAL/PUB, 1992/QAL/F, QAL/M, QAL/F); minutes, 1911-1985, of the Executive Committee and Council and other College bodies (Ref: QA/C/M, QA/CS/M, QA/F/M, QA/FS/M, QA/AB/M, QA/TC/M, QA/CB/M, QA/LC/M, QA/AM/M, QA/TF/M, QA/OC/M, QA/HC/M, QA/MP, Q/AUT); Registrar's records, 1967-1988, on academic subjects, computing, timetabling, accommodation, curricula, award of degrees, constitutional matters, admissions and fees (Ref: 1989/QAR); Secretary's records, 1914-1985 (Ref: QAS/GPF, 1987/QAS, QAS/FP/II-III); various title deeds and other formal legal documents, 1911-1985 (Ref: QA/T); financial records, 1913-1985 (Ref: QA/L, QA/J, QA/CB, QA/PCB, QA/WB, QA/SAB, QA/SFB, QA/ACC, QAF); personnel records (Ref: QA/FP, QA/RC).

System of arrangement

A few items relating to King's College Household and Social Science Department are at ref: KCHSS. Records of Queen Elizabeth College and associated bodies comprise the sub-fonds listed under 'Scope and content'.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file. Personnel records are subject to an eighty year closure period, but may be consulted by members of King's College London with the permission of the head of the Personnel Department.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, 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


Finding aids

Lists available in reading room at King's College London Archives. Descriptions are available online for the largest constituent sub-fonds: Principal's records; minutes; Secretary's records; financial records; personnel records.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds records of King's College for Women and associated bodies (Ref: KW, KWA, K/HOS, KAS/AC11), from which Queen Elizabeth College originated.

Publication note

Neville Marsh, The History of Queen Elizabeth College (King's College London, 1986), was based on sources including the archives of the College.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: Neville Marsh, The History of Queen Elizabeth College (King's College London, 1986).

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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  • Academic buildings
  • Academic libraries
  • Academic year
  • Accommodation
  • Acquisitions
  • Building design
  • Building standards
  • Clubs
  • Conditions of employment
  • Construction engineering
  • Curriculum
  • Deeds
  • Degrees
  • Documents
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational administrators
  • Educational associations
  • Educational buildings
  • Educational fees
  • Educational finance
  • Educational management
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational qualifications
  • Educational supervision
  • Educational systems
  • Educational technology
  • Educational timetables
  • Finance
  • Financial administration
  • Food preparation
  • Governing bodies
  • Government
  • Health education
  • Health services administration
  • Home economics education
  • Housing
  • Information sources
  • Information/library administration
  • Information/library economics
  • Information/library facilities
  • Information/library finance
  • Information/library planning
  • Law
  • Legal documents
  • Legal systems
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Libraries
  • Library buildings
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Occupational safety
  • Organization and administration
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Physiology
  • Public administration
  • Recreational facilities
  • Sports facilities
  • Student housing
  • Student organizations
  • Student welfare
  • Students
  • University curriculum
  • University governing bodies
  • Women students
  • Womens education
  • Working conditions

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Women's Department
  • King's College London, Women's Department
  • King's College for Women, Household and Social Science Department, 1915-1928
  • King's College for Women, London
  • King's College for Women, London
  • King's College of Household and Social Science, 1928-1953
  • Queen Elizabeth College, 1953-1985


  • Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
  • Kensington, London, England
  • Malawi, Central Africa
  • Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
  • Zimbabwe, Southern Africa

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