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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Queen Elizabeth College
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
approx 1700 files


Name of creator(s)

Queen Elizabeth College | Personnel Department

Administrative / Biographical history

Queen Elizabeth College has its origins in the lectures for Ladies first arranged in 1878 by King's College London, and a formalised Ladies Department was founded in 1881. The King's College London (Transfer) Act of 1908 led to the establishment of the college as King's College for Women, governed by a Delegacy of the University of London. In 1915, all the departments excepting the Household and Social Science Department amalgamated with King's College, and in 1928 the department became a School of the University of London as King's College of Household and Social Science. In 1953 the College was granted a new charter as Queen Elizabeth College, and in 1985 merged with King's College London and Chelsea College. Following the merger the personnel functions of all three colleges were integrated in a single department which took responsibility for the staff and reported to the College Secretary.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Staff files, 1909-1985, of Queen Elizabeth College and predecessor bodies, comprising Academic and Academic related staff files, 1909-1985 (Ref: QA/FPA); Manual and Technical staff files, 1919-1985 (Ref: QA/FPT); Clerical and Secretarial staff files, 1922-1985 (Ref: QA/FPC). Academic staff includes professors, lecturers, research staff and academic related staff such as senior administration officers and professional staff such as librarians. The Manual and Technical staff files include porters, catering and kitchen staff, laboratory and research technicians, cleaners, carpenters, nurses, telephonists and receptionists. The Clerical and Secretarial staff files include bursars, typists, clerks, secretaries, library assistants, administrative assistants and computer operators.

System of arrangement

Records comprise three series: Academic and related Academic staff files, Manual and Technical staff files, and Clerical and Secretarial staff files. These are arranged chronologically overall and then alphabetically by the surname of the member of staff for each year. The year given is the date when the member of staff left the College.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Subject to an eighty year closure period, but may be consulted by members of the College 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

Detailed catalogues are available in hard copy in the reading room of the College Archives. A partial index by name is available for the clerical and secretarial staff files.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds the records of Queen Elizabeth College, 1908-1988, the other sub-fonds comprising Bursar's records (Ref: QAB); council and committee members' correspondence files (Ref: QA/CC); Principal's records (Ref: QAP); library records (Ref: QAL/PUB, 1992/QAL/F, QAL/M, QAL/F); minutes (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 (Ref: 1989/QAR); Secretary's records (Ref: QAS/GPF, 1987/QAS, QAS/FP/II-III); title deeds (Ref: QA/T); financial records (Ref: QA/L, QA/J, QA/CB, QA/PCB, QA/WB, QA/SAB, QA/SFB, QA/ACC, QAF). It also holds personnel records of King's College London, comprising Academic staff files, 1900-1999 (KA/FPA), Manual and Technical staff files, 1903, 1932-1995 (KA/FPT), Clerical and Secretarial staff files, 1920-1998 (KA/FPC); Chelsea College Academic staff files, 1960-1985 (CA/FPA), Clerical and Secretarial staff files, 1951-1987 (CA/FPC), staff personal record cards, 1976-1985 (CA/RC); King's College London Library staff files, 1957-1998 (KAL/FD).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Revised by Rachel Kemsley.

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 2000, revised Mar 2001

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  • Academic teaching personnel
  • Educational administrators
  • Educational personnel
  • Government
  • Health services administration
  • Information/library personnel
  • Librarians
  • Library technicians
  • Manual workers
  • Office workers
  • Organization and administration
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Professional personnel
  • Public administration
  • Research workers
  • Scientific personnel
  • Scientists
  • Skilled workers
  • Teachers
  • Technicians
  • Workers

Corporate names

  • 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 of Household and Social Science, 1928-1953

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