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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
QUEEN ELIZABETH COLLEGE: Prospectuses, handbooks and reports
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Queen Elizabeth College
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
9 boxes


Name of creator(s)

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

Administrative / Biographical history

Queen Elizabeth College, which came into being with the granting of a Royal Charter in 1953, succeeded the Home Science and Economics classes of King's College Women's Department and King's College for Women, which started in 1908; the Household and Social Science Department of King's College for Women, which opened in 1915; and King's College of Household and Social Science, which operated from 1928. The amalgamation of the College with King's College London and Chelsea College was completed in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Material was transferred from Queen Elizabeth College when it merged with King's College in 1985, mainly from the QEC Library.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Queen Elizabeth College publications, including prospectuses, handbooks and reports, 1909-1986. This class of material comprises printed literature describing the history of the College, its students and staff and the academic content of individual subjects and departments and consists mainly of brochures, guidebooks and reports. It comprises a set of the Department/College's prospectuses for prospective students, with brochures covering the work of particular courses and specific qualifications and degrees, including Nutrition, Biology, Physiology and Mathematics, 1909-1985 (Ref: Q/SYL); Annual Reports, 1916-1984, loose and some bound reprints, containing calendars of College events, staff changes and publications, clubs and societies, the first destination of former students, and lists of registered students in the reports between 1924-1965. Reports from 1966-1984 also contain student statistics and accounts (Ref: Q/RPT1); Annual Reports of the Principal covering examinations, benefactions and reports on teaching, 1925-1950 (Ref: Q/RPT2); Dean's/Warden's Reports, containing examinations, benefactions and information on the destination of students, 1917-1923 (Ref: Q/RPT3); Report of the auditors to the College Council, 1972-1980 (Ref: Q/RPT4); a variety of booklets and brochures advertising appeals, careers information for students, descriptions of the work of departments for prospective students, health and safety issues and the facilities of the College Library, and describing the history of the College, 1919-1986 (Ref: Q/PBN); Students Union handbooks, 1954-1964 (Ref: QSU); Old Students' Association handbooks with a small quantity of editorial correspondence, the constitution and rules of the Association, its membership and finance (Ref: QOSA).

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into Prospectuses, Reports and other Publications as outlined in the Scope and Content section.

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 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

Draft catalogues available online and in hard copy in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Queen Elizabeth College Serial Publications (Ref: Q/SER); King's College Publications (Ref: K/PBN, K/PUB, K/HAN, K/RPT, K/REG, K/SYL, K/EC/SYL, KFA/SYL, KFE/SYL, KDJ/SYL, KFT/SYL, KFED/SYL, KFL/SYL, KFLS/SYL, KFMS/SYL, KFM/SYL, KFN/SYL, KFPS/SYL).

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

February 2002, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Biology education
  • Books
  • Curriculum guides
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational associations
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational guidance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational publications
  • Environmental health
  • Examinations
  • Guidebooks
  • Guides
  • Health
  • Health education
  • Health policy
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Mathematics education
  • Nutrition education
  • Periodicals
  • Physiology
  • Science education
  • Student evaluation
  • Student organizations
  • Students
  • Universities
  • University students
  • Vocational guidance
  • Yearbooks

Corporate names

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

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