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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA 1998 KDS, 1999 KDS, KDS/PH
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
59 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies

Administrative / Biographical history

Spanish was taught at King's College from 1831, initially as a course in the Department of General Literature and Science, then as a Faculty of Arts course from 1893 until 1923-1924, when it became recognised in its own right as the Spanish Studies Department. In 1973 the department changed its title to the Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Department in recognition of a broadening Latin American syllabus, and has been part of the School of Humanities since 1989.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Some papers were received directly from Professor Leonard Patrick Harvey, the remainder from the departmental office.

Content & structure

Scope and content

King's College London Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Department records comprising correspondence with staff and students, departmental minutes, University of London Board of Studies' papers, papers relating to the University Grants' Committee, course outlines, mark sheets and photographs, 1949-1992. These notably include departmental minutes, 1975-1989; correspondence relating to research funding, lecture programmes, sabbaticals, the teaching of Spanish in United Kingdom universities, staff references, publishing agreements, the merger of 1985, course outlines and structure, [1960-1990]; minutes of the University of London Board of Studies in Romance Language and Literature, 1972-1992; minutes and correspondence relating to the University Grants' Committee collected by Leonard Patrick Harvey, Cervantes Professor of Spanish, King's College London, 1980-1982; correspondence concerning Si Titulo , the departmental newsletter, with copies, 1980-1986; photographs of students and staff, the Spanish Society and various social events, 1948-1992.

System of arrangement

Boxed according to the year of accession.

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. Student and staff 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

English and Spanish

Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London: Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Department Student files (Ref: KCLCA KDS/FP/FPPG); the papers of Professor James Fitzmaurice Kelly (ref: K/PP 69). Material relating to the teaching of Spanish can also be found among the examination question paper series (Ref: K/EX) and Secretarial files (Ref: KAS/AC2).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources used: King's College Calendars, prospectuses. 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

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  • Academic teaching personnel
  • Communications media
  • Curriculum
  • Educational administration
  • Educational grants
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Higher education
  • Indo-european languages
  • Information sciences
  • Language instruction
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Periodicals
  • Personnel
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Romance languages
  • Spanish
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • University curriculum
  • University students
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • Harvey, Leonard Patrick, fl 1980-1982, Professor of Spanish

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Spanish
  • King's College London, Spanish Society
  • UGC, University Grants Committee
  • University of London, Board of Studies in Romance Language and Literature

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