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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP109
WEST, Sidney George (1909-1987)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 boxes, 0.1 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

West, George, 1909-1987, lecturer

Administrative / Biographical history

Sidney George West was born 28th March 1909; educated at Norbury College; took matriculation examination for King's College London, 1923; educated at King's College London, 1926-1932, notably studied Intermediate BA, Latin, Greek, English and Ancient History 1926-1927; second and third year English and Latin 1928-1929; MA in English, 1930-1932; achieved George Smith Studentship 1929, First Class Honours English and University Postgraduate Travelling Studentship 1930.

West worked as a part time assistant lecturer in the Department of English, King's College London, 1932-1933; lectured in English at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, 1934; lectured and became Head of Department of Portuguese, King's College London, 1936-1941; Director of the British Institute of Studies, Lisbon, 1941; Director, Students' Department, British Council, 1952. Awarded an OBE (Civil Division) in 1937. Died 1987.

Publications: The new corporative state of Portugal: an inaugural lecture delivered at King's College, London, the 15th February, 1937 (Lisbon, S P N Books, 1937); The new corporative state of Portugal: an inaugural lecture delivered at King's College, London, the 15th February, 1937 (London, New Temple Press, 1937); A projecçào de 'Os Lusíadas' através das traduçòes inglesas / (confer. Tr. de C. Estorninho. Separata da revista Bracara Augusta) (Braga, 1973).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Given to King's College London College Archives in 1992.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Sidney George West slide collection, [1934-1937] comprises glass lantern slides depicting images of Portugal. Each slide has been numbered and labelled. They include scenes of Lisbon, Estoril, Cintra, Mafra, Evora, Santarem, Thomar, Coimbra, Luso-Bussaco, Vizeu, Oporto, Braga, Bom Jesus, Viana Do Castelo, Aveiro, Leiria, Batalha and Alcobaça and images of rivers, valleys, religious buildings and traditional scenes including a festival and bullfight. An inventory prepared by West, dated 13 September 1934 - 6 December 1937, is enclosed and gives details of each slide.

System of arrangement

Arranged in its original wooden slide box.

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

Due to the fragility of these items, it is not possible to make copies of the slides.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids exist.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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

January 2008

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  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Cultural heritage
  • Cultural systems
  • Customs and traditions
  • Landscape
  • Open spaces
  • Photographic slides
  • Photographs
  • Religious buildings
  • Traditional cultures
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • West, George, 1909-1987, Lecturer

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives


  • Alcoba├ža, Portugal
  • Aveiro, Portugal
  • Batalha, Portugal
  • Bom Jesus, Portugal
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Cintra, Portugal
  • Coimbra, Portugal
  • Estoril, Portugal
  • Evora, Portugal
  • Leiria, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Luso-Bussaco, Portugal
  • Mafra, Portugal
  • Oporto, Portugal
  • Santarem, Portugal
  • Thomar, Portugal
  • Viana Do Castelo, Portugal
  • Vizeu, Portugal

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