Collection CA/FP - PERSONNEL: Chelsea College staff records

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PERSONNEL: Chelsea College staff records


  • 1953-1985 (Creation)

Level of description



approx 3600 files

Scope and content

Records comprise Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files, 1953-1985 (CA/FPC), Academic staff files, 1960-1985 (CA/FPA), Personal record cards, 1977-1985 (CA/RC). On the admission of the College as a school of the University of London in 1966, staff were retained in post and staff files transferred with them. The Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files include porters, catering and kitchen staff, laboratory and research technicians, cleaners, service engineers, clerks, hall managers, secretaries, library staff, carpenters, administrative assistants, computer programmers and operators, research students and assistants.

System of arrangement

Records comprise three series of Chelsea College staff records: Academic staff files, Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files, and Personal record cards. The records are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the member of staff. The year given is the date when the member of staff left the College.

General Information

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Biographical history

Chelsea College became a School of the University of London in 1966. Originally founded in 1891 as the South-Western Polytechnic, later Chelsea Polytechnic (1922), the college became a designated college of advanced technology (as Chelsea College of Science and Technology) in 1957. In 1966 the college became a School of the University of London, and in 1971 the renamed Chelsea College was formally incorporated into the University of London. Following the merger in 1985 with King's College London and Queen Elizabeth College, 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.

Archival history

Few of the Clerical, Secretarial, Manual and Technical staff files have survived before 1960, as many were destroyed prior to the merger in 1985.

Custodial history

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

Conditions governing access

Files containing personal data are closed for 80 years and sensitive personal data for 100 years from the date of the most recent document in the file.

Administrative records are generally closed for 20 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes.

Where open, access is 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 supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

Detailed catalogues are available in hard copy in the reading room of the College Archives.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

Please note: We require 7 days notice to retrieve this collection as part, or all of it, is held off-campus. Read more ›

Related materials

The college archives also hold personnel records of King's College London, 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), Queen Elizabeth College Manual and Technical staff files, 1919-1985 (QA/FPT), Academic and related Academic staff files, 1909-1985 (QA/FPA), Clerical and Secretarial staff files, 1922-1985 (QA/FPC); King's College London Library staff files, 1957-1998 (KAL/FD).

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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