Collection CDH - HUMANITIES: Chelsea College departmental records

Key Information

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HUMANITIES: Chelsea College departmental records


  • 1958-1983 (Creation)

Level of description



15 boxes

Scope and content

Chelsea College of Science and Technology and Chelsea College Department of the Humanities student and other records, 1958-1983. This class of material contains some student information on BSc and visiting BA undergraduate and DCC (Diploma of Chelsea College) students, 1967-1983. BSc and DCC information typically includes name, course work including aggregate marks, percentage marks, letter grading, honour points, degree, class and comments. The remainder of the collection comprises correspondence, accounts and financial data, timetables and printed programmes and handouts. This includes general correspondence on the administration of the College, with the Registry and notably concerning resource allocation, 1958-1983; correspondence with other College departments, 1958-1978; staff correspondence, 1968-1983; selective summary of Senate minutes, 1967-1981; accounts books, 1961-1982; finance yearly estimates, 1959-1983; administrative proposals and submissions relating to the strategic development of the College, 1959-1982; Humanities' Annual Reports, 1958-1982; examination question papers and related correspondence, 1969-1983; handouts describing the course content of the Diploma in Modern Social and Cultural Studies, 1969-1982, and visiting undergraduate BA programmes, 1975-1982; syllabuses and notices of liberal and arts events, 1958-1981.

System of arrangement

The records are boxed in the order in which they were received.

General Information

Name of creator

Biographical history

A Liberal Studies Department was first introduced at Chelsea College of Science and Technology in 1958 in order to fulfil a requirement for more broadly based technical qualifications by providing courses in film, music, architectural appreciation, literature, history of science, modern languages and sociology that were open to all students of the College. Liberal Studies changed its name to the Department of Humanities in 1967 and introduced a postgraduate Diploma in Modern Cultural Studies. It also organised extra-curricular activities such as music recitals, drama productions and poetry readings. Its functions were taken over by the Faculty of Arts at King's College when Chelsea and King's merged in 1985.

Custodial history

Chelsea College Department of the Humanities, 1983.

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

A list of contents is available in hard copy in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.

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

See also Chelsea Registry and Secretarial series for additional administrative records (Ref: CAR, CAS). A complete run of Senate minutes are located under the reference, CA/S/M. The main series of Chelsea registry student records (Ref: CAR/FP, CAR/FPC, CAR/RE) and especially microfilm and microfiche records (Ref: C/MF, C/MF) overlap with the Humanities student records outlined in the Scope and Content section above.

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


Archivist's note

Sources: Chelsea syllabuses; H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College-A History (London, 1977). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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