- 1955-1985 (Creation)
Level of description
5 archive boxes
Scope and content
Chelsea Polytechnic/College Mathematics record books, 1955-1972 (Ref: CDM/ER), postgraduate registers, 1965-1972 (Ref: CDM/RPG), postgraduate student files, 1968-1985 (Ref: CDM/FPPG). Information contained in the record books typically includes examination results, terminal essay marks and notes of satisfactory completion of the course. Until 1965 postgraduate details are included in the main series of record books, thereafter a sub series of postgraduate students is kept. Information recorded in this sub series includes name, address, qualification and course of study, and some dates of completion. Postgraduate registers typically give name, address, enrolment date, duration and degree. Postgraduate student files are subdivided into MSc, 1970-1983, (Ref: CDM/FPPG/MS), PhD, 1971-1985 (Ref: CDM/FPPG/P), MPhil and withdrawals, 1968-1974 (Ref: CDM/FPPG/PX), and include application forms and letters of acceptance.
System of arrangement
Record books are arranged chronologically. Postgraduate files are organised by degree, then completion date, then alphabetically. Postgraduate registers are organised chronologically, then alphabetically within each register.
Name of creator
The South-Western Polytechnic (later Chelsea Polytechnic/College) Department of Physics and Mathematics was divided into two separate departments in 1907. Until 1918-1919, much of the work conducted by the department was ancillary to the Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. These departments were then transferred to Battersea Polytechnic. The Department of Mathematics subsequently developed courses for the General and Special degrees of the University of London. During the Second World War, scientific research development stimulated the need for mathematical education, and shortly after the war, advanced courses were introduced at the request of physicists of the EMI Research Laboratories and GEC Research laboratories that developed into lecture courses for the MSc degree of the University of London. Mathematics teaching was transferred to King's College when King's and Chelsea merged in 1985.
Some Chelsea Mathematics student records have been integrated with the King's College London Mathematics student series (Ref: KDM/FP).
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
Script of material
Copies of lists are available for consultation in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.
Existence and location of originals
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Place access points
People and Organisations
Genre access points
Rules and/or conventions used
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.
Sources: King's College London catalogues; Chelsea College of Science and Technology Historical Pamphlet (1963); H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College-A History (London, 1977). Compiled by Beverley Ager as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.