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CALENDARS: King's College London publication

  • K/CAL
  • Collection
  • 1832-1986

King's College London Calendars, 1832-1986. This series is one of the most important and accessible sources of biographical information on students and staff, an illustration of the changing content of courses, lectures and syllabuses and of the evolution of the administrative structure of the College since its inception. The level of information varies: the earliest and most recent calendars and those published during the two World Wars, for example, contain less detailed information than the period between 1848 and 1976. The first calendar, 1832-1833, contains a table of contents, texts of the sermon preached at the opening of the College and the texts of public lectures, some of which are the only copies extant in the College Archives. The bulk of the series typically consist of a table of contents; calendar of term dates and events; general information on all departments within the College; lists of Governors, the Council, the Delegacy, Professorial/Academic Board members, academic staff, masters, associates, scholars, fellows and prize winners and university distinctions; outlines of lecture courses, syllabi, examination question papers; fees; some texts of lectures and addresses; rules and regulations; and annual reports of the Council and Delegacy. Indices begin in 1846. Comprehensive lists of all students and pupils begin in 1847 and refer to those who enrolled during the previous academic session. Lists of senior academic staff for each department begin in the earliest calendars and additional consolidated alphabetical lists of past and present staff are printed from 1880. The calendar for 1882 contains a copy of the King's College London Act to amend the constitution. Descriptions of associate grammar schools are included up until 1892, and brief descriptions of College societies are given from 1896. The 1903 calendar contains the King's College London Acts of 1882 and 1903. Calendars from 1909 include a copy of an outline history of the College. Lists relating to King's College School's masters or pupils end in 1912. The calendar for 1915 includes tables of past and present members of the College on active service. Calendars from 1942-1943 through to 1947-48 also include a roll of honour of those members of the College killed whilst on active service. The 1948 calendar contains the second version of the history of King's College. From 1964 onwards there is no full list of students in attendance, but information includes a general index and index of names, and the third version of the College history. The printing of Annual Reports ceases in 1976. The 1980 calendar contains the fourth history of King's, and the fifth version of the history appeared in 1984. The 1985 calendar is typical of later volumes, comprising a contents page giving historical background, general information, administrative, committee, faculty and departmental structure, and an alphabetical list of staff. Following the merger of King's with Queen Elizabeth and Chelsea Colleges in 1985, the publication of calendars was discontinued.

King's College London, 1829-

CHARTERS: King's College London legal records

  • K/CSA
  • Collection
  • 1829-1998

This series consists of copies of various King's College Charters, 1829-1981 (with seal); constitutions of the University of London, University of London Union, King's College London Quorum Society and the Anglo-Spanish Society, 1982-1986; copies of Bills and Acts of Parliament relating to the College, including the embankment of the north side of the Thames, 1851-1996; some King's and University of London statutes, 1898-1998

King's College London, 1829-

SHAREHOLDERS: King's College London records

  • K/SH
  • Collection
  • 1828-1882

Records of the shareholders of King’s College London, 1828-1882, 1907, consisting of registers of shareholders 1828-1882, 1907; registers of transfer of shares 1830-1869; share certificate books, 1829-1863; shareholders correspondence 1828-1846; shareholders student nomination registers, 1839-1876; various forms for share applications.

King’s College London was founded by Royal Charter in 1829. It was estimated that around £170,000 was needed to build and equip the new College. By August 1828 £100,000 had been raised by donations and subscriptions in the form of £100 shares, carrying a dividend of not more than 4 percent. However, Catholic Emancipation and the chosen site of the proposed College divided shareholders and many refused to honour promises to buy shares. The existing shares had failed to yield interest and some shareholders began to lose faith in the scheme. The College tackled this setback by creating shares of £25, but this did little to prevent 150 shareholders withdrawing. Shareholders were often referred to as proprietors and were allowed the privilege of nominating one student for the King’s College School and one student for the College. Shares of over £100 are referred in the shareholders’ records as ‘First Class’ and those under £100 are referred to as ‘Second Class’. After 1848 most shares were converted into donations when it became clear that the shares would never yield any interest. The College Charter of 1882 extinguished the ‘First Class’ shareholders claims to pecuniary profit and abolished dividend from the shares but their nomination privileges were retained and could be transferred. Donors Second Class maintained nomination privileges until their death, but their shares were non-transferable.

King's College London, 1829-

STUDENTS: King's College London signature books

  • KA/SB
  • Collection
  • 1831-1974

King's College London Students' Signature Books acknowledging individual agreement to be bound by the College rules and regulations, including General Literature and Science signature books, 1831-1930 (KA/SB1-3), Medical students' register of matriculations, 1838-1943 (KA/SB4-6), Theological students' register of matriculations, 1846-1974 (KA/SB7), Evening Classes signature book, 1865-1875 (KA/SB8), Science, 1905-1925 (KA/SB9), Arts, 1906-1920 (KA/SB10). Information typically includes, date of entry and signature of student, some volumes include the name of witness and department. Vocational theological students were also required to subscribe to the Thirty Nine Articles.

King's College London, 1829-

PUBLICATIONS: King's College London printed material

  • K/PBN
  • Series
  • 1828-2015

King's College London publications including booklets, reports and essays on the history of King's, King's property, staff and particular departments, including early prize-giving, the King's Strand site, King's hostels, Reggie the College mascot and the College Chapel, with some few essays and books by King's staff on subjects unrelated to the College, 1828-2015.

King's College London, 1829-

HANDBOOKS: King's College London printed material

  • K/HAN
  • Series
  • 1915-2014

King's College London Handbooks including guides to College libraries, 1967-1997; King's Staff Manuals, 1987-1994; Accommodation and halls of residence guidebooks, [1915]-2001; welcome packs for new students, 1985-2000; Computing Centre guides, 1977-1996; handbooks for overseas students at King's, 1974-2000; Student services guides, 1985-1987; Departmental and School Handbooks for Life Sciences, Guy's, King's and St Thomas's School of Medicine and Dentistry and Language and Communications Centre, 1992-2001.

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PRESS CUTTINGS: King's College London printed material

  • K/PC
  • Series
  • 1825-2001

King's College London press cuttings in bound volumes and loose folders describing the foundation of University College and King's, staff publications and honours, dinners and public engagements, examination results, and the work of individual researchers or departments, particularly in the scientific field, 1825-2001; cuttings by or about King's staff, including Times Higher articles on university restructuring, 1904-1998; circulated cuttings on a very wide range of King's and Higher Education news such as financial affairs, student numbers, university assessments and grants, 1991-2001; cuttings specifically relating to Higher Education including The Times' Good University Guide and league tables published by other newspapers, 1955-2001.

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ATTENDANCE: King's College London student registers

  • KA/RAT
  • Collection
  • 1847-1964

King's College London attendance registers for mixed faculties, 1847-1855, 1891-1904 (Ref: KA/RAT/GEN), African Languages, 1915-1917 (Ref: KA/RAT/KSOA), Chinese, 1909-1917 (Ref: KA/RAT/KSC), Classics, 1909-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDCL), Education, 1908-1939 (Ref: KA/RAT/KFD), English, 1906-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDE), French, 1912-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDF), German, 1910-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDG), History, 1909-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDH), Italian, 1868-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDI), Matriculation and Preliminary, 1906-1939 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDPM), Military Studies, 1928-1942 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDW), Modern Greek, 1916-1939 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDBG), Philosophy, Logic and Ethics, 1915-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDPH), Political Economy, 1912-1917 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDPE), Portuguese, 1912-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDP), Russian, 1914-1932 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDR), Slavonic Studies, 1916-1932 (Ref: KA/RAT/KSS), Spanish, 1912-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDS), Faculty of Arts, 1910-1911, 1914-1922 (Ref: KA/RAT/KFA), Board of Education, 1911-1921 (Ref: KA/RAT/BE), Engineering, 1904-1962 (Ref: KA/RAT/E), Criminal Law, 1912-1957 (Ref: KA/RAT/L), Mathematics, [1903]-1905, 1911-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/KDMT), Medical, 1839-1841, 1873-1880, 1887-1894, 1900-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/M), postgraduates, 1914-1916, 1918-1919, 1921-1925 (Ref: KA/RAT/PG), Psychology, 1910-1912, 1915-1939 (Ref: KA/RAT/PY), Science, 1904-1963 (Ref: KA/RAT/S), Theology, 1848-1868, 1906-1964 (Ref: KA/RAT/T). Information is contained on loose sheets and typically includes name, admission card number, lecturer's name, day and time of lectures and attendance divided by term and day.

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TITLE DEEDS: King's College London legal records

  • KA/T
  • Series
  • 1678-1969

This series contains title deeds relating to College property, mainly the original building in the Strand and extensions in Strand Lane and Surrey Street, Drury Lane, King's College School in Wimbledon, and other College property including the Hospital, laboratories in Hampstead and sports grounds, comprising assignments of lease, schedules of deeds and conveyances, 1678-1969.

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PUBLICITY: King's College London printed material

  • K/PUB
  • Series
  • 1910-2014

King's College London general information booklets on the College, scholarships and prizes, College services such as catering, campus guides, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives Guides, Directories of Experts at King's available for interview by the media, style guidelines for College publications, merger celebrations and Millennium festival programmes, 1913-2001.

King's College London, 1829-

REPORTS: King's College London printed material

  • K/RPT
  • Series
  • 1829-2014

King's College London Reports include incomplete Annual Reports from the College Council, 1836-1895 (a full set of early Reports for the 1840s are printed in the College Calendars), and Delegacy, 1914-1980, Annual Reports of Theological Department, 1917-1979, Statistical Bulletins, 1985-1993, Annual Accounts, 1976-1994, Departmental Annual Reports for Gerontology, 1987-1998, Medicine and Dentistry, 1984-1998, Medical Law and Ethics, 1987-1997, Life Sciences, 1991-1992, Psychiatry, 1997-1998, University of London Annual Reports and Reviews, 1970-1998, Student Services Annual Reports, 1987-2000, Library Services Annual Report, 1985-1997, and other merger, strategic development, research, subject area reviews and financial surveys, 1829-2014 

King's College London, 1829-

SYLLABUSES & PROSPECTUSES: King's College London printed material

  • K/SYL
  • Collection
  • 1828-2012

King's College London Prospectuses and Syllabuses include: an incomplete run of general undergraduate prospectuses, 1854-1897, and complete, 1964-2000; incomplete general postgraduate prospectuses, 1971-1975, and complete, 1977-2000; bound volumes of detailed prospectuses for specific departments and faculties, 1964-1973, 1975-1978; loose detailed prospectuses for specific departments and faculties including Evening Classes, 1863-1918, Arts/Humanities, 1913-2011, Classics, Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, 1918-1995, History, 1913-1999, War Studies, 1985-2010, Architecture, 1908-1909, Modern Language Departments, 1917-2007, Philosophy, 1980-1982, Engineering, Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, 1843-1844, 1917-1919, 1960-2006, Journalism, 1937-1940, Theology, 1897-2009, Education, 1969-2012, Laws, 1917-1918, 1978-2012, Life Sciences in general and specific departments, 1968-2008, Medical Sciences, 1900-2010, Music, 1965-2000, Natural Sciences in general and specific departments, 1840-2009, Physical Sciences in general and specific departments, 1985-2012 (Ref: K/SYL, K/EC/SYL, KFA/SYL, KDJ/SYL, KDMA/SYL, KDW/SYL, KFE/SYL, KFED/SYL, KFL/SYL, KFLS/SYL, KFM/SYL, KFMS/SYL, KFN/SYL, KFPS/SYL, KFT/SYL).

King's College London, 1829-

CERTIFICATES: King's College London

  • K/CERT
  • Collection
  • 1829-2011

King's College London Certificates, 1829-1954, comprise completed and blank degree certificates for some King's students, mainly AKC and Engineering students, various attendance and registration cards for courses and a certificate of one share in King's College, 1829-1954.

King's College London, 1829-

LECTURES: King's College London event literature

  • K/LEC
  • Collection
  • 1828-2012

King's College London Lectures. This collection of ephemera contains printed matter relating to public and academic events in the College. It includes the texts of lectures and addresses including inaugural lectures by new staff, some of which date from the opening of the College, predominantly Theology and the Arts,1828-2009, sermons delivered at the opening of departments, the installation of the Dean or at memorial events, [1830]-2011, Gilbart Lectures on Banking, 1897-1994, other lectures and addresses ranging from the future of education in England, modern Greek poetry, or Asian languages, to the role of pure science in the development of industry, Commemoration Orations by distinguished speakers including HRH Prince Philip, Anniversary Lectures, Haldane Memorial Lectures and Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives Annual Lectures, 1832-2014, Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures on ethics and spirituality, 1986-1999; lecture notices including syllabuses, public lecture lists and some attendant correspondence, arranged by faculty or department or yearly/termly for public or general lectures, 1835-2012

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SERIALS & PERIODICALS: King's College London printed material

  • K/SER
  • Collection
  • 1836-2014

King's College London Publications: Serials and Periodicals, 1836-2014. This class of ephemera contains 150 distinct titles of annual/termly periodical comprising newsletters and magazines about the College, its students and staff, illustrating its academic work and social life from the earliest years to the present day. Most series are incomplete and sometimes contain only single editions of predominantly recent titles. The main series of publications comprise long running College magazines such as King's College Review/Lucifer (1899-1966), of which there exist bound and duplicate sets, King's College London News (1981-1984), The King's College London Report (1993-2000), Comment (1984-2001) and the staff bulletin, Viewpoint (1973-1979) and Library staff magazine, Ex Libris (later retitled No Comment ) (1996-2001). They also include departmental and faculty periodicals and newsletters such as The Kingsman (1958-1978), which was one of several journals associated with the Theology Faculty, the War Studies Review (1994-1998), War Studies Journal (1995-1999) and Department of War Studies Diary (1993-1997), The Siphon , magazine of the Faculty of Science (1946-1968), the Nurses' League Journal (1926-2000), King's College School Magazine (1890-1903), King's College London Association newsletter, later retitled In Touch (1972-1999), Computer Unit newsletters (1967-1996) and the Ladies' Department Magazine (1896-1914). They also include support services and Trades Union magazines and newsletters including of the Library and NALGO, Development Office, Chaplaincy and Staff Development and Training, Students' Union and Rag magazines, most prominently, Magus (1974-1985). The collection contains a few examples of periodicals external to King's College, mainly concerned with the Higher Education sector, such as the Newsletter of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (1995-1998) and relating to various aspects of the work of the University of London. Content is very broad and diverse, including events listings, College and departmental news, obituaries, sporting fixtures, society business and original articles, particularly in The King's Engineer (1922-1968) and Lucifer (1951-1966), whose distinctive ironical and experimental character was reflected in critical commentary on South Africa and Vietnam, pornography and censorship, examples of cutting edge poetry, alongside theatre reviews and original articles, drawings and caricatures including by Derek Jarman and the writer and broadcaster, Michael Bukht.

King's College London, 1829-

EXAMINATIONS: King's College London question papers

  • K/EX
  • Collection
  • 1933-1999 (ongoing)

Examination question papers of King's College London, 1933-1998, mainly comprising papers for undergraduates sitting finals, postgraduates sitting Masters' degree examinations, as well as a number of undergraduate yearly and mid-sessional examinations and copies of examination papers set by the University of London. The papers comprise a series of individual files containing assorted examination papers from all or most faculties for the period 1933-1961. Thereafter papers are held for individual departments of the Faculty of Arts, including English, 1975-1994; Geography, 1980-1992; German, 1975-1997; History, 1975-1992; Italian, 1975-1995; Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 1975-1997; Spanish, 1975-1996; French, 1985-1997; Linguistics and Humanities Applied Computing, 1989-1994; Classics, 1965-1998; Modern Greek, 1988-1998; Philosophy, 1985-1998; Japanese, 1992-1995; Russian, 1994-1995; War Studies, 1989-1992; Faculty of Laws, 1964-1974; Faculty of Medical Science, 1963-1993; Faculty of Education, 1977-1990; Faculty of Physical Sciences, including Chemistry, 1948-1993; Computing, 1982-1993; Mathematics, 1963-1993; Management Studies, 1986-1992; Physics, 1947-1993); Faculty of Engineering, 1927-1992, including Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Westfield College, 1983. Faculty of Natural Science, including Botany and Zoology, 1962-1985; Chemistry, 1952-1984; Geography, 1978-1984; Geology, 1978-1984; Human Environmental Science, 1978-1985; Pharmacology, 1978-1984; Biochemistry, 1978-1985; Physiology, 1978-1986; Anatomy, 1980-1983; Faculty of Life Sciences, including Anatomy and Human Biology; Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Gerontology, Food Science, Nursing Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Pharmacy, 1985-1994; Faculty of Music, 1968-1997; Faculty of Theology, 1933-1999, including examinations for Associates of King's College, 1969-1995, and with Masters' dissertations and extended essays of students, 1994; Nightingale Institute and Department of Nursing Studies, 1986-1996.

Between the foundation of King's College London in 1829 and the incorporation of all faculties of the College (with the exception of Theology) into the University of London in 1908, students were assessed under examinations set by the College, as well as the examinations of professional and learned societies, and were also able to attend classes for matriculation from the University of London. Thereafter students of the College took examinations set by departments of the College and in the case of final undergraduate and postgraduate examinations, papers approved by the University.

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LECTURES: King's College London audio tapes

  • K/LECT
  • Series
  • 1971-2006

King's College London audio tapes of lectures including inaugural, public, special university lectures, Maurice lectures, 1971-2006

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CHAPEL: King's College London orders of service

  • K/OS
  • Series
  • [1879]-2014

King's College London orders of service for Commemoration Service, [1879-1983], Term Services, 1946-1991, Memorial Services, 1909-2000, other services including carol concerts, degree presentations, services of blessing and thanksgivings, 1916-2014.

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EVENTS: King's College London invitations and tickets

  • K/INV
  • Series
  • 1831-2013

King's College London tickets and invitations to dinners, parties, lectures and debates, openings of exhibitions, prize-givings, services and memorials, and receptions, 1831-2013

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