Collection KDG - GERMAN: King's College London departmental records

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GERMAN: King's College London departmental records


  • 1932-1995 (Creation)

Level of description



12 boxes

Scope and content

The records of the King's College London German Department consist of correspondence, order books and photographs, 1932-1995. These include correspondence concerning awards and prizes to students, correspondence with alumni, the method of student appraisals, applications for research funding granted to members of staff, the appointment of language assistants in the department as part of a German academic exchange scheme, relating to the heads of department, notably including correspondence with prominent scholars such as Professor Wolfgang Mohr, and especially concerning German Society drama productions including their organisation, funding and publicity, with photographs, 1959-1995; papers relating to the Beaver College Center for Education Abroad, 1982-1986; papers relating to applications for the vacant Chair of German, 1993- 1994 (closed); order books for publications requested by the department for incorporation in the library, 1932-1960; lists of students, [1944-1946].

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological within blocks arranged by year of accession.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Courses in German language and literature were provided by the Department of General Literature and Science from 1831, and were later also made available to students in the Evening Classes Department. A discrete Department was formed in the late 19th century with the creation of the Faculty of Arts in 1893, and was incorporated into the School of Humanities in 1989. The department was merged with French, Spanish and Portuguese to become the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in 2014.

Custodial history

King's College German Department.

Conditions governing access

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

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.

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
  • German

Script of material

Related materials

King's College London German Department student records (Ref: KCLCA KDG/RG, KDG/FPC, KDG/FPPG, KDG); examination question papers (Ref: K/EPH); Secretarial series (Ref: KAS/AC2). Private papers relating to the German Department include those of Freda Mond (Ref: KCLCA Mond), Professor Frederick Pickering (Ref: KCLCA Pickering), Professor Henry Gibson Atkins (Ref: K/PP 41), Professor Ilse Graham (Ref: K/PP 23).

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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: King's College Calendars. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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