Collection KDS - SPANISH AND SPANISH-AMERICAN STUDIES: King's College London departmental records

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SPANISH AND SPANISH-AMERICAN STUDIES: King's College London departmental records


  • 1949-1992 (Creation)

Level of description



59 boxes

Scope and content

King's College London Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Department records comprising correspondence with staff and students, departmental minutes, University of London Board of Studies' papers, papers relating to the University Grants' Committee, course outlines, mark sheets and photographs, 1949-1992. These notably include departmental minutes, 1975-1989; correspondence relating to research funding, lecture programmes, sabbaticals, the teaching of Spanish in United Kingdom universities, staff references, publishing agreements, the merger of 1985, course outlines and structure, [1960-1990]; minutes of the University of London Board of Studies in Romance Language and Literature, 1972-1992; minutes and correspondence relating to the University Grants' Committee collected by Leonard Patrick Harvey, Cervantes Professor of Spanish, King's College London, 1980-1982; correspondence concerning Si Titulo , the departmental newsletter, with copies, 1980-1986; photographs of students and staff, the Spanish Society and various social events, 1948-1992.

System of arrangement

Boxed according to the year of accession.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Spanish was taught at King's College from 1831, initially as a course in the Senior Department and then the Department of General Literature and Science, becoming a Faculty of Arts course from 1893 until 1923-1924, when it became recognised in its own right as the Spanish Studies Department. In 1970 the department changed its title to the Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Department in recognition of a broadening Latin American syllabus, and has been part of the School of Humanities since 1989.

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Biographical history

Custodial history

Some papers were received directly from Professor Leonard Patrick Harvey, the remainder from the departmental office.

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
  • Spanish

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Related materials

King's College London: Spanish and Spanish-American Studies Department Student files (Ref: KCLCA KDS/FP/FPPG); the papers of Professor James Fitzmaurice Kelly (ref: K/PP 69). Material relating to the teaching of Spanish can also be found among the examination question paper series (Ref: K/EX) and Secretarial files (Ref: KAS/AC2).

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

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