Collection KFA - ARTS: King's College London faculty records

Key Information

Reference code



ARTS: King's College London faculty records


  • 1898-1995 (Creation)

Level of description



5 boxes

Scope and content

The records of the Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities at King's College London comprise minutes, correspondence and other papers, 1898-1995. These notably include bound Faculty Board minutes covering academic issues such as teaching, examinations and staffing, 1898-1989; minutes of the Humanities Computer Users' Committee with supporting materials, 1990-1993; correspondence on the relationship between the School and the Library, including School of Humanities Library Committee minutes, 1989-1993; research grant applications, proposals and costings, financial forecasts and budgetary planning for the School, 1990-1993; statistics on staff-student ratios and examination results within the various constituent departments of the Faculty, 1982-1985; typescript memorandum relating to the relocation of the College to Bristol during World War Two and air raid protection, 1941; papers relating to the Graduate School of the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 1994-1995; Faculty photographs of class intakes, 1965-1973.

System of arrangement

The records are mainly arranged by year of accession.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

The origins of the Faculty of Arts lay in the Department of General Literature and Science. The Department came into being in 1839 in response to the need for a greater differentiation of the syllabus for students of the Senior Department at King's College London. As its name suggests, it constituted a broad faculty or grouping of subjects and classes that provided a core liberal syllabus in the arts and sciences available to all students of King's, including Medical students. Principal subjects included English Literature, Theology, Modern History, Classics, Modern Languages and Mathematics, but later instruction covered subjects as diverse as Geology, Law, Political Economy and Oriental Languages. The division between General Literature and Science Departments, that took place in 1888, foreshadowed the replacement of General Literature by the new Faculty of Arts in 1893. In 1904 the Department of Architecture and the Divisions of Laws and Economics were integrated into the Faculty of Arts until the Transfer Act of 1908 when the governance of King's College London was transferred to the University of London and a separate Faculty of Laws was established. The Faculty of Arts was replaced by the School of Humanities in 1989.

Name of creator


Biographical history

Name of creator


Biographical history

Custodial history

King's College Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities.

Conditions governing access

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

Related materials

King's College London Archives: Faculty of Arts/School of Humanities student records (Ref: KFA/FP, KFA/FPC, KSH/FP, KSH/FPPG, KSH/FP(W), KSH/FPPG(W), KSH/FPND, KFA/FP(ADV); records of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Ref: KCLCA 1996 KSH (MGS), KSH/BMGS); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX). Also see the individual records of constituent departments.

Alternative identifier(s)

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.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Accession area