Key Information

Reference code





  • 1844-1990 (Creation)

Level of description



137 boxes and volumes

Scope and content

The records of the University of London in King's College London Archives consist of Senate minutes, University regulations and calendars, 1844-1990. These comprise minutes of the University Senate, including some appendices, covering regulations, scholarships, finance, social affairs, libraries, general administration and strategic planning, 1950-1981; printed and bound Regulations for Internal Students of the University, 1973-1988; Calendars of the University of London, 1844, 1850, 1869, 1878, 1918-1919, 1923-1930, 1934-1935, 1937-1939, 1947- 1957, 1959-1990. These contain a wealth of information concerning the University and its staff and students, covering the history of the University, regulations, clubs and societies and list the teaching staff of the University and its officers. Calendars up to 1930 also list internal students of the constituent colleges including King's College.

System of arrangement

Minutes, regulations and Calendars are arranged chronologically.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

The University of London was established in 1836 as a degree awarding body until its refoundation in 1900 when it adopted the federal structure of the modern teaching University. The Senate was the sole governing and executive body of the University until the creation of the Court under the terms of the University of London Act of 1926. The Senate retained authority over academic affairs, while the Court managed financial matters. The Senate is composed of senior representatives of the Schools, Colleges and Institutes that make up the University and is normally located in the University buildings at Bloomsbury, which were opened in 1936.

Custodial history

Principal and College Secretary's Office, 1981-1990.

Conditions governing access

Open, 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

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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The University of London Library contains a full record of the minutes of the Senate, and of Regulations and Calendars.

Related materials

The relationship between King's and the University can be traced in particular via the Council and Delegacy minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/D/M). The records of the University of London Archive at Senate House contain original material covering every aspect of the organisation and operation of the University, 1840-1994 (Ref: GB 0096 UoL).

Related descriptions

Publication note

Negley Harte, The University of London, 1836-1986 (London, 1986); S. Gordon Wilson, The University of London and its Colleges (London, 1923).

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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.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Accession area