Before 1900, the role of the University was limited to examining and awarding degrees, but after this date it expanded its responsibilities to include teaching and research and became a federal university. The archive holds materials on the discussions prior to the 1900 change and much material on the building of Senate House itself. A full set of minutes of the Senate, from 1837, and minutes of the Court, Academic Council, Boards of Studies and other committee papers are also held.
Records not already in the public domain are usually open for research, subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act. Hard copies of the University archive catalogues are available at Senate House Library.
The Archive does not hold students’ personal files or examination pass lists (these are kept by the individual member institutions or with the External and Internal Student Administration Division of the University).
There are also archives on University of London military service in Senate House Library.