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These are the records created by the University’s Central Administration, which are now catalogued online. Before 1900, the role of the University was limited to examining and conferring degrees but, after that date, it expanded its responsibilities to include teaching and research and became a federal university. The University developed its international role through the External System.
There is also material on the discussion 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 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. Staff can advise on conditions of access.
Guides to holdings
University Archive Catalogue
Hard copies of the catalogues of the University archives are available at Senate House Library. These comprise a full catalogue of archives (mostly archives up to circa 1980) and lists of more recent University archives. The Archives Catalogue includes pdf copies of the summary guide and of the full catalogues. There are also pdf lists of archives added more recently to the University archive. More recent accessions are described directly on to the online archives catalogue.
Governance and strategy development
Collegiate Council: minutes (ref CC1)
Collegiate Council; Ad Hoc Committees (ref CC4)
Central File (ref CF1)
Convocation and Committees (ref CN1-4)
Court: minutes (ref CT1)
Court: Committee on Academic Organisation (ref CT9)
Court: Functions & Ceremonies (ref CT7) (see also Photographs)
Committee on Academic Organisation (ref CT9)
External Council: minutes, and committees (ref EC1-2)
Overseas Colleges in Special Relationship (ref AC11)
Athlone Press (ref AP1-4)
University of London Press and Printing (ref CF2)
Registration Officer (ref RG1-24)
Research and Development
Brown Animal Sanatory Institution (ref BR1-2)
Centre of International and Area Studies (ref CA1-3)
University Observatory (ref OB1-2)
Physiological Laboratory (ref PL1-5)
Accountant (ref AT1-12)
University Computing Services (ref CP1-13)
Court: Commmittee on Accommo & Equipment (ref CT2)