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Special Collections

Description of Special Collection

Collection Level Description: Durham University Records: King's College
University Library

Collection Level Description: Durham University Records: King's College

Collection name: Durham University Records: King's College
Collection code: GB 033 UND-H
Date range: 1934
Extent: 0.1 metres
Language: English
Created by: Created by King's College of Durham University
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Part of : Durham University Records

No records from the administration of King's College have yet come to light in Durham.
About the creator:
King's College was created in 1937 by the amalgamation of Durham University's Armstrong College and the College of Medicine in Newcastle on the formal federalisation of Durham University. It was governed by its own rector, who alternated with the warden of the Durham Colleges as vice-chancellor of the whole university, and its own council. It comprised around two-thirds of the university's student population. Whilst the Science and Medicine, include Dentistry, subjects had been its core strengths, by 1937 it also taught most of the subjects covered in Durham and so, after various proposals during the 1950s, it finally became the independent University of Newcastle in 1963. Students graduating at Newcastle from 1963 who had matriculated pre-1963 were entitled to take their degrees from Durham if they so wished, so Newcastle students, especially postgraduates, continue to appear in Durham pass lists throughout the 1960s. Also some committees continued to operate jointly after 1963, but 1963 was effectively the end of Nerwcastle's association with Durham.
One item received from a College of Medicine alumnus
Open for consultation.
Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
Online catalogue available at
Related collections held at Durham:
The archives of King's College, and its antecedents the College of Science/Armstrong College and the College of Medicine, are held by Newcastle University.
G. Grey Turner, The Newcastle upon Tyne School of Medicine, 1834-1934, (Newcastle upon Tyne 1934)

E. M. Bettenson, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne A Historical Introduction 1834-1971 (Newcastle upon Tyne 1971)

N. McCord, Newcastle University: Past, Present and Future (2006)

Index terms

King's College (Durham University)
Armstrong College (Durham University)
University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Durham University. College of Medicine.
Durham University. College of Science.

Date last modified: 24 January 2009