City of London College Archive (1861-1970)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the City of London College, London, comprising (but not limited to):

  • Governance papers
  • Annual reports
  • Calendars of business
  • Prospectuses and handbills
  • Distribution of prizes and certificates
  • Financial records, balance sheets and revenue accounts
  • Student publication, The Londinian, 1913-1953
  • Student enrolment cards, 1941-1967. (Requests involving personal data will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Ceremonial and ecclesiastical records
  • Ephemera

Administrative / Biographical History

The City of London College was created in 1861, following the reconstruction of classes that were held by its immediate precursor institution, the Metropolitan Evening Classes For Young Men, which had opened in 1848. Over the next twenty years, the college, which at that time was based at Sussex Hall on Leadenhall Street, was one of the pioneers in the introduction of commercial and technical subjects, and in 1881 it opened new premises on White Street (near Moorgate) at the a cost of £16,000 (an amount that was met, in part, through contributions received from HRH Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales).

In December 1940 the College's building was completely destroyed during an extensive air raid and classes were transferred, pro tem, to both the City Literary Institute and the Sir John Cass Technical Institute whilst a new home was sought. The College subsequently moved into premises at Electra House, 84 Moorgate (now the London Metropolitan University's Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law) in 1944. It celebrated its centenary in 1948 with a service of thanksgiving, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, at St. Paul's Cathedral.

In 1970 the college merged with the Sir John Cass College to form the City of London Polytechnic.

Conditions Governing Access

Please contact the Special Collections Project team specialcollections@londonmet.ac.uk.

Acquisition Information

Prior to 2014 and the commencement of London Metropolitan University Archives Project, all material relating to the CLC was stored, uncatalogued, within the University's building on jewry Street, London EC3N 2EY.

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