International Correspondence Schools (ICS) Ltd

Scope and Content

Corporate, legal and shareholding records, student course materials including publications, artefacts, photographs and prints.

Administrative / Biographical History

International Correspondence Schools (ICS) Ltd was founded in 1890 in the USA. The company was incorporated in the UK in 1902, based in London. ICS created its own textbooks with exam questions and structured their courses so that students could study at home at their own pace. The company was divided into schools, each with its own curriculum to cover a broad range of subjects. Subsidiary companies included ICS (Colonial) Ltd, the name being changed to ICS (Overseas) Ltd in 1937; the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, changed to The Institute of Domestic Arts Ltd in 1960 and ICS (Australasia) PTY Ltd which in turn owned ICS (New Zealand) Ltd. ICS moved to Scotland in the 1960s and in 1982 the company underwent a corporate structural reorganization which saw Intertext Group Ltd, ICS (Overseas) Ltd and The School of Accountancy (SOA) Ltd being incorporated into one company as International Correspondence Schools (ICS) Ltd. ICS Ltd acquired Trans-World Educational Services Ltd, a distance learning company based in Jersey in 1987. In 2013 the company was sold to Clyde Educational Ltd and continues to operate as ICS Learn. For a more detailed history see UGC 248 233 collection level description


Arranged by record type then chronologically within series.

Related Material

  • GB 248 UGC 233/2: International Textbook Company Ltd, 1902-late 20th century;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/3: Intertext Group Ltd, 1909-2008;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/4: ICS (Overseas) Ltd, 1913-late 20th century;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/5: Institute of Domestic Arts Ltd, 1919-1982;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/6: ICS (Australasia) PTY Ltd, 1922-late 20th century;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/7: The School of Accountancy (SOA) Ltd, mid 20th Century-late 20th century;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/8: The Regent Institute Ltd, 1953-1982;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/9: Trans-World Educational Services Ltd, 1967-1987;
  • GB 248 UGC 233/10: Intertext Training Services Ltd, 1968-1982.