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College Collection


History of UCL.


Over 3000 items.

Scope and content

This collection complements the College archive (UCLCA).

Published works and ephemeral material on the history of UCL and people connected with it, including its official publications, such as Calendars and Annual Reports, and items that document its foundation and governance, such as Charters, Bye-Laws and lists of Proprietors. There are also photographs, published lectures, examination papers, some prospectuses, and a large number of student magazines, principally Pi and New Phineas. The collection also includes some works on the Bloomsbury area of London, and other institutions which form part of the wider University of London.

The Calendars are usually the best starting point for research on UCL, as they contain lists of students and staff, histories of the College, regulations, prospectuses and examination papers. They are also digitised, as part of our Digital Collections. Many of the photographs, the World War I Roll of Honour, and parts of UCLCA, such as Council minutes, can also be found here.

Ephemeral material mainly relates to student societies, or events, such as the opening of new buildings.

The collection also includes annual reports and magazines of University College Hospital and Medical School.


The bulk of the collection was formed by internal transfer from UCL departments and from parts of the general UCL library collections. Some items were donated by alumni and former staff.


Most of the collection is catalogued. To browse the records, conduct a shelfmark search for COLLEGE COLLECTION on Explore. It can be useful to add a suffix for the following broad sub-divisions:

  • COLLEGE COLLECTION A Foundation and history of UCL.
  • COLLEGE COLLECTION B Faculties and departments.
  • COLLEGE COLLECTION C Student and staff societies.
  • COLLEGE COLLECTION D Works by or about people associated with UCL.