College Council Minute Books and Governing Body Minute Books

Repository: UCC University Archives Service

Identity Statement

TitleCollege Council Minute Books and Governing Body Minute Books
Archive ReferenceIE UC/CCGB/MB
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1849-2004
Extent Medium72 volumes


Creator(s): Queen’s College Cork University College Cork

  • Administrative History ↴

    When University College Cork was founded in 1849 it was originally known as Queen’s College Cork (QCC) and it was established along with its sister colleges in Belfast and Galway. The Board of Queens Colleges consisting of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the three colleges arranged the system of education and statutes. Initially, degrees were conferred in the faculties of arts, law and medicine. In 1908 under the Irish Universities Act, two new universities – the National University of Ireland and the Queen’s University of Belfast were established and a new charter was issued in December 2nd 1908 changing the name of Queen’s College Cork to University College Cork (UCC).
  • Archival History ↴

    Transferred to the University Archives when it was established in the 1980s.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Queen’s College Cork University College Cork ↴

    The minute books record the business of the College Council and Governing Body, UCC. When Queen’s College Cork was set up in the 1849 the College Council consisted of 6 members – the President of the university, the Vice President and the four Deans of faculty. As the principal committee of the college, they met twice a month during college terms and discussed the business of the college including academic and administrative affairs, financial business as well as staffing issues.
    In 1908 when QCC became University College Cork under the terms of the Irish Universities Act, the College Council became the Governing Body of UCC and membership rose to 29. Other committees were set up in 1909 and 1910 such as the Academic Council, Finance Committee and Buildings Committee. From 1909 onwards, the Governing Body minute books record the decisions of the committee on reports from the other committees as well as other affairs of the college.
    Further changes to Governing Body functions and powers, membership and length of term have taken place over the years, most recently in the Universities Act 1997 and the Governing Body is now elected under the terms of Section 16 of this act. Some volumes include an index.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    Further accruals are expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    This collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access to material over 30 years old is available on request, depending on the condition of the original, contact University Archivist, UCC.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo material may be reproduced without the permission of the Archivist and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access.
Creation Dates1849-2004
Extent Medium72 volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids MS Access database available to researchers in the reading room. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Publication NoteProfessor John A Murphy 'The College – A History of Queen’s / University College Cork', 1995.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteCatriona Mulcahy
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
Date of Descriptions41671