to other Archives & Sources
Oxfordshire Record Office
The county record office where you will find all the administrative records of the county, and a great deal more besides. The Record Office can be visited at St. Luke's Church, Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford,OX4 2EX, or reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Oxfordshire Studies www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/index/libraries_heritage_countryside/cos.htm
COS is the local studies library in Oxford which has a library of books
relating to Oxford and to the University available for use on site. The
Centre also has a huge collection of photographs, maps, and plans of the
city, county, and university, and is a major Family History Centre.
Oxford Brookes University
The other university in Oxford which holds some small but interesting archives particularly the Dorset House Archive
and the Wesley Centre, Oxford www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/education/wco/library.html
The Dorset House Archive Web site was officially opened on 8 November 2004 by HRH The Princess Royal. The Archive documents the history of Dorset House, the first School of Occupational Therapy in the UK, the Casson family and the wider history of Occupational Therapy education in Britain from 1930 to 1980. As well as personal papers and books the collection consists of photographs, ciné films and scrapbooks.
The Methodist Studies Unit of the Wesley Centre, Oxford contains several important research collections relating to Methodists and Methodist history. These include the archives of Westminster College, the first Wesleyan Methodist Teacher Training College which was founded in London in 1851 and moved to Oxford in1959.
Oxford University Press
A department of the University, OUP is one of the world’s leading publishers of academic and popular texts. It holds records of the administration of the Press and of its publishing and printing activities in Great Britain. Inquiries can be e-mailed via the archive web site, or by post to: Dr. Martin Maw, Archivist, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP. 01865 353527.
The Archive collects, catalogues, preserves, and makes available for research historical material from OUP's printing and publishing operations in the UK. Although Oxford University has been involved in printing since the fifteenth century, the earliest item in the archive dates from 1668. Besides editorial and administrative material, the archive holds the records of both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
OUP operates a 30-year closure rule on most unpublished documents. Please contact us for further access details.
Book printing ceased at OUP's Oxford premises in 1989. The archive includes printing machinery and typographical equipment from the Print Shop, including the seventeenth century "Fell type" collection.
A selection of this material is on display on OUP's Museum. This is open to the public, without charge, 10.00-4.00. Please make an appointment to view the museum by ringing OUP Archives on the number given above.
Bodleian Library Department of Western Manuscripts
The Bodleian Library has significant archival collections, many of which relate to the University, the colleges, and their alumni.
The museums attached to the University - the Ashmolean, the University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum www.prm.ox.ac.uk/databases.html , the Bate Collection, the Botanic Garden, and the Museum of the History of Science - have archival collections of their own which may be of particular interest to those researching topics relating to natural history, science, anthropology, archaeology, and art. Links to these can be found on the University’s front page.
University faculties and departments
Many of the University’s faculties and departments have archives, most of which will be deposited in the University Archives (see Links).
Others, like the Dunn School of Pathology
and the Alexander Library (Edward Gray Institute of Field Ornithology) http://users.ox.ac.uk/~zoolib/
will have useful information on their web-pages. These can be accessed from the University’s front page to which there is a link from this site.
Based at Kew, in Surrey, the National Archives (which includes the Historic Manuscripts Commission) contains the administrative records of the England and Wales, and much else besides. Its web-site includes access to the 1901 Census on-line, and gives links to a number of archival resources including the National Register of Archives, ARCHON, and A2A. The National Register of Archives allows you to search by name, place name, organisation or company name, and will list all the relevant collections of papers which have been notified to the Historic Manuscripts Commission. When searching for personal papers, always try the NRA first. ARCHON provides contact details for archival repositories, while A2A actually contains the catalogues of many repositories around the country. A2A is always being updated.
A point of access to descriptions of collections held in colleges and universities. The descriptions are usually at ‘collection level’, ie. quite brief, and it will still be necessary to visit a repository to see the actual documents.
International Genealogical Index
Parish register records from across the UK, the IGI is compiled by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and is available for use free of charge.
Church Plans On-line
If you are interested in new church buildings and alterations to existing buildings, Church Plans On-line has details of plans, architects, builders etc. for work done in the later 19th century and the 20th.
Church of England Clergy Database
The Clergy of the Church of England Database gives details of the careers of Anglican clergymen between 1540 and 1835.