The University Archive holds historical materials of the Open University and unique research collections.
The collections include materials relating to the history of the University and research collections relevant to many fields of research, in particular: modern political history, distance education, history of management, history of mathematics and systems behaviour.
The Open University Digital Archive (OUDA)
OUDA is a system that helps to manage and preserve digital and digitised OU archive content, as well as making materials more widely accessible. Visit OUDA to explore online collections of material, including over 160 historical OU images, over 30 full information programmes originally broadcast to support students, online exhibitions and featured items and selected clips from OU module programmes.
Click on the title of a collection for more information and access to online catalogues.
A comprehensive archive of print, audio-visual and associated materials created by the University for students since 1971
The historical archives of the University, including photographs, oral histories and other collections
One of the founders of the Open University, first Minister of the Arts and wife of Aneurin Bevan
The first Vice Chancellor of the Open University
MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Open University (1994-2006)
Researcher in the subject of social systems analysis
Researcher in the subject of British management history
Published materials of the Institute from 1947 to 1992
Literature on the history of management services
Mathematical library gathered by John Fauvel (1947-2001), Senior Lecturer at the Open University
Materials relating to the history of policing
A researcher on the care of children with severe learning difficulties
You will need to make an appointment with the University Archive team to view the collections.
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