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The Open University Archive

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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.

The Collections

Click on the title of a collection for more information and access to online catalogues.

Study Materials Collection

A comprehensive archive of print, audio-visual and associated materials created by the University for students since 1971

Historical materials of the Open University

The historical archives of the University, including photographs, oral histories and other collections

Jennie Lee Collection

One of the founders of the Open University, first Minister of the Arts and wife of Aneurin Bevan

Walter Perry Collection

The first Vice Chancellor of the Open University

Betty Boothroyd Collection

MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Open University (1994-2006)

Geoffrey Vickers Collection

Researcher in the subject of social systems analysis

Edward Brech Collection

Researcher in the subject of British management history

British Institute of Management Collection

Published materials of the Institute from 1947 to 1992

Graham Briscoe Productivity Collection

Literature on the history of management services

John Fauvel Collection

Mathematical library gathered by John Fauvel (1947-2001), Senior Lecturer at the Open University

Police History Collections

Materials relating to the history of policing

Maureen Oswin Collection

A researcher on the care of children with severe learning difficulties

Accessing Archive Materials

You will need to make an appointment with the University Archive team to view the collections.



University Archive
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Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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