Collections A-Z

Below is a list of all the collections we hold. Not all of our collections have full catalogues, some are only collection level descriptions; this is specified on the list below. Most of the book collections are catalogued on the Library Catalogue.  To find out more about a collection click on the 'View Record' button which will take you to the full collection description.

André Deutsch Collection


Consists of the published output of André Deutsch Ltd and Allan Wingate as well as titles from Deutsch's own personal library. The collection also includes a small selection of personal papers. Full catalogue.
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Artists' Books Collection

Collection of books that have been made by artists. Collection level description.
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Book Design Collection


Examples of book design of varying quality for study and comparison. Collection level description.
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Papers of the Booker Literary Prizes

Papers relating to the administrative history of the Booker Prize from 1968 to date. The collection also includes papers relating to the Booker Russian Novel Prize, and the International Booker Prize. Full catalogue, later years will be added as they become available.
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Books that Shaped the Century Collection


One hundred books from the twentieth century deemed by a panel of publishers, librarians and booksellers to have "significantly influenced the way people thought and acted, and thus influenced the course of history for better or worse." Collection level description.
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Papers of the Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy

Includes some personal papers and books of Dr Casson and the Dorset House Principals, plus photographs, ciné films and scrap books which document the history of Dorset House. Full catalogue.
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Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy associated papers


Papers collected or created by former staff and students of the school. Full catalogue.
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Early Children's Books Collection

Collection of children's literature. Collection level description.
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Typescript of Edward Thompson


Single Item.
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First Chapter Series, Booker Prize

Hand bound volumes, produced by Oak Tree Fine Press, containing the first chapter of selected Man Booker Prize winning novels, signed by the author and featuring specially chosen artwork. Items listed in collection level description.
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Fuller Collection


Principally a book and pamphlet collection covering many areas of hospitality. Collection level description.
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Grigson Collection

The personal library and papers of cookery writer Jane Grigson, updated with further accessions from the Jane Grigson Trustees. Full catalogue.
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Harold Fullard Collection of Atlases


Atlases, textbooks and journals relating to cartography. Collection level description.
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Jane Doe Collection

The professional output and personal papers of journalist and writer Jane Doe, aka Nettie Lewis. Full catalogue.
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Joanna Foster Collection


Papers of Joanna Foster CBE, former Director of The Pepperell Unit, Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, and Founder and Director of the National Work-Life Forum. Series level catalogue.
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Ken Hom Collection

The personal library and papers of chef and author Ken Hom. Full catalogue.
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Literature of the Book Collection


Collection of books by, about and for the book professions. Collection level description.
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Medical Sciences Video Archive

Collection of videotaped biographical interviews with over 130 important figures in clinical medicine and science from the United Kingdom and Australia. Collection level description.
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Michael Jackson Collection


The contents of writer and journalist, Michael Jackson's, office. Includes his personal library of books and much research material on beer, whisky and other drinks, hand-written notebooks, photographs, and press and book reviews. Collection level and some file/item level descriptions.
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Museum of Modern Art Oxford Collection

Principally a collection of exhibition catalogues from galleries world wide. Collection level description.
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National Brewing Library


Book, journal and archive collection relating to brewing, distilling, other alcoholic beverages and dependent trades. Full catalogue.
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Oxford Brookes University Collection

Papers of Oxford Brookes University and its predecessors, as well as papers from prominent members of staff including John Henry Brookes. Full catalogue - new accessions will be added periodically.
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Oxfordshire Society of Architects Collection


Books and journals relating to architecture and construction. Collection level description.
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Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music

The personal library, papers and music collection of academic and writer Paul Oliver. Collection level description.
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Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library


The personal library, papers and slide collection of academic and writer Paul Oliver. Collection level description.
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Peter Stockham Collection

A collection of original 19th and 20th century children's books, and books and magazines about children's literature and publishing. Collection level description.
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P. H. Newby typescripts


Draft typescripts of a number of P. H. Newby's novels, short stories and plays. Full catalogue.
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Publishing in Africa Collection

Books, reports, booklets and other papers covering all areas of the booktrade in Africa. Collection level description.
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Rainbird Archive


Collection of over 500 illustrated books produced by Rainbird, McLean Ltd, later George Rainbird Ltd. Collection level description.
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Rare Books Collection

Miscellaneous collection of rare books collected by the University Library from various sources. Collection level description.
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Sally Croft Collection


Collection of key occupational therapy textbooks. Collection level description.
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Visual Publications Collection

Educational filmstrips and accompanying transcripts covering a large number of subjects, including art history, geography, history, science, and religion. Collection level description.
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Welfare Collection


Collections concerning the welfare of the nation, including the books and papers of Charles Webster, Official Historian of the National Health Service. Collection level description.
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