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 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.
You will need to make an appointment with the University Archive team to view the collections.
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Dr Edward Brech was the first person in Britain to achieve a doctorate in British management history. He donated his personal archive of papers and books to the Open University.
John Fauvel's collection of around 2,500 books, including rare 17th, 18th & 19th century texts is held by the OU Archive on behalf of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
Draft material and correspondence relating to Sir Geoffrey's published works, articles & speeches on social systems analysis and the complex patterns of social organisation.
Collections include the history of the University and research in modern political history, distance education, history of management, history of mathematics and systems behaviour.