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Papers of the Oxford Ornithological Society


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Papers of the Oxford Ornithological Society, including: minute books, 1920s-2000s; attendance books, 1920s-1960s; correspondence, data and reports relating to birds, 1920s-1940s; two letter-press blocks by Charles Tunnicliffe, used for illustrating front covers of OOS Annual Reports 1946-1991; receipt and outgoings books, 1970s-1990s; OOS Secretary's administrative letters and notes, 1987-1992 (donated in 2016 by C. Blundell, OOS Secretary 1988-1992).


  • Creation: 1921-2018


2.4 Linear metres (13 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. 15461/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15461/1-13

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15461


Papers of the Oxford Ornithological Society, 1921-2016.

Biographical / Historical

The Oxford Ornithological Society (OOS) was founded in 1921. It takes an active interest in local conservation issues, and has ties with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the County Ecologist, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) and other conservation bodies. They support and help to co-ordinate various bird monitoring schemes within the county.

The Oxford Ornithological Society welcomes all who have an interest in birds and birdwatching in Oxfordshire, whether young or old, expert or novice. Activities are designed to cater for a range of interests and levels of experience.

The OOS supports the County Recorder and collates and maintains a computer database of bird sightings in the county, which are vetted by a Records Committee and form the basis of the Annual Report. Records are used to contribute to surveys, to inform conservation and management decisions, to support responses to planning applications, and so on. Records are periodically passed on to the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre.


Material arranged as received from the Alexander Library of Ornithology.

Custodial History

The majority of the material was presented to the Alexander Library of Ornithology by Roy Overall (Honorary Archivist) on behalf of the Oxford Ornithological Society (OOS). The exception is MS. 15461/13 which was donated by C. Blundell (OOS Secretary, 1988-1992) in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of the papers of the Oxford Ornithological Society
EAD version by Marion Lowman
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom