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Papers of the Oxford Society


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The collection includes minutes of meetings (held predominantly in London) of the Executive Committee of the Oxford Society from its beginnings up to May 1988, minutes of Annual General Meetings and Council Meetings (1933-1969), minutes of several sub-committees (mainly Subscription, Recruitment and Appeal sub-committees, 1940-1970) and minutes of the London [Branch] Committee (1934-1937). All are signed and sometimes corrected by their respective chairmen. Also, there are papers relating to the work of the Executive Committee, covering the early history of the Society, and the expansion of its membership and activities.


  • Creation: 1932-1988


1.95 Linear metres (13 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7271, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7271-7283

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11289, 7017


Papers of the Oxford Society, an organization of former and present members of the University of Oxford, 1932-1988.

Biographical / Historical

The Oxford Society was founded in 1932 as an organization of former and present members of the University of Oxford with the aim of promoting the interests of the University as well as keeping its members in touch with each other and the University. In 2004 the Oxford Society together with the Helmore Fund formed the Oxford University Society and as such became the Oxford University's official alumni organization. Chancellors of the University are Presidents of the Society. It has branches all over the world. The Society’s magazine Oxford today (formerly Oxford) is published three times a year. Further details can be found in The encyclopaedia of Oxford (London, 1988).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by the Oxford Society at various dates.

Related Materials

Reports of the Executive Committee to the 1st-5th General Meetings (1933-1937) published for the Society are bound under the Bodleian shelfmark Per. G.A. Oxon 8° 1103. Additional papers (correspondence, agendas, dinner menus etc.) are kept in the Bodleian Library, shelfmark G.A. Oxon 4° 592.

Catalogue of the papers of the Oxford Society, 1932-1988
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom