The world's only official national O.R. archive is the O.R. and OR Society Archive based at the Modern Records Centre
at the University of Warwick
. This archive, which was set up by, and is funded by, the OR Society, continues to grow. In addition to the early OR Society papers the archive contains several personal deposits, including one by the late Professor Steve Cook, and papers from many O.R. groups. These include British Gas, BOAC, the former Local Government O.R. Unit and recently, through the good offices of OR Society President Ian Disley, a large deposit from the former United Steel Company. Members of the Archives Committee are trying to track down material from the former Liverpool Gas, Light & Coke Co, which had one of the earliest postwar O.R. groups. Any leads would be welcomed.
Using the Archive in Person
There shouldn’t be any access restrictions on the archive material, but if you intend to visit, please email beforehand to check availability.
Visitors are not allowed down into the archive vaults to leaf through the contents, but must request items in the reception area. Boxes are brought up to the visitor for inspection here. Terminals allow the visitor to access the catalogue listings. MRC are currently upgrading their cataloguing software, and re-cataloguing their contents. When complete, this should give easier listings and make it faster to find specific items.
OR Archive on the web
The Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive can be found at:
The Operational Research Society Archive can be reached at:
Contacting the OR Archive
Alternatively, contact the Archivists Christine Woodland
or Helen Ford
Modern Records Centre,
University of Warwick Library
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Telephone : 44(0) 24 7652 4219
Fax: 44(0) 24 7652 4211