Help for researchers

What kinds of materials are included in BEAM?

BEAM is the home of digital archives that come to the Library through the work of archivists and curators who develop the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections. Material can be in virtually any digital format, and may come to us on the creator's own digital media or by digital transfer.

What subjects do the digital archives cover?

Materials in BEAM reflect the collections policy of the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections. The subjects covered are diverse:

  • African and Commonwealth
  • English literature
  • Modern political
  • Oxford University
  • Science and medicine

What types of digital archive do you hold?

Holdings include a wide range of material types:

  • Audio recordings
  • Everyday files, including documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Email archives
  • Moving image
  • Still image
  • Websites (held in the Bodleian Libraries Web Archive)
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