Saving Oxford Medicine

Collection Policy Statement

Status and Authority

Saving Oxford Medicine, a Bodleian Library initiative, has as its main aims:

  • the cataloguing of medical archives already held by the Bodleian Library in order to make them available to researchers.
  • the surveying and, in certain cases, acquisition, of archives of members of Oxford University's Medical Sciences Division and its predecessors, and other archives or records relating to medicine in Oxford, in order to make better provision for future research.

Scope of collection policy

1.Through Saving Oxford Medicine, the Library seeks to document significant aspects of medical research and education at Oxford University in the 20th and 21st centuries.

2. To achieve this, the Library will prioritise for acquisition primary source materials shedding light on work of national and international significance, with the following key objectives:

  • to record the principal achievements of members of Oxford University’s Medical Sciences Division and its predecessors.
  • to document the development and processes of medical research and education.
  • specifically, to acquire the archives of senior staff, where available, including those of the Regius Professors.

3. Materials sought by the Library will include correspondence with colleagues, organisations and family members, diaries, laboratory and research notebooks, working papers, draft and unpublished articles, career and appointments records, and photographs.

4. The Library will not acquire administrative records of Medical Sciences Division or its Departments. These are the concern of Oxford University Archives.

5. The Library will not usually acquire material where its information content is wholly or substantially available elsewhere, e.g. research notes for published works.

6. The archivists will appraise potential archive material to identify that which merits permanent preservation. The Bodleian Library reserves the right to refuse material which does not meet the selection criteria outlined in this collection policy statement. The archivists will, if required, offer guidance on appropriate repositories for such material.


The Library will acquire archive material in traditional paper formats, digital media, and photographic and audio-visual materials. With the permission of the owners, it will archive relevant websites using the web archiving service provider, Archive-It.

Archive boxes
Floppy disks

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