Special Collections

These collections are only available Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00 and subject to fetches at 10.30 am and 2 pm rather than on demand.

If you are a registered reader, please apply at one of the Help Desks or in writing (paper or e-mail) or use the online stack request option on SOLO for items with the status Closed Stack.

If you are not a registered reader and you wish to consult specific items, please apply in writing (paper or e-mail) stating your identity, home institution, purpose of study and the item(s) you wish to consult.


Rare book collection

Older material in the general classified sequence is kept in closed access (SOLO location: C RBR).
E-mail enquiries/applications to sac-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.
Material should be consulted at the designated tables in the entrance area.

Wind Collection

The Wind Collection consists primarily of books collected by Professor Edgar Wind and covering the fields of iconography/iconology and the Classical tradition. It is kept in the Wind Room (SOLO location: C Wind).

Specific items may be fetched for use in the Reading Rooms (with arrangements as for rare book collection): please apply at the 2nd floor Desk.

For access to the Wind Room, please apply to Graham Piddock (Librarian in Charge).

LibGuides: Edgar Wind and Oxford 

Haskell Collection

The Haskell Collection consists of materials collected by Professor Francis Haskell and primarily covering the field of French 18th to 19th century Salon criticism. It is kept in the Haskell Room and the Rare Books Room.

Specific items may be fetched for use in the Reading Rooms (with arrangements as for rare book collection).
For access to the Haskell Room, please apply at the 2nd floor Desk.

Library of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society

Most of the collection is housed on open shelves in the Papyrology Room and is available to registered readers and members of the OAHS. Some items are in the Rare Books Room and may be called up as per the rare book collection.


Please apply in advance to Graham Piddock (Librarian in Charge) for access to archival material held in the Sackler, which includes the following collections:

  • Notebooks of J.G.C. Anderson
  • Papers of James Berry relating to Oxford church 'St. Peter in the East'
  • Papers and photographs of W.H. Buckler
  • Theodore Burton-Brown's notebooks on ancient Near Eastern archaeology
  • W.G. Collingwood's notes, drawings and photographs of Anglo-Saxon and Viking crosses and tombstones
  • John Dewar Denniston's notebooks and papers on Greek metre and language
  • Papers of Percy Gardner
  • Haverfield Archive (papers of F.J. Haverfield)
  • Indexes of catacomb pictures
  • Letters and postcards from Theodor Mommsen to F.J. Haverfield
  • Papers of August Mommsen
  • Papers of W.M.F. Petrie relating to Naqada, Ballas and Hu in Upper Egypt
  • Papers of Sir William Ramsay
  • Richmond Archive (papers of Sir Ian Richmond)
  • Papers of Hayman Rooke concerning Derbyshire archaeology
  • Papers of E.P. Warren and John Marshall
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