A handy guide to procedures for accessing the Conservative Party Archive is available for download here.
A Bodleian Libraries' Reader's Card is required before you can access material held by the Libraries. Different categories of card are issued depending on what material and which of the Bodleian Libraries you need access to. Use of the Conservative Party Archive is restricted to holders of Category A Bodleian Libraries' reader's cards only - which is required for readers consulting manuscript material and special collections (Undergraduates, please see below).
To obtain a Category A reader's card, you will need to go to the Admissions Office on the day of your first visit, with your completed Admissions Form. This form includes a Statement of Research Needs in which you should explain why you need access to the Conservative Party Archive, and any other manuscript or special collection held by the Library.
On presentation of your completed form, valid proof of identity and academic status, and payment (if relevant), the Admissions Office will issue your reader's card there and then.
Please be sure to provide the correct documentation as without it you will not be issued with the correct type of reader's card, which will prevent you from having access to the papers.
Further details of the admissions process can be found here.
In addition to the steps listed above, undergraduates are required to provide an email or letter of introduction from your dissertation supervisor, to be sent to the Conservative Party Archivist well in advance of visiting. This should include the following information:-
- The names of your academic institution and course;
- The title/subject of your dissertation;
- The name of your dissertation supervisor.
Undergraduates from Oxford University are not required to provide a letter of recommendation, but should still provide the above information in advance of visiting.