XFORD University Press is the largest university press in the world. It is a department of Oxford University, and is governed by a group of academics known as the Delegates of the Press. The leading Delegate, known as the Secretary, serves as OUP's chief executive and as its major representative on other university bodies. Oxford University has used this system to oversee its Press since the 17th century.
OUP's Archive Department collects, catalogues and preserves all material of long-term importance associated with the University Press's commercial and social activities in Britain, from the 17th century to the present day.
The Archive comprises four main groups of material.
1. Paper records of Oxford University's printing and publishing activities
2. Artefacts from OUP's print shop
3. Audio-visual material relating to OUP's history
4. Print Library
Items from the Archive are made available to researchers by contacting the Archive to arrange a visit. Please see our Contact page for further information.
All unpublished items in the Archive are subject to a discretionary 30-year closure rule, for reasons of commercial confidentiality.