Papers of Professor K. Brian Haley relating to Operational Research Quarterly

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of the papers of Professor Haley relating to his work on the Editorial Committee of Operational Research Quarterly, the magazine of the Operational Research Society, 1961-1977. The papers include agendas, minutes, reports and correspondence of the committee.

Administrative / Biographical History

Having read maths at Birmingham University in the 1950s, Haley was a research assistant in the Department of Engineering Production at the University 1953-7. He was part of the National Coal Board's Operational Research Group 1957-9. From 1959, he has taught at Birmingham University, becoming the country's first formal lecturer in operational research. In 1968, he became Professor of Operational Research, and is currently based at the School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham. He became an associate member of the Operational Research Society (ORS) in 1954; helping to found the Midlands Operational Research Group in 1959. He was the editor of International Abstracts in Operations Research in 1960, serving on the ORS Publications Committee 1960-80. He has also spent four years on the ORS Council and been editor of the Journal of the Operational Research Society.


This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive (MSS.335), which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.

The archive has been catalogued tofile level. A copy of this catalogue is available online, and in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited with the Modern Records Centre in December 1997 by the Operational Research Society. It forms part of the Operational Research Archive in response to a request from the Archives Committee of the Operational Research Society.

Other Finding Aids

Authority files exist for K. Brian Haley (GB 152 AAR1434), Ian Robert Maxwell (GB 152 AAR1441), the Operational Research Society (GB 152 AAR1430), and the Field Investigation Group of the National Coal Board (GB 152 AAR1448).

Archivist's Note

MSS.335/SO/H catalogued by Eleanor Rowe to file level in January 1999. Collection-level description created by Charles Fonge, November 1999.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.