International Federation of Operational Research Societies

Scope and Content

This collection contains: committee papers, 1970s-1980s, including Administrative Committee papers, 1970-1990, Education Committee files, 1976-1989, and Organising Committee files, 1981-1993; files relating to conferences, 1975-81; Five International Associations Co-ordinating Committee papers, 1970-1985; correspondence with officers, 1970s; correspondence 1950s-70s; papers relating to General Meetings, 1960-1993.

Administrative / Biographical History

The International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) is an international organization of national societies whose primary object is the advancement of Operational Research. Its aims are the development of Operational Research as a unified science and its advancement in all nations of the world. IFORS was established in 1959 and its initial membership consisted of the Operations Research of America, the Operational Research Society of the United Kingdom, and The Société Francaise de Recherche Opérationnelle.

Reference: IFORS website, 8 March 2001:

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

Deposited by IFORS, February 2001

Other Finding Aids

Link to Modern Records Centre catalogue:

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the following other collections relating to the history, development and practice of operational research and to pioneers and practitioners in this field (collectively known as the Operational Research Archive): British European Airways: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/1); British Overseas Airways Corporation: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/2); British Steel Operational Research papers and Memoranda (MSS.335/BS); the Papers of Professor Stephen Cook (MSS.335/CK); the Community Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/COR); the East Midlands Operational Research Group (MSS.335/EMORG); Papers of the Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); papers for British Gas Operational Research (MSS.335/GA); British Gas North West Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GA/NW); GKN Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GKN); Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); Interviews with Operational Research Pioneers and Related Papers (MSS.335/INT); the Institute for Operational Research (MSS.335/IOR); the Local Government Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/LG); Miscellaneous and Fragmentary Operational Research Papers (MSS.335/MIS); Operational Analysis Branch, NATO (MSS.335/OAB); Draft Obituaries of Operational Research Practitioners (MSS.335/OBIT); the Papers of Jack Plymen (MSS.335/PLY); the Papers of Professor K. Brian Haley relating to Operational Research Quarterly (MSS.335/SO/H); the Papers of Rolphe C. Tomlinson (MSS.335/TOM); and the Papers of Dr Edward D. van Rest (MSS.335/VR).