Institute of Administrative Management (IAM), earlier the Office Machinery Users' Association (OMUA), Office Management Association (OMA) and Institute of Office Management (IOM)

Scope and Content

This collection includes: OMUA/OM minutes, 1927-1937; council minutes and related records, 1932-1984; annual general meeting minutes, 1951-1979; finance and general purposes committee minutes, 1956-1983; education committee minutes and related records, 1959-1991; various committee and other minutes and related papers, 1935-1990; annual reports, including accounts, 1932-1994; national conference records, 1934-1991; income and expenditure accounts and balance sheets, 1933-1986; branch history files, draft notes, press-cuttings, 1943-1978; regional branches general correspondence, 1976-1990; branch correspondence and related records,1965-1990; correspondence and papers concerning education,1938-1994; correspondence with kindred organisations concerning liaison visits and lectures, 1959-1990; Office Automation Management Advisory Service (OAMAS) correspondence and other records, c1980-1990; Consultative Council of Professional Management Organisations minutes and correspondence, 1966-1990; Institute of Reprographic Technology (IRT) correspondence 1962-1989; correspondence on consultancy and consortium projects,1985-1991; correspondence on external bodies, 1985-1990; correspondence on miscellaneous committees and other matters, 1967-1991; correspondence and papers on conferences,1959-1991; correspondence on the IAM's 80th anniversary, 1994; membership records, 1919-1992; various publications, including OMA/IOM/IAM Bulletin/Journal, 1947-2009; conferences, lectures, dinners, presentation visits, offices, etc, c1930-1990s; records concerning office salaries analysis, 1948-1992; 'Clerical/Office salaries analysis', 1942-1992; 'Office staff practices', 1961-1984; surveys conducted by and for IAM, 1982-1990; records of OMA London District, 1936-1939, Telecommunications Managers Division (TMD)/Telecommunications Managers' Association (TMA), 1958-1988, Office Automation Group, 1984-1990, the Association of Facilities Managers (AFM)/IAM Facilities Management Group (FMG)/ the Institute of Facilities Management (IFM), 1983-1990, Human Resources Group, 1986-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Office Machinery Users' Association was established in 1915 by Professor Lawrence R. Dicksee, an accountant and university lecturer, as a forum for the exchange of experience and ideas on the use of office equipment and systems. In 1935 it changed its name to the Office Management Association after an agreement with an earlier association of the same name (founded in 1932), which it thereupon absorbed. Further name changes occurred in 1960 to the Institute of Office Management, and in 1972 to the Institute of Administrative Management.

The IAM went into liquidation in Dec 2013 but after being purchased by Industry Qualifications, it was re-launched in July 2014.

Reference: A. Gibson, 'The Institute of Administrative Management. Seventy-five innovative years' (November 1991).


Since many of the series of records are complete chronological runs, the Institute of Administrative Management and its related bodies have been catalogued as one collection. The reference codes of these records were determined by a superseded catalogue arrangement. The codes are therefore not necessarily in order in the catalogue.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Institute of Administrative Management between 1996 and 2004. Additional material was also transferred from Warwick University Library

Other Finding Aids

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.

Related Material

The Centre also holds papers of Mr Brian Wood as a member of the Institute of Administrative Management council and Manchester/North West branch