Operational Research Society Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive contains the minutes of the Operational Research Club and Society, 1953-1979; its annual accounts and reports, 1958-1976; subscription books, 1961-1974; correspondence files relating to various aspects of the Society and its administration, 1957-1987; a range of publications produced by the Society, 1950-1995, and others in the same field, 1961-1994; volumes of press-cuttings, 1961-1974; photographs of Society members and events, 1997-2001.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Operational Research Club was founded in April 1948 and its main activities were to hold scientific meetings and, from 1950, produce a quarterly journal. The Club was succeeded in 1954 by the Operational Research Society. The Society established its own offices in London in 1959, and was incorporated on 30 June 1960. The Society continued to publish Operational Research Quarterly, which in 1978 assumed the title Journal of the Operational Research Society and comprised twelve annual issues. In 1973, the Society moved its headquarters to Birmingham.

Reference:  P. Rivett and R.L. Ackoff,A Manager's Guide to Operational Research(London, 1963); http://www.orsoc.orh.uk


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 to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available both 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

The archive is open for research, with the exception of unpublished material that is less than 20 years old.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited with the Modern Records Centre by the Operational Research Society between February and December 1994. An additional deposit of minutes and papers relating to the Society's Council and various committees, c. 1963-1987, was made in January 2000. This later accrual is unlisted. A CD-ROM of photographs of Society members and events was added in February 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Authority files exist for the Operational Research Society (GB 152 AAR1430) and the Operational Research Club (GB 152 AAR1431).

Archivist's Note

MSS.335/SO catalogued by Eleanor Rowe and Richard Storey to file level in August 1996. Collection-level description created by Charles Fonge, November 1999; amended by C. Woodland, February 2001.

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 expected.