Miscellaneous and Fragmentary Operational Research Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive comprises minutes, reports, notes, correspondence and published material relating to operational research, its history, practice and development, 1940-2000.


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 the finding aid 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

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection consists of a series of papers passed to the Operational Research Society in response to their request for the Society's archives to be collected centrally. The material is thus being deposited with the Modern Records Centre on an on-going basis. These initial papers were deposited with the Centre between 1994 and April 2000.

Other Finding Aids

Authority files exist for the Operational Research Society (GB 152 AAR1430) and the Institute for Operational Research (GB 152 AAR1428).

Archivist's Note

MSS.335/MIS catalogued by Eleanor Rowe and Charles Fonge to file level, October 1996 - April 2000. 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 expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the records of the Operational Research Society itself (MSS.335/SO), and the late Institute for Operational Research (MSS.335/IOR).

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