Books that Shaped the Century Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises 100 books from the twentieth century deemed by a panel of publishers, librarians and booksellers to have "significantly influenced the way people thought and acted, and thus influenced the course of history for better or worse" (Gordon Graham, LOGOS 20th Century Books Project). The resulting collection encompasses a range of titles that includes two children's books, five plays, books concerned with the social sciences and science including psychology, politics, medicine, physics, management, philosophy, architecture, environment, feminism and history.

Administrative / Biographical History

The panel - members of the advisory board of LOGOS, the international book publishing journal - selected the titles after considering the 500 books recommended as "books of the century" by a variety of newspapers and institutions including The New York Times Book Review and Waterstones bookshops.

Conditions Governing Access

Internal staff and students will be asked to show their University ID card, and external applicants should bring proof of address.

If you have any queries, please email: libraryenquiries@brookes.ac.uk

Other Finding Aids

Please use the Library Catalogue, available at www.brookes.ac.uk/library, to search for items in this collection.

Custodial History

The collection was exhibited around Europe and the UK before being permanently housed in Oxford Brookes University Library.