Archives and Local Studies catalogues
Many of our Archives and Local Studies holdings can be searched by keyword through Heritage Search, the online catalogue for document and publications at Oxfordshire History Centre, and for objects held by Oxfordshire Museums Service.
Check our guide on how to use Heritage Search (pdf format, 306Kb)
Some earlier catalogues are available only as card indexes. To consult these, you will have to visit Oxfordshire History Centre.
Visit the Heritage Search website to search the archives and local studies catalogues.
Photographic and Oral History catalogues
Our Photographic and Oral History collections can be searched by keyword or collection name through Picture Oxon, which contains:
- 300,000 image catalogue records
- 5,000 sound recording catalogue records
- 100,000 digital images
Visit the Picture Oxon website to search the photographic and oral history catalogues.
Many earlier catalogues are available only as card indexes. To consult these, you will have to visit Oxfordshire History Centre.
Catalogues not yet online
A broad overview of collections which are not searchable via our Heritage Search online catalogue:
- Quarter Sessions: bundles of papers of administrative and criminal business, 1687-1830 and 1850-1971
- Coroner: case papers have not been fully catalogued
- Diocese and Archdeaconry of Oxford: an overview catalogue of these collections is available through The National Archives Discovery portal.
- Parish records: about 10-15% of the catalogues are still only available in hard-copy format
- Deposited records from individuals and organisations: the catalogues of some classes of deposited records (for example, of estates, businesses, organisations and families are only accessible on cards.
Books and pamphlets
- Oxfordshire County, Oxford City and University books are mostly listed on Heritage Search, but only a minority of periodicals are included.
- A separate list of trade and street directories is available.
- District valuation
- Ordnance Survey maps
- Other printed historic maps
- Not catalogued on Heritage Search, but this holdings list of our newspaper collections (microform and digital) is available separately.
Photographs and prints
- The Thomas Photos collection catalogue is not yet available on the Picture Oxon online catalogue, while the data is being cleaned; please contact us to enquire about Thomas Photos images.