Catalogues at the Oxfordshire History Centre

Many holdings can be searched online - but some older catalogues exist only as card indexes.

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:

Archive collections

  • 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.

More information on Archive collections.

Books and pamphlets

More information on Books and Pamphlets

Maps

  • District valuation
    • District valuation maps and survey books dating from 1910 are available to search on our District valuation page
    • It is also possible to search for Oxfordshire DV maps, books and survey forms via an interactive map available in Oxfordshire History Centre’s public searchroom.

More information on District Valuation records

  • Ordnance Survey maps
    • Interactive digital OS mapping (historic and current) is available in Oxfordshire History Centre’s public searchroom.
    • Paper editions are not catalogued on Heritage Search, but holdings lists of County Series and National Grid plans are available in Oxfordshire History Centre’s public searchroom.
       
  • Other printed historic maps

More information on published mapping

Newspapers

More information on Newspapers, periodicals and directories

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.

More information on the Thomas Photos collection