MECA Oman Archive

Oman Archive Collections

The Middle East Centre Archive holds an outstanding collection of papers and photographs on Oman, especially for military history in the 1970s, due to the establishment of the Oman Archive in the 1990s.

The proposal to establish the Oman Archive was made in February 1992, by Mr Ian Skeet, a former Management Liaison Representative for the Petroleum Development (PDO) oil company. The primary motivation for the project was the realisation that much potential research material for the study of twentieth century Omani history was in the hands of individuals who had lived and worked in Oman. Action to form the Archive was therefore taken through the early 1990s to ensure that valuable resources were collected.

The Archive is grateful for the support of the Anglo-Omani Society, which has funded several cataloguing and digitising projects of our Oman collections.

We are still collecting material for the Oman Archive. If you lived or served in Oman, and have any papers of photographs from your time in Oman, then we would welcome hearing from you. For further information please see our Oman Archive Donor Leaflet (pdf file).

Oman Oral History Projects

The Middle East Centre Archive holds oral history interviews from two projects led by Fiona Warton to interview veterans from the Sultan’s Armed Forces who served in Oman in the 1960s-1970s. The project ‘Frontier Force: Reflections on Securing Dhofar for Civil Development 1972-79’ and ‘Reflections on the Oman Insurgency 1965-1975 and its renaissance’.

Oman Archive Catalogues

The following Guides and Handlists are PDF files.

Guide to Collections relating to Oman

Oman Oral History Guide

Detailed catalogues