MEC Archive

MEC Archive

MEC Archive Closure

The MEC Archive reading room is currently closed. We are seeking to support remote access by providing an at cost scanning service. Priority will be given to copying orders from current members of Oxford University. Scanning costs are £9.77 per hour plus VAT.

For more information please see our webpage on Remote Access.

During the lockdown current members of Oxford University can apply for exceptional access to the Archivist and MEC Director, if there is a pressing need which means that they cannot wait until the end of the current lockdown. If the exceptional access is granted, it will consist of a one hour session to select material for copying. During the one hour session, the Archive's normal policies on copying will apply and so digital photography is also permitted for unpublished archives providing the standard copyright exemption form is filled out.

MEC Archive

The Middle East Centre Archive was founded in 1961 by Elizabeth Monroe and Albert Hourani with the aim of preserving and making available for research the papers and photographs of individuals who have lived or served in the Middle East as for example senior Government representatives, members of the armed forces, bankers, businessmen, missionaries or travellers. For further details please see our Collecting Policy and a History of the Middle East Centre Archive: 1961-2017 (pdf file).

The Archive has state of the art facilities in the spectacular Investcorp Building (designed by Zaha Hadid) and now contains over 3,000 boxes of papers and photographs of over 700 individuals or organisations covering the period 1800 to the present day with strong holdings for the Palestine Mandate and for Oman in the 1970s.

If you have papers or photographs that you would like to add to the Archive or if you would like to offer financial support please see our Donation's webpage and our Financial gifts webpage.

Contact Details

Ms Debbie Usher, Archivist
Middle East Centre Archive, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF
debbie.usher@sant.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: 01865 284706

MEC Archive Closure

The MEC Archive reading room is currently closed. We are seeking to support remote access by providing an at cost scanning service. Priority will be given to copying orders from current members of Oxford University. Scanning costs are £9.77 per hour plus VAT.

For more information please see our webpage on Remote Access.

During the lockdown current members of Oxford University can apply for exceptional access to the archivist and MEC Director, if there is a pressing need which means that they cannot wait until the end of the current lockdown. If the exceptional access is granted, it will consist of a one hour session to select material for copying. During the one hour session, the Archive's normal policies on copying will apply and so digital photography is also permitted for unpublished archives providing the standard copyright exemption form is filled out.