News

14 December 2016

Paul Oliver's archival collection arrives in Special Collections

Paul Oliver’s Vernacular Architecture Archival Collection has been deposited in the Special Collections section of Oxford Brookes University’s main library.

Paul Oliver, MBE, HFRIBA, FRAI (1927) is an art historian who taught at Oxford Brookes University for more than thirty years. During this time he has written and edited a large number of books on vernacular architecture, most notably the monumental Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Cambridge University Press, 1997), which won the prestigious Sir Bannister Fletcher Award for Art and Architecture.

A part of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL) collection, the archive comprises material related to Oliver’s many publications (including the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World), correspondence, conference papers, unclassified graphic material, and more personal material such as notebooks, travel logs and press cuttings.

The acquisition of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Archival Collection was made possible by the generous support of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

The collection is available for research by appointment only. A finding aid to the collection is available on request from Special Collections. Please contact libraryenquiries@brookes.ac.uk.

For more details on the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library visit poval.org.uk.