Catalogue of the Oxfam Archive: Appeals and Fundraising

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Antonia White, based on an earlier finding aid by Rosie Dodd and Chrissie Webb
2018

MS. Oxfam APL/1-9
Cataloguing support provided by Rachael Orchard.
Catalogued with the generous support of the Wellcome Trust

This is the second edition of this catalogue. Further material will be added in subsequent editions as a result of ongoing cataloguing work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Appeals and Fundraising Policy 1964-2007
    A.1   Appeals and Fundraising Committees 1964-1993
    A.2   Market Research 1965-2007
    A.3   Correspondence relating to appeals and fundraising policy and strategy 1964-1996
    A.4   Policy and strategy reports and papers 1974-1997
B   Records relating to fundraising with the public 1943-2014
    B.1   Advertisements 1943-2008
    B.2   Clothing appeals 1949-1980 and n.d. [late 1940s-1980s]
    B.3   Broadcast appeals 1950-1964
    B.4   Collections 1958-2014
    B.5   Regular giving schemes 1960-2007 and n.d. [1950s-c.2010]
    B.6   Appeals mailings 1950-2011
    B.7   Specific appeals 1947-2010
    B.8   Sponsored events and activities 1966-2011 and n.d. [1960s-2000s]
    B.9   Fundraising events and activities 1954-2009
    B.10   Covenants and Gift Aid 1960-1999 and n.d. [c.1959-2000s]
    B.11   Legacies and insurance schemes 1965-2002 and n.d. [c.1960s-2009]
    B.12   Stamp books featuring Oxfam appeals 1961-1972
    B.13   Appeals and fundraising slide sets 1982-1992
    B.14   General appeals and fundraising publicity materials 1957-2001 and n.d. [c.1950s-2000s]
    B.15   Catalogues 2004-2009 and n.d. [c.2000s]
C   Records relating to fundraising from major donors 1963-2008
    C.1   Correspondence of the Major Donors and Trusts team, Project Support Office, and predecessors, relating to fundraising from major donors 1980-2006
    C.2   Reports and papers relating to fundraising from major donors 1980-2002
    C.3   Materials relating to fundraising from major donors 1963-2008 and n.d. [early 1960s-c.2008]
    C.4   Trusts income sheets 1975-1993
D   Records relating to fundraising from international donors 1973-2004 and n.d. [c.1991-2008]
    D.1   Correspondence relating to fundraising from international donors 1973-2004
    D.2   Project and contract files for projects funded by international donors 1984-2002
    D.3   Procedures and guidelines for funding from international donors 1996-2003 and n.d. [c.1991-2003]
    D.4   Reports relating to funding from international donors 1992-1997 and n.d. [c.1994-2008]
E   Fundraising procedures and guidelines 1967-1996
F   Appeals and fundraising artefacts 1946-2006
G   Appeals and fundraising films 1963-1976 and n.d. [1960s]
H   Correspondence and papers of the Regions Department, later Division, and the Home Division Directorate, mainly relating to fundraising 1963-1983
    H.1   Correspondence with Area and Regional staff relating to management and operations 1963-1982
    H.2   Circulars to Regions 1965-1983
    H.3   Minutes of meetings and related papers 1966-1981
    H.4   Income and expenditure 1966-1977
    H.5   Conferences 1969-1970


Records produced by Oxfam's appeals and fundraising function

1943-2014

Abstract:
Records produced by Oxfam's appeals and fundraising function

Extent: 32 Linear metres, 192 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/1-9

Organizational history

The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief was formed on 5 October 1942 at a meeting in the Old Library of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It was one of several similar groups set up around the U.K. during the Second World War, in support of the National Famine Relief Committee, to lobby for the relief of suffering behind the Allied blockade in Greece and other countries under German occupation. The Oxford Committee initially raised funds to be channelled through the Greek Red Cross. Throughout the remainder of the war it also campaigned, unsuccessfully, for the lifting of the blockade to allow relief supplies through to starving populations. In March 1943 it was registered as a charity under the War Charities Act.

In the post-war years, the Oxford Committee remained in existence to raise funds and dispatch supplies of food and clothing to refugees and others in Europe through agencies such as the Salvation Army and the Save the Children Fund. In 1948 it broadened its aims to include 'the relief of suffering as a result of wars or of other causes in any part of the world' and turned its attention also to aid for refugees in the Middle East and people affected by conflict in Korea in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, it gained national recognition through its humanitarian response to war and famine in the Congo and Biafra. In 1965, the shortened telegraphic address, 'Oxfam', which had been used informally since the 1940s, was adopted as the charity's registered name.

During the 1960s Oxfam began to highlight the need in many countries for long-term development work to address the causes of poverty. It played a leading role in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's 'Freedom from Hunger' campaign, launched in the U.K. in 1962, which aimed to combat food shortages, not by giving food aid but by enabling people to grow enough to feed themselves. Oxfam's grants to local agencies for work in areas such as agriculture and public health increased throughout the decade. By the early 1970s, it was supporting 800 projects involving local communities, overseen by eleven Field Directors based in the countries concerned. Public education, campaigning and advocacy on issues affecting poor people also became a major focus for the organization at this time.

Today, advocacy and campaigning, development work to help poor people work their own way out of poverty, and humanitarian work in emergencies, assisting those immediately affected by conflict and natural disasters, remain the basis of Oxfam's programme. As a major, international non-governmental organization, Oxfam is a world leading expert in public health in emergencies. In 1962, Oxfam was launched in Canada. Other Oxfams followed, in America, Belgium and elsewhere. Oxfam International, a confederation of non-governmental organizations, was formed in 1995. Oxfam GB, the organization founded in Oxford in 1942, and other national Oxfams are members of Oxfam International.

For further information please see M Black, A Cause for our Times: Oxfam - the first 50 years (Oxfam and Oxford University Press, 1992).

Appeals and fundraising in Oxfam

The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief's first appeal, ‘Greek Week’, was launched in Oxford in 1943 and raised £12,700 for the Greek Red Cross, including £2,300 from a temporary gift shop. Following the end of the Second World War, the Committee collected food and clothing parcels and donations of cash for the war-affected in Europe. An office acquired in Broad Street, Oxford, in 1947 became the collection point for donations and the following year, the organisation's first permanent shop opened on the ground floor of the premises, selling donated goods to raise money for those in distress.

In 1946 the Committee branched out into national press advertising with an appeal for funds in The Times, a pioneering step at a time in which professional marketing techniques were rarely applied to charity fundraising. In subsequent years the charity would become known for its hard-hitting, and often controversial, use of advertising.

Oxfam's involvement in the U.N.'s World Refugee Year in 1959-60 and the media spotlight on famine in the Congo in 1961 led to an increase in national profile and in donations for the charity. In 1960 it launched its first regular giving scheme, 'Pledged Gifts', which, four years later, had 26,000 collectors raising money from neighbours and workmates. The organisation was a founder member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in 1963, which enabled it to launch group appeals with other UK charities during times of humanitarian crisis.

The 1960s and 1970s saw an increasing focus on local and regional fundraising for Oxfam, both through the growing popularity of sponsored events such as walks and the expanding network of volunteer-run shops, which had reached 600 by 1975. Oxfam oversaw its local fundraising through a management structure of Area and Regional staff, which came under the remit of the Regions Department, later Division, and from the mid-1970s, the Home Division Directorate. Although the main emphasis was on fundraising, from the late 1970s the structure also encompassed local campaign groups. Further materials relating to the work of the Areas and Regions can be found in the Catalogue of records produced by Oxfam's campaign function, MS. Oxfam CPN.

Also in 1975, the co-funding of Oxfam projects by the British Government's Overseas Development Administration (ODA) and its successors started, soon followed by similar co-funding from the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) and its successors.

Public outcry following the Cambodia emergency (1979-1980) and famine in Ethiopia (1984-1985) underpinned a further rise in support for and donations to Oxfam. The 1980s saw the advent of computerised mailings lists and an increased interest in market research as a way of determining fundraising practice in Oxfam. In the 1990s, a change in the law on charity advertising saw Oxfam become the first charity to regularly advertise on television, seeking a low-value (£2 a month "or as much as you can afford"), regular, donation from new donors.

Scope and Content

This record group contains records of Oxfam GB (formerly Oxfam and Oxfam UK/I) only.

The catalogue describes records generated by Oxfam's appeals and fundraising work, including reports relating to market research, correspondence and publicity materials relating to fundraising with the public and correspondence and papers relating to funding from trusts and international donors.

It also describes records generated by the Regions Department, later Division, and from the mid-1970s, the Home Division Directorate, mainly pertaining to fundraising through shops and other initiatives.

Arrangement

Oxfam's functions have remained fairly constant over many years, but a number of organizational restructurings have resulted in functions being transferred between departments and teams. To preserve continuity, records have been arranged according to function (in this case, appeals and fundraising) rather than department or team.

The arrangement reflects the original filing system where that is apparent, and is usually chronological. Original file titles, where they exist, are given in inverted commas preceding descriptions. Titles of reports are also given in inverted commas.

Restrictions on Access

Material of a sensitive personal or corporate nature is closed. Restricted material is indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition

Oxfam donated its archive to the Bodleian Library in 2012.

Related Material

Bodleian Library catalogues of materials relating to other Oxfam functions are available. These are Communications (Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam COM), Campaigns (Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam CPN), Donated Collections (Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam DON), Programme Policy, Management and Administration (Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam PRG), Project Files (Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam PRF) and Publishing (Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam PUB).

Projects which had both a fundraising element and a campaigning element have been catalogued in the Appeals and Fundraising or Campaigns catalogue according to which was felt to be the main objective of the project, although in some cases, there is crossover and there may be relevant material in both catalogues, for example appeals run with the BBC children's television programme Blue Peter.

Further materials relating to work in the Areas and Regions can be found in the Catalogue of records produced by Oxfam's campaign function.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, where available, e.g. MS. Oxfam APL/1/1/1, fol. 1].

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Oxfam GB

Subject(s)

20th century
21st century
Charities -- Great Britain
Non-governmental organizations

A   Appeals and Fundraising Policy 1964-2007

A.1   Appeals and Fundraising Committees 1964-1993

Scope and Content

The Appeals Committee started work on 1 January 1975 and consisted of: the Home Division Director (Chairman), the Director, the Deputy Director, the Finance Director, the Appeals Manager, a representative of the Communications Division (initially Peter Stalker) and a representative of the Overseas Aid Division (initially Adrian Moyes).

It was to meet in alternate months and its terms of reference were to review and coordinate appeals, to assist and monitor the work of the Appeals Manager, to consider appeals budgets and to monitor appeals and fundraising performance.

The Fundraising Committee held its first informal meeting on 7 Dec 1989. It was stood down as part of governance reforms in 1993.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/2/1/1

Minutes of meetings of the Appeals Committee, the Fund Raising Review Committee and the Fundraising Committee and related papers
Date: Dec 1964-Jan 1993
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.2   Market Research 1965-2007

Scope and Content

Comprises market research reports from a reference series created by the Appeals Department (reports coded MR for 'Market Research' and later, AP for 'Appeals'), other market research reports that were not part of the MR/AP sequences, and a small amount of correspondence relating to market research. Only reports commissioned by Oxfam or relating to studies that Oxfam participated in have been kept.

Arrangement

The rationale behind the MR/AP coding systems created by the Appeals Department is unclear, although they appear to be mainly chronological and often thematic. Some reports were allocated a MR number and later received an AP number as well - these have been catalogued under their original MR number. Reports that only had an AP number have been catalogued under this number. Reports that had neither an MR or an AP number have been catalogued chronologically at the end of the series.


Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/1-46

Market Research Reports: MR1-2
Date: Jan 1973-Sep 1987
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR3
Date: Sep-Nov 1986
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR3-4
Date: Dec 1986-Nov 1987
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR5-6
Date: Feb 1987-Dec 1988 and n.d. [c.1987]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR7-9
Date: Feb 1989-Nov 1991 and n.d. [1989, 1990]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR9-10
Date: Apr 1990-Dec 1992 and n.d. [c.1992]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR11
Date: 1981-Sep 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR12-15
Date: Oct 1988-Jan 1991
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR15-MR16
Date: 1989-1991
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR17-19
Date: Feb 1989-Jul 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Organizational history

The Oxfam Resolution was produced as part of Oxfam's 50th anniversary 'It's Time for a Fairer World' campaign in 1992, and was tied in with its 50th anniversary appeals. It was a statement of Oxfam's position on poverty and inequality and a call for change, which existing and new supporters, including some celebrities, were encouraged to sign.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR23-24
Date: Jul 1991-Aug 1993 and n.d. [c.1991]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR25-27
Date: Jun 1992-Sep 1993 and n.d. [c.1992]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR28-30, MR32-33 and MR35-36
Date: Apr 1989-Feb 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR39-MR40
Date: Apr-May 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR41-43
Date: 1993-Jul 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR44-47
Date: Jul-Nov 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR48-72
Date: 1985-Dec 1994 and n.d. [c.1993]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Organizational history

The British Overseas Aid Group (BOAG) is an umbrella agency comprising Oxfam, ActionAid, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Save the Children Fund and Christian Aid.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Market Research Reports: MR80-89
Date: Jan 1990-Feb 1995 and n.d. [1993,1994]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Organizational History

The Third World and Environment Broadcasting Project was formed by voluntary agencies in 1989 to discuss a common response to the Government White Paper on Broadcasting, after concern that the plans represented a threat to the coverage of international issues on television and radio. The project was funded by voluntary agencies and by 1993 had the support of more than 50 agencies, including Oxfam.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR90-97
Date: Mar-Apr 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR98-100
Date: Apr-Aug 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR101-102
Date: Dec 1994-Aug 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/21
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR103-108
Date: Dec 1993-Oct 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR109-115
Date: Sep 1995-Feb 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR117-124
Date: Sep 1995-Jul 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR125
Date: Oct 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

comprising the following reports by The Gallup Organization:

Market Research Reports: MR125
Date: Oct 1997 and n.d. [c.1997]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: MR127-139
Date: Dec 1985-Apr 1997 and n.d. [c.1997]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports AP5-14
Date: Oct 1989-Sep 1991
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/28
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP15-21
Date: Jan-Jun 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/29
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP22-34
Date: Oct 1992-Sep 1993 and n.d. [c.1993]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/30
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP41-47
Date: Feb-Dec 1994 and n.d. [c.1994]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/31
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP53-59
Date: Apr-Sep 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/32
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP60-64
Date: Sep-Nov 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP66-71
Date: Jun 1996-Feb 1997
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/34
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP72-75
Date: Mar-Oct 1997
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/35
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports: AP78-89
Date: Mar 1998-Apr 1999 and n.d. [c.1997]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/36
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports
Date: May 1965-Aug 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/37
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports
Date: Dec 1993-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/38
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports
Date: Sep 2002-Jan 2006 and n.d. [c.2006]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/39
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports
Date: May 2006-May 2007 and n.d. [c.2007]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/40
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports relating to fundraising in India
Date: Dec 1991-Jun 1992 and n.d. [early 1990s and c.1992]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/41
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Market Research Reports relating to fundraising in India
Date: Jul-Aug 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Comprising:

'Fundratios' reports and related correspondence
Date: 1991-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Biographical/Historical

'Fundratios' was a charity fundraising benchmarking project run by the Centre for Interfirm Comparison


Scope and Content

Comprises:

'Fundratios' reports
Date: 1998-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Biographical/Historical

'Fundratios' was a charity fundraising benchmarking project run by the Centre for Interfirm Comparison


Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of Michael Barrett, Fundraising Division, relating to market research
Date: Sep 1985-Nov 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/45
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of Peter Smith, Research Department, relating to market research
Date: Jun 1993-Jun 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/2/46
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Comprises correspondence relating to various pieces of market research carried out for Oxfam, including a copy of the report 'Marketshare. Total income and voluntary income 1985/86-1994/95', Jun 1996

A.3   Correspondence relating to appeals and fundraising policy and strategy 1964-1996

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/2/3/1-4

Correspondence relating to appeals and fundraising policy and strategy
Date: Jan 1964-Jul 1980
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of Michael Barrett, Fundraising Division, relating to appeals and fundraising policy and strategy
Date: Jun 1988-May 1991 and n.d. [c.1984-1988]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/3/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of Simon Collings [?Head of Research] relating to strategic planning for the Marketing Division
Date: Jan 1991-Jan 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/3/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Organizational history

In 1992 the Public Affairs and Communications Services (PACS) division merged with the Central Fundraising division, to form a new Marketing division


Correspondence and papers of John Whitaker [Marketing Director] relating to appeals and fundraising strategic planning
Date: Oct 1992-Oct 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/3/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.4   Policy and strategy reports and papers 1974-1997

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/2/4/1

Policy and strategy reports and papers
Date: May 1974-Aug 1997 and n.d. [c.1990, 1997]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/2/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B   Records relating to fundraising with the public 1943-2014

B.1   Advertisements 1943-2008

Scope and Content

Comprising cuttings of advertisements appearing in the press, as well as a small number of advertising proofs

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/1-7

Press advertisements and related papers
Date: 1943-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Including 'Results of Advertising', 1 Jan-30 Jun 1958 and 1 Jul-31 Dec 1958

Press advertisements
Date: 1964-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Press advertisements
Date: 1969-1970 and n.d. [c.1970]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Press advertisements
Date: 1971-1977 and n.d. [c.1975]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Press advertisements
Date: 1978-1983
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Press advertisements
Date: 1984-1993, 2002-2003, 2006-2008 and n.d. [c.1940s-2000s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (12 folders)

Mock-ups for press advertisements
Date: 1965-1972 and n.d. [1960s-1970s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/1/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

B.2   Clothing appeals 1949-1980 and n.d. [late 1940s-1980s]

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/2/1-2

Correspondence and papers relating to clothing appeals and knitting for Oxfam
Date: Oct 1949-Aug 1952 and Oct 1975-Apr 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Biographical/Historical

Folders 1-5 were created by an Oxfam volunteer from material found in the basement of Oxfam House, Banbury Road, Oxford, prior to the transferral of the archive to the Bodleian Library.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

materials relating to appeals for blankets and clothing, and patterns for knitting blankets and children's tops for Oxfam
Date: 1967-1980 and n.d. [c.late 1940s-1980s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

B.3   Broadcast appeals 1950-1964

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/3/1

Correspondence and papers relating to broadcast appeals
Date: Jul 1950-May 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Biographical/Historical

Folders 1 and 2 were created by an Oxfam volunteer from a sample of material found in the basement of Oxfam House, Banbury Road, Oxford, prior to the transferral of the archive to the Bodleian Library.


Scope and Content

Comprising:

B.4   Collections 1958-2014

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/4/1-4

Collecting envelopes
Date: 1958-2001 and n.d. [1970s-1990s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English

Scope and Content

Comprising collecting envelopes for emergency appeals, 'Oxfam Week' and other appeals

Collecting boxes and other collecting devices
Date: 1963-2014 and n.d. [early 1960s-1980s?]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/4/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Collecting boxes
Date: 1964-1966 and n.d. [early-mid 1960s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/4/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprising ready-assembled versions of Family Boxes, 1964-1966, and another cardboard collecting box intended for home or supporter use, n.d. [early-mid 1960s]

'Oxfam Week' materials
Date: 1969-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/4/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprising materials relating to 'Oxfam Week' collections including collecting boxes, guides and leaflets

Related Material

Reports and evaluations of Oxfam Week 1991, 1994 and 1995, produced by Campaigns staff, can be found in the catalogue of records produced by Oxfam's campaign function at MS. Oxfam CPN/5/1 and MS. Oxfam CPN/5/2.


B.5   Regular giving schemes 1960-2007 and n.d. [1950s-c.2010]

Organizational history

'Pledged Gifts', Oxfam's first regular giving scheme, launched in 1959, the brainchild of Richard Exley [Appeals Officer]. The scheme recruited Pledged Gift collectors, who gave out cards and stamps to a circle of donors, usually their neighbours or workmates, who gave a small, monthly donation, in return for a newsletter.


Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/5/1-4

Correspondence of Richard Matanle, Regions Director, and John Wallace, Home Division Director, relating to 'Pledged Gifts'
Date: Feb 1965-Oct 1976 and n.d. [c.1967]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/5/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Contains:

'Pledged Gifts' reports and materials
Date: Oct 1961-1978 and n.d. [1950s-1980s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/5/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

'Pledged Gifts' newsletters
Date: 1960-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/5/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Newsletters produced for members of Oxfam's 'Pledged Gifts' regular giving scheme. The series is incomplete. Comprises:

Materials relating to regular giving schemes
Date: 1965-2007 and n.d. [c.1960-2010]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/5/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (11 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.6   Appeals mailings 1950-2011

Scope and Content

Appeals mailings were sent to potential or former donors as a request for funds, often connected with a particular need or issue. The mailings typically contained a letter and donation form and sometimes, information leaflets, newsletters and/or small gifts as an incentive to give.

Some mailings are accompanied by related internal papers, such as correspondence, reports and analysis, often relating to the impact of the mailing.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/1-23

Correspondence relating to written appeals
Date: May 1950-Dec 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1964-1975
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1976-1980
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1981-1982
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1981-1983
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1984-1985
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1986-1988
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1989
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1990
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1991
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1992-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1995-1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1997
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1998
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 1999
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 2000
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 2001
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 2002
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 2003, 2005
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 2006-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/21
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: 2008-2011
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/6/22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals mailings
Date: n.d. [1980s?-early 2000s?]
Shelfmark: MS Oxfam APL/3/6/23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Including a mailing from Frank Judd, the Director, relating to Girobank's Oxfam Visa Card, n.d. [mid-late 1980s]

B.7   Specific appeals 1947-2010

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/7/1-5

Correspondence relating to specific appeals
Date: Oct 1947-Oct 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/7/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence relating to specific appeals
Date: Apr 1950-Jan 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/7/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Publicity materials, reports and associated papers relating to specific appeals
Date: 1949-2010 and n.d. [c.late 1940s-2008]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/7/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (9 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of Sam Clarke [Fundraising Director] relating to a proposed appeals leaflet targeting teachers, including the report 'Teachers against poverty. Initial suggestions for a promotional approach' by Christopher J. Marshall for Catalyst, Sep 1985
Date: Jul 1985-Jun 1986 and n.d. [c.1985]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/7/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Correspondence, reports and related papers of John Whitaker, Marketing Director, later Deputy Director, concerning specific appeals
Date: Nov 1992-Nov 1995 and n.d. [c.1992-1994]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/7/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.8   Sponsored events and activities 1966-2011 and n.d. [1960s-2000s]

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/8/1

Materials relating to sponsored events and activities
Date: 1966-2011 and n.d. [1960s-2000s]
Shelfmark: MS.Oxfam APL/3/8/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.9   Fundraising events and activities 1954-2009

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/9/1-5

Publicity materials relating to fundraising events
Date: 1954-2009 and n.d. [1960s-2005]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/9/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box, 10 folders

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence relating to fundraising events
Date: Apr 1978-Sep 1994 and n.d. [early 1990s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/9/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (9 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Publicity materials relating to Oxfam's 50th anniversary fundraising events
Date: 1991-1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/9/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Publicity materials and fashion design drawings relating to 'Shocking Pink is the Navy Blue of India'
Date: 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/9/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (14 folders)

Organizational history

The event comprised a dinner, international fashion show and auction and took place on 24th February 1992.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

Publicity materials and fashion design drawings relating to 'Shocking Pink is the Navy Blue of India'
Date: 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/9/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Organizational history

The event comprised a dinner, international fashion show and auction and took place on 24th February 1992.


Scope and Content

Comprises fashion design drawings and related papers from Jasper Conran, Moschino, Paul Smith, Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, Helen Storey and Zandra Rhodes, plus a list of 'Shocking Pink designer creations on sale this evening'.

B.10   Covenants and Gift Aid 1960-1999 and n.d. [c.1959-2000s]

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/10/1

Materials relating to covenants and Gift Aid
Date: 1960-1999 and n.d. [c.1959-2000s]
Shelfmark: MS.Oxfam APL/3/10/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.11   Legacies and insurance schemes 1965-2002 and n.d. [c.1960s-2009]

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/11/1

Materials relating to legacies and insurance schemes
Date: 1965-2002 and n.d. [c.1960s-2009]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/11/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.12   Stamp books featuring Oxfam appeals 1961-1972

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/12/1

Stamp books featuring advertisements for Oxfam appeals
Date: 1961-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/12/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

B.13   Appeals and fundraising slide sets 1982-1992

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/13/1

Appeals and fundraising slide sets
Date: 1982-1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/13/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.14   General appeals and fundraising publicity materials 1957-2001 and n.d. [c.1950s-2000s]

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/14/1

General appeals and fundaising publicity materials
Date: 1957-2001 and n.d. [c.1950s-2000s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/14/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.15   Catalogues 2004-2009 and n.d. [c.2000s]

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/3/15/1

Gift catalogues for Oxfam Unwrapped
Date: 2004-2009 and n.d. [c.2000s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/3/15/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Organizational history

'Oxfam Unwrapped' encouraged shoppers to make a donation for a charity gift such as bicycles for health workers in Malawi, or a goat for a needy family, as presents for their own family and friends.


C   Records relating to fundraising from major donors 1963-2008

C.1   Correspondence of the Major Donors and Trusts team, Project Support Office, and predecessors, relating to fundraising from major donors 1980-2006

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/1-16

Correspondence with major donors: The Baring Foundation
Date: Jan 1984-Nov 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


Correspondence with major donors: The Baring Foundation
Date: Feb 1992-Oct 2000
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Use:

Closed.



Correspondence with major donors: Afghan Relief
Date: Sep 1989-Dec 2001
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence with major donors: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Staff Fund, the National Lottery Charities Board (NLCB)
Date: Nov 1991-Apr 1998
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Correspondence with major donors: the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, The Scurrah Wainwright Charity
Date: Apr 1997-Jun 2000
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Correspondence with major donors: The Scurrah Wainwright Charity
Date: Nov 1998-Jun 2001
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Correspondence with major donors: Third World Trust
Date: May 1987-Apr 1999
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


Correspondence with major donors: general correspondence with Comic Relief
Date: Oct 1985-Jul 1987
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises: 'Comic Relief, Vol. 1'

Correspondence with major donors: general correspondence with Comic Relief
Date: Jul 1987-Apr 1988
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


Correspondence with major donors: general correspondence with Comic Relief
Date: May 1987-Dec 1989
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence with major donors: general correspondence with Comic Relief
Date: Nov 1992-Oct 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Correspondence relating to projects funded by major donors
Date: Oct 1980-Jul 2003 and n.d. [early 1980s-c.2000]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Related Material

Further material relating to 'On the Line' projects can be found in the catalogue of records produced by Oxfam's development education function, MS. Oxfam DEV.


Correspondence relating to projects funded by major donors
Date: Jan 1999-Jan 2005
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Related Material

Further material relating to 'On the Line' projects can be found in the catalogue of records produced by Oxfam's development education function, MS. Oxfam DEV.


Correspondence relating to projects funded by major donors
Date: Jan 2000-Jul 2006
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


Correspondence relating to projects funded by major donors
Date: Jan 2002-May 2006 and n.d. [c.2002-2003]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers relating to the funding of Oxfam's UK Poverty Programme (UKPP) by major donors and trusts
Date: May 1994-Nov 1999
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/1/16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


C.2   Reports and papers relating to fundraising from major donors 1980-2002

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL 4/2/1

Major donors reports
Date: May 1980-2002 and n.d. [c.1991, 1992]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

C.3   Materials relating to fundraising from major donors 1963-2008 and n.d. [early 1960s-c.2008]

Scope and Content

Comprising fundraising materials produced for fundraising from major donors, rather than from the general public.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/4/3/1-2

Materials relating to fundraising from major donors
Date: 1963-2008 and n.d [early 1960s-c.2008]
Shelfmark: MS.Oxfam APL/4/3/1

Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Trusts Unit and Corporate Partnerships Team institutional mailings
Date: 1988-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/3/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

C.4   Trusts income sheets 1975-1993

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/4/4/1

Trusts income sheets
Date: 1975-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/4/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D   Records relating to fundraising from international donors 1973-2004 and n.d. [c.1991-2008]

D.1   Correspondence relating to fundraising from international donors 1973-2004

D.1.1   Correspondence relating to funding from the Department for International Development (DfID) and its predecessors 1973-2004

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/1-7

Correspondence of the Field Secretaries relating to funding from the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) and Ministry for Overseas Development (ODM)
Date: Nov 1976-Jul 1982
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Project Funding Secretaries and Co-funding Unit relating to funding from the Overseas Development Administration (ODA)
Date: Jan 1973-May 1992 and n.d. [c.1981-1992]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of Diana Stokes, Co-Funding Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, relating to funding from the Overseas Development Administration (ODA)
Date: Apr 1975-May 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (8 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Co-funding Unit relating to funding from the Overseas Development Administration (ODA)
Date: Apr 1975-Nov 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


Lists of Overseas Development Administration (ODA) Co-funded projects
Date: 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the International Funding Unit (IFU) relating to funding from the Department for International Development (DfID) and its predecessors
Date: Apr 1975-Feb 2004
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Institutional Donors team, the ODA Funding team and others, relating to evaluations of projects funded by the Overseas Development Agency (ODA) and the Department for International Development (DfID)
Date: Mar 1993-Aug 1997 and n.d. [1995, 1997]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/1/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D.1.2   Correspondence with, or relating to, funding received from the European Union (EU) and its predecessors 1978-2000

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/2/1-3

Correspondence of the Project Funding Secretaries and International Funding Unit (IFU) relating to funding from the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) and European Union (EU)
Date: Jan 1978-Apr 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Project Funding Secretaries and Cofunding Unit relating to funding from the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region
Date: Feb 1980-May 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the International Funding Unit (IFU) relating to funding from the European Union (EU)
Date: Apr 1989-Feb 2000
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/2/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D.1.3   Correspondence relating to international donors 1989-1994

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/3/1

Correspondence of the Co-funding Unit and International Funding Unit (IFU) relating to international donors
Date: Jul 1989-May 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/1/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


D.2   Project and contract files for projects funded by international donors 1984-2002

Custodial History:

A sample of files was selected for preservation at Oxfam, prior to the transfer of the archive to the Bodleian Library, where the project was considered particularly significant and/or the equivalent Desk/International Division Directorate project file was thin.


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MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/1-8

International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1984-1989 and n.d. [c.1986-1988]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1987-1996 and n.d. [c.1989-early 1990s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (14 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Some material is closed.


International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1991-1995 and n.d. [c.1991]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1994-1996
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1995-1998
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1996-1999
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Comprises 'SDE 727 *7 / SDE 728 *7', relating to the Red Sea State Emergency Feeding Programme, 1996-1999

International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 1997-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

International Funding Unit (IFU) project / contract files
Date: 2000-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/2/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D.3   Procedures and guidelines for funding from international donors 1996-2003 and n.d. [c.1991-2003]

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MS. Oxfam APL/5/3/1

Procedures and guidelines for funding from international donors
Date: 1996-2003 and n.d. [c.1991-2003]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D.4   Reports relating to funding from international donors 1992-1997 and n.d. [c.1994-2008]

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MS. Oxfam APL/5/4/1

Reports relating to funding from international donors
Date: Sep 1992-Jul 1997 and n.d. [c.1994-2008]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/5/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

E   Fundraising procedures and guidelines 1967-1996

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MS. Oxfam APL/6/1


Fundraising procedures and guidelines
Date: 1967-1996 and n.d.[1970s-early 2000s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/6/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

F   Appeals and fundraising artefacts 1946-2006

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MS. Oxfam APL/7/1-4


Appeals and fundraising artefacts
Date: 1946-2006 and n.d. [c.1955-2006]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/7/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Collecting box
Date: n.d. [1950s-1960s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/7/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

'Oxford Committee for Famine Relief' coin collecting box, featuring a figurine of a boy with an empty food bowl and spoon

Collecting boxes
Date: n.d. [1960s-2005]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/7/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Appeals and fundraising T-shirts
Date: 1969 and n.d. [1970s-1990s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/7/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

G   Appeals and fundraising films 1963-1976 and n.d. [1960s]

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MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/1-6


16mm Film: Mrs. Humphries goes to Africa
Date: 1963-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 reel

Scope and Content

An account of an Oxfam Pledged Gift collector's trip to Africa to see how the money is spent. Stella Humphries visits an African village in Sierra Leone. The local hospital is the main focus of the film but a literacy centre, local dances, and mealtimes are also filmed. Stella Humphries tries to encourage others to help Oxfam by becoming Pledged Gift collectors.

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


16mm Film: Inspector Barlow: Oxfam Appeal
Date: n.d. [c.1965]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 reel

Scope and Content

A fundraising appeal showing the need for an organization like Oxfam, featuring 'Inspector Barlow', a character from the popular BBC police series 'Z Cars', played by Stratford Johns.

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


16mm Film: The New Co-operators
Date: 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 reel

Scope and Content

Made for a joint Oxfam and Co-op campaign, the film tells of the origins of the Co-operative Movement in this country during the 19th century. Oxfam and the Co-operative Movement are working to raise £30,000 which will be used to set up four new consumer cooperatives in Bechuanaland. The film features the fundraising efforts made by various groups in and around Birmingham, which include a girls' football competition, a Woodcraft group puppet show, a Co-operative department store sales assistants' fashion show, and a Co-op Womens' Guild talk given by Elizabeth Stamp of Oxfam.

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


16mm Film: Bamber Gascoigne
Date: n.d. [1960s]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 reel

Scope and Content

An illustration of Oxfam's work, which explains the need for organisations like Oxfam and encourages people to give money, featuring television presenter Bamber Gascoigne.

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


16mm Film: From One to Another
Date: 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 reel

Scope and Content

A promotional film showing the value of small regular contributions to Oxfam's aid programme. Volunteers from various walks of life explain how and why they collect for Oxfam's Pledged Gift Scheme, and Benny Hill gives comic examples of how not to go about it.

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


16mm Film: Appeal Oxfam
Date: 1976
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/8/1/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 reel

Restrictions on Access:

Closed.


H   Correspondence and papers of the Regions Department, later Division, and the Home Division Directorate, mainly relating to fundraising 1963-1983

Organizational history

Following the appointment of its first Regional Organisers in 1959, Oxfam built up a structure of regional staff throughout the U.K., as part of a Regions Department, later Division, reporting to a Regions Director in Oxford. Organisers supported local groups of Oxfam supporters in fundraising through shops and other initiatives.

'Regions' were grouped into 'Areas' in 1965, with the appointment of Area Coordinators or Organisers - Area Directors from 1969. Responsibility for the work of Area and Regional staff was transferred to the new Home Division in 1974.

In the late 1970s this Area structure was the basis for an expanded network of regional campaigners and supporters as part of Oxfam's 'Move Against Poverty' campaign.


H.1   Correspondence with Area and Regional staff relating to management and operations 1963-1982

H.1.1   Individual Organisers and Directors and the London Committee for Oxfam 1968-1977

Organizational history

The London Committee for Oxfam was a voluntary fundraising group working in cooperation with the London regional structure.


Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/1/1-5

Correspondence of the Regions Director with Regional Organisers, and related papers
Date: Sep 1968-Jan 1972 and n.d. [c.1970-1971]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Regions Director with Regional Organisers, and related papers
Date: Nov 1968-Dec 1971 and n.d. [c.1969]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/1/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director with Area Directors, and related papers
Date: Jan 1971-Dec 1975
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/1/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director with Area Directors, and related papers
Date: Aug 1974-Dec 1975 and n.d. [1975]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/1/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director with the London Committee for Oxfam and with Robin Sharp, Central London Organiser, later a member of Oxfam's Public Affairs Unit, and related papers
Date: Jun 1971-Oct 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/1/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.1.2   Regional development and restructuring 1965-1982

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MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/2/1-2

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director relating to Regional development
Date: May 1965-Jun 1978 and n.d. [c.1967]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (8 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of John Wallace, Home Division Director, relating to the restructuring of Oxfam's U.K. operations, in particular the separation of shops and campaigns
Date: Jan 1979-Jun 1982 and n.d. [c.1977-1980]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.1.3   Regional events and fundraising initiatives 1963-1977

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/3/1-3

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Director relating to Regional events and fundraising initiatives
Date: Dec 1963-Mar 1968 and n.d. [1964-1967]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Director relating to Regional events and fundraising initiatives
Date: Mar 1967-Dec 1972
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/3/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director relating to 'campaigns' to raise awareness of Oxfam and its work, to attract supporters, and to appeal for funds
Date: Aug 1974-Jan 1977 and n.d. [1976]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/3/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.1.4   Shops and retail 1965-1982

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MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/4/1-5

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Department and the Home Division Director relating to shops
Date: Feb 1965-Oct 1978
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence of the Home Division Director with the Shops Unit, and related papers
Date: Feb 1975-Nov 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/4/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Organizational history

A National Shops Unit was created within the Home Division in 1974 in a consultancy role. It had no direct management responsibility for shops, but offered services including advice on properties and layout and design of shops, and training for staff and volunteers. Leslie Durham was Shop Service Manager, later Shops Trading Adviser.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of the Home Division Director relating to the work of the National Shops Strategic Planning Committee
Date: Sep 1975-Apr 1977 and n.d. [c.1977]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/4/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director relating to shops
Date: Dec 1972-Mar 1982
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/4/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of the Regions Director and the Home Division Director relating to shops and retail
Date: Mar 1965-Jan 1982 and n.d. [1971]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/1/4/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Organizational history

Oxfam Activities Ltd. was incorporated in Dec 1964 as a wholly-owned trading subsidiary of Oxfam 'to promote the sale of Christmas cards in aid of Oxfam and to purchase native-made handicrafts from the emergent countries for sale in Oxfam Gift Shops'.

In 1975, Oxfam Activities expanded to include 'Wastesaver', a recycling operation based in Huddersfield, where waste materials were collected and processed, to be sold for the benefit of Oxfam.


Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.2   Circulars to Regions 1965-1983

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/1-6

Circulars to Regional staff and related papers
Date: Mar 1965-Nov 1971 and n.d. [c.1967]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Circulars to Regional staff and related papers
Date: Feb 1970-Nov 1972 and n.d. [1971]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

'Circulars to R[egional] O[rganiser]s', many also addressed to Area Directors
Date: Sep 1972-Jun 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

'Circulars to R[egional] O[rganiser]s', many also addressed to Area Directors
Date: Jul-Dec 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Circulars to Regional staff and related papers
Date: Jan 1974-Dec 1981
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Circulars to Regional and other Home Division staff and related papers
Date: Jan-Dec 1983
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/2/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.3   Minutes of meetings and related papers 1966-1981

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/9/3/1-5

Minutes of meetings of the Regions Director and his staff and related papers
Date: Jan 1968-Dec 1972
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Minutes of meetings of Area Directors, from Jan 1975 as part of the Home Division Committee, and related papers
Date: Dec 1973-Jul 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/3/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Minutes of meetings of Area staff and related papers
Date: Jan 1966-Dec 1971 and n.d. [1969]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/3/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Minutes of meetings and related papers
Date: Jan 1972-Aug 1978
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/3/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Minutes of meetings and related papers
Date: Mar 1975-Oct 1981
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/3/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.4   Income and expenditure 1966-1977

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/9/4/1-3

Papers relating to Regional and other income and financial reporting
Date: Oct 1966-Dec 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Papers relating to Regional and other income and financial reporting
Date: Sep 1968-Apr 1976
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/4/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Papers relating to Regional and other income and financial reporting
Date: Apr 1973-Jul 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/4/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.5   Conferences 1969-1970

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Oxfam APL/9/5/1

Correspondence and papers relating to Regional Organisers' conferences
Date: Mar 1969-Apr 1970 and n.d. [1969-1970]
Shelfmark: MS. Oxfam APL/9/5/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:


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