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Advisory Committee on Oriental Materials

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380592
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Advisory Committee on Oriental Materials
Date(s): 1982-1991
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Standing Committee on National and University Libraries | Advisory Committee on Oriental Materials


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Advisory Committee on Oriental Materials (ACOOM) was set up in 1980 as an advisory committee of the Standing Conference on National and University Libraries (SCONUL). The organisation acted as a discussion group for matters concerning libraries holding collections of Oriental material, largely university libraries (particularly Durham, Exeter, Cambridge, Hull, Oxford, and the School of Oriental and African Studies) and national libraries such as the various departments of the British Library relating to Oriental materials. ACOOM was formerly known as the SCONUL Group of Orientalist Libraries and in 1991 became the National Council on Orientalist Library Resources.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Advisory Committee on Oriental Materials (ACOOM), 1982-1991, comprising Committee minutes and papers, 1988-1991; Annual Meetings minutes, 1988-1991; correspondence, 1987-1990, including administrative matters; Chairman's working papers, 1988-1991, including administrative arrangements and policy; Officers' correspondence and papers, 1982-1989; miscellaneous papers, 1987-1989, including papers relating to rules concerning ACOOM administration, answers to a questionnaire relating to conservation facilities for Oriental materials, and papers relating to the Union Catalogue of Asian Publications. Subjects covered by the papers also include a project on romanization systems and the future of SCONUL.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in two batches by the Secretary and Chairman of ACOOM.

Allied Materials

Related material:

ACOOM papers predating these holdings and papers of its predecessors are retained at the University of Durham. University College London holds the main SCONUL papers.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2002

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