Booker Prize Archive

The Library became the permanent home of the Booker Prize Archive in 2003.

Booker materials in a display case

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is an annual prize open to any novel from the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland. The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969, it became the Man Booker Prize in 2002. Past winners include V S Naipaul, Iris Murdoch, William Golding, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, Arundhati Roy, Ian McEwan and John Banville. Further information about the Prize can be found on the Man Booker Prize website.

The Archive, which encompasses the administrative history of the Prize from 1968 to date, collects together a diverse range of material, including correspondence, publicity material, copies of both the Longlists and the Shortlists, minutes of meetings, photographs and material relating to the awards dinner (letters of invitation, guest lists, seating plans). Embargoes of ten or twenty years apply to certain categories of material, examples include all material relating to the judging process and the Longlist prior to 2002.

First Chapter Series

Items from the Archive were included in the exhibition 'The Booker 40 at the V&A' which ran from 6 September 2008 to 17 May 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Booker Prize.

Online Archive Catalogue records exist for material from 1968 - present. The Archive is available for consultation.

Complementary material held by the Library includes manuscripts donated by the family of inaugural Prize Winner P.H. Newby and the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) donated by Oak Tree Fine Press.


For further information, please contact:

Chris Fowler
University Library
Oxford Brookes University
Gipsy Lane
Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel: 44-(0)1865 483138
Fax: 44-(0)1865 483998


To search the book collections, use the Library catalogue.

To search the archive collections, use the Archive catalogue.

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