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Art and Architecture: Library collections

The Sackler Library is the premier research library for the study of art and architecture at the University of Oxford. It incorporates the libraries formerly housed at the History of Art Department and the Ashmolean Museum.


Clare Hills-Nova
Art & Architecture Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

Graham Piddock
Librarian in Charge, Sackler Library, Bodleian Libraries

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Edgar Wind's personal library, Belsyre Court

Above: Edgar Wind's personal library,
Belsyre Court, Oxford

Edgar Wind's library collections


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Edgar Wind portrait

   Edgar Marcel Wind
 Unknown photographer
© Warburg Institute, London

Edgar Wind's library collections

An assiduous bibliophile, Edgar Wind built two library collections whilst in Oxford. 

History of Art departmental library

The first library collection was assembled for the University’s newly-established (in 1955) Department of the History of Art on Beaumont Street, Oxford.  A shelf-list of books acquired during Wind's tenure as Professor of the History of Art at Oxford was complied (see box below).

This collection was transferred to the newly-created Wind Room at the Sackler Library (opened in 2001).

Personal library collection

The second library Wind created was his personal collection.

Reflecting his wide-ranging areas of interest, this collection of incunabula and more recent publications came to dominate his apartment at Belsyre Court, Oxford. 

Wind’s personal library remained with his widow, Margaret Wind, under whom it continued to grow. A list of titles held at Belsyre Court was completed in 1998 (see box below).

Mrs Wind bequeathed the collection to five Oxford libraries: the Sackler Library, the Taylor Institution Library, Trinity College Library, the Bodleian Library and the English Faculty Library.

Wind Room, Sackler Library, Bodleian Libraries

The Sackler Library's Wind Room houses, primarily, pre-1900 publications from the above two library collections as well as some more recently acquired titles.  Items housed in the Wind Room are available for consultation and may be requested at the Ground Floor Help Desk.
post-1900 titles are either housed with the Sackler's main collections or otherwise held offsite, from where they may be requested.

History of Art Deptartment library collection

Edgar Wind's personal library collection