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History of Art - Visual Resources Centre: Beal Collection

Beal Collection

This collection of approximately 12,000 postcards was presented to the Department by Dr. James Beal circa 1972. Dr. Beal, a retired dentist and silver collector, amassed the postcards over many years.

The archive comprises of 26 catalogue drawers, it is carefully sorted but there is no master list. The contents are included in the Thematic Index for the Photographic Archive.


The Visual Resources Centre is open

Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

If you would like to view the collections or have a question related to the resources please email the Visual Resources Assistant Francesca Issatt at

01865 286839

History of Art Department
University of Oxford
Suite 9, Littlegate House
St Ebbe’s, Oxford
OX1 1PT, United Kingdom