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Using the Archives

The Archives contains the non-current administrative records of the University that are worthy of permanent preservation.

About the Collection

The collection dates from the establishment of the University in 1874 and includes University Council and committee minutes, Elder Conservatorium records, early student and staff records, as well as a number of private donations that provide an insight into life at the University. There are also records from student clubs and societies and related institutions including:

  • Roseworthy Agricultural College
  • Waite Agricultural Research Institute
  • Adelaide Teachers College
  • the South Australian College of Advanced Education.

Rare Books & Special Collections

The Barr Smith Library's Rare Books & Special Collections houses personal papers of members of the academic staff, graduates, benefactors and other individuals and organisations associated with the University of Adelaide.

Information for Researchers

The University Archives is open to all University staff, students and the general public. An appointment is required to access the collection. The University Archives is staffed on a full time basis Monday - Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Records older than 30 years are generally available to the public. However, some access restrictions apply due to provisions of the University Privacy Policy, restrictions on private deposit items or the fragile nature of the records.

If you are a potential researcher:


Level 4, Barr Smith Library North 
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


Telephone: +61 8 8313 5334
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 3417
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