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.
If you are a potential researcher:
- you are required to first complete an Application to access archives form and agree to abide by all conditions of access
- it is recommended you browse the Guide to the University of Adelaide Archives to discover more about the holdings and determine which records might assist in your research inquiry
- who wishes to use University Archives for published material, you may find the Citing the University Archives factsheet a useful reference
- who is interested in making your research topic available to a wider audience, you are welcome to enter details in our Research Register.