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 & manuscripts

The Barr Smith Library's rare books & manuscripts 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:

  • Please contact us regarding access to the archives collection.
  • It is recommended you browse the archives database 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.