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Special Collections

The Library's special collections support particular areas of teaching, learning and research and contain rare, fragile, archival or culturally sensitive material. The collections have limited access conditions which vary according to the purpose and nature of each collection. The following guidelines will help you access these collections.

For further information about any of these collections contact Ask the Library or the Service Desk at the relevant Campus.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

This collection was created in consultation with local Aboriginal people. It contains racist, sexist, derogatory, abusive or offensively wrong materials as well as secret and sacred, dated, or other culturally-sensitive material. It has been separated from the main collection in order to prevent causing offence to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This has been in accordance with ATSILIRN Protocols (opens in new window). The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Collection includes relevant material from the Margaret Carnegie collection. It comprises some 1600 books, periodicals, art exhibition catalogues, correspondence and papers on Aboriginal and related issues, from Margaret Carnegie's personal collection.

Location

  • City West

Access

  • All items available through the Library Catalogue (opens in new window)
  • Any UniSA staff and students
  • 4 hour in Library use only
  • Can be borrowed for teaching purposes - longer loan period and across campuses
  • Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

Some of the material is very fragile. For this reason, access is at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services


Art

This collection covers a large range of art books. The collection contains rare and fragile titles, valuable limited editions, and books that may be considered offensive. Some of the titles are past student works.

Location

  • City West

Access

  • All items available through the Library Catalogue (opens in new window)
  • Any UniSA staff and students
  • 4 hour in Library use only
  • Can be borrowed for teaching purposes - longer loan period and across campuses
  • Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

Some of the material is very fragile. For this reason, access is at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services


Colin Thiele Research Collection

Colin Thiele [Image source: Unknown]The Colin Thiele Research Collection was added to the Library in 2000 incorporating donations from Colin Thiele as well as items from the Library's collections. The collection incorporates most of his written works as well as non-book material, including several pelicans. More information about Colin Thiele

Location

  • Mawson Lakes

Access

  • All items available through the Library Catalogue (opens in new window). These items can be identified as part of this Collection by the prefix CTC (please check carefully as some books are also available for loan at other campuses)
  • 4 hour in Library use only
  • By appointment only
  • Can be borrowed for teaching purposes - longer loan period and across campuses
Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

David Murray

The David Murray Collection contains published material produced by individuals and bodies associated with the University. The collection also includes works published by the University and about its activities. University higher degree theses are collected. The collection is named for Mr David Murray, an Adelaide philanthropist and politician who in 1903 donated funds to support the establishment of a library for the School of Mines, one of the predecessors of the University of South Australia.

Location

  • University Research Repository South Australia

Access

  • Request items using the Library Catalogue (opens in new window) (if item is also held at a campus, it is preferred that you place a Hold request on the campus copy)
  • The item will be sent to the campus nominated
  • In-library use only

Items are retrieved daily - expected turnaround time is 48 hours from placement of the request (weekends excepted)


de Lissa Association Collection

The Kindergarten Movement began in South Australia in 1905 and the Kindergarten Training College was established in 1907. Lillian de Lissa was head of the Kindergarten Training College, carried out studies for the government on early childhood education and worked with the Kindergarten Union to develop south Australian Kindergartens. The impetus behind the original establishment of the free kindergartens was to enable poor families to have their children receive some basic education which would help them with their schooling. Early childhood education in South Australia has gone from being an independent training system to being part of the college and then university system.

This collection of 38 archival boxes contains the collection of the de Lissa Graduates Association, donated to the University of South Australia by the Association upon the disbanding of the Association. The Association collection includes items relating to the Association from its beginning through to and including its disbanding. Items relating to the history of the Kindergarten Movement from its beginnings in South Australia, early childhood education and its development in South Australia and information relating to Gypsy Hill Training College also form part of the Association collection. Papers, letters, photographs, slides newspaper clippings, books, items produced by students studying early childhood education and items used in kindergartens make up the collection. Items relating to the areas covered by the original collection but not part of it have been added to the collection, including items related to Betty Davis, a former student and later principal of the Kindergarten Training College.

Location

  • Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library

Access

  • This collection is not for loan
  • Items can be accessed at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library. For further information please contact staff at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library
  • The collection can be searched in our UniSA Research Archive

Gavin Walkley

Gavin Walkley [Image source: Unknown]The Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture was established in 1906. Louis brought with him a small collection of his personal books which formed the beginnings of the departmental library, which later became the Built Environment Library of the University of South Australia. These books formed the core of the Gavin Walkley Collection which was established in 1976 upon Gavin's retirement as Head of School after twenty five years. To this collection of material were added various notebooks and personally signed books belonging to Louis Laybourne Smith and Gavin Walkley. A special fund was established to purchase and house this historical collection of old, rare and facsimile reprints of classic works in architecture, building and planning. The money was collected by donations from several individuals, private firms and institutions, including the South Australian Institute of Technology and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. The accumulating interest on this money is presently being used to purchase items of historical significance. More about Gavin Walkley (PDF, opens in new wndow).

Location

  • City West

Access

  • All items available through the Library Catalogue (opens in new window)
  • Any UniSA staff and students
  • 4 hour in Library use only
  • Can be borrowed for teaching purposes - longer loan period and across campuses
  • Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services
Some of the material is now very fragile. For this reason, access is at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

History of Primary Education in South Australia (HOPE)

HOPE is a research collection of textbooks and curriculum regardless of the place of publication, used in South Australian Primary Schools from the 19th Century. The Collection was initiated in 1972 at the former Wattle Park Teachers' College by academic and library staff. The HOPE Collection provides a focus for research in South Australian educational history. The HOPE Collection includes over 5,000 items. These are mainly textbooks and curriculum documents, but there is also some audiovisual and kit material. In addition the Collection contains a small selection of teachers' lesson plans, school roll books and students' copy books.

Location

  • Mawson Lakes Campus Library, Special Collections room

Access

  • All items are listed in the Library Catalogue (opens in new window). These items can be identified by the prefix Hope
  • To browse the collection in person please contact the Manager, Academic Library Services. To request items use the Library Catalogue (opens in new window). If the item is also held at a campus, it is preferred that you place a Hold request on the campus copy
  • The item will be sent to the campus nominated
  • Items are retrieved daily - expected turnaround time is 48 hours from placement of the request (weekends excepted)
  • 4 hour Loan – Library Use Only
  • Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

Some of the material is now very fragile and rare. For this reason, access is at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services


The Social Work Historical Collection

The Social Work Historical Collection was established by the Social Work department of the University of South Australia to collect material about the history of social work education in South Australia.

The collection includes both published and personal material from practitioners involved in the government and non-government welfare sector as well as books, documents, study guides and notes from students and lecturers who have studied Social Work in South Australia.

Location

  • Mawson Lakes Campus Library Compactus

Access

  • This collection is not for loan
  • Items can be accessed at the Mawson Lakes Library. Please consult staff at the reference desk
  • This collection has not yet been digitised however a box list of the collection can be found in our UniSA Research Archive

 

 

 

 



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