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Special Collections

The Library's Special Collections support particular areas of teaching, learning and research and contain rare, fragile, vulnerable, archival and culturally sensitive material. The collections include published and unpublished material in print, audiovisual and digital formats. 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 Collection

This collection was created in consultation with local Aboriginal people. It contains culturally secret, sacred or sensitive materials; as well as materials that are considered racist, sexist, derogatory, abusive or offensive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library, Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN) protocols (opens in new window).

The collection also includes the Margaret Carnegie gift received by the Library in 1992 which includes books, journals and art exhibition catalogues focusing on early exploration in Australia, colonial anthropology and Aboriginal Art.

Location and access

  • The collection is located in the Jeffrey Smart Building at City West campus
  • Items are available to UniSA staff and students for 4 hour IN LIBRARY use only
  • Items can be borrowed by UniSA staff for teaching and research purposes
  • Some of the material is very fragile. For this reason, access is at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

Art Collection

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

Location and access

  • The collection is located in the Jeffrey Smart Building at City West campus
  • Items are available to UniSA staff and students for 4 hour IN LIBRARY use only
  • Items can be borrowed by UniSA staff for teaching and research purposes
  • Some of the material is very fragile. For this reason, access is at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

Colin Thiele Collection

Colin Thiele [Image source: Unknown]Colin Thiele was one of Australia's most prolific and popular writers for children. He was born in 1920 in Eudunda, South Australia and was an English teacher in several Adelaide schools from 1946 to 1957. Thiele joined the staff of the Wattle Park Teachers' College (later known as Wattle Park Teachers' Centre) as a lecturer in English from 1957 to 1963 and later became Director of the Centre in 1974. Colin Thiele authored more than 50 books and has won several awards for his work. Further information on Colin Thiele is available on the Library website.

This collection was donated to the Library in 2000 and incorporates most of Mr Thiele's published works and ephemera including several pelicans.

Location and access

  • The collection is located in the Sir Eric Neal Library at Mawson Lakes campus
  • Items are available to UniSA staff and students for 4 hour IN LIBRARY use
  • Items can be borrowed by UniSA staff for teaching and research purposes
  • Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services

Gavin Walkley Collection

Gavin Walkley [Image source: Unknown]Gavin Walkley was born in North Adelaide in 1911, completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Architecture) in 1934 and was articled to Louis Laybourne Smith from 1931. Walkley began to lecture at the School of Architecture in the South Australian School of Mines and Industries and was appointed as Head of School in 1951, a position he held until 1976. Louis Laybourne Smith was a prominent South Australian architect who established Adelaide's first School of Architecture in 1906 at the School of Mines and Industries.

This collection was formed in 1976, upon Gavin Walkley's retirement as the Head of School of Architecture and Building. It includes items previously owned by Louis Laybourne Smith and Gavin Walkley. The initial collection strength was architectural history, with some works in town planning, landscape design, urban design and interiors. The collection includes imprints from 1759 and some facsimile reproductions of classic works. A number of items are very fragile.

Further information about Gavin Walkley and Louis Laybourne Smith is available on the UniSA Architecture Museum's website.

Location and access

  • The collection is located in the Jeffrey Smart building at City West campus
  • Items are available to UniSA staff and students for 4 hour IN LIBRARY use only
  • Items can be borrowed by UniSA staff for teaching and research purposes
  • 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) Collection

This collection was initiated in 1972 at the former Wattle Park Teachers' College by academic and library staff. It is a collection of text books and curriculum material used in South Australian Primary schools from the 19th Century. It also includes audovisual and kit material and a selection of teachers’ lesson plans, school roll books and students' copy books.

All last copies of non-fiction material published in or about South Australia, with research significance, developed for primary education or weeded from the Library's Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) will be relegated to the HOPE collection. All other non-fiction material with research significance that is weeded from the main Library collection will be transferred to URRSA and moved to HOPE on a rolling schedule when item is aged 20 years from its original date of publication. When new items are purchased for the primary education collection of the TRC a second copy may be purchased for HOPE if it has strong significance for South Australia.

Location and access

  • The collection is located in the Sir Eric Neal Library at Mawson Lakes campus
  • Items are available to UniSA staff and students for 4 hour IN LIBRARY use only
  • Some items can be borrowed by UniSA staff for teaching and research purposes. Contact the Manager, Academic Library Services for further information
  • Community access at the discretion of the Manager, Academic Library Services
  • All items are listed in the Library Catalogue (opens in new window). These items can be identified by the prefix Hope
  • 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)

University Publications Collection

This collection was previously named the David Murray collection, named after an Adelaide philanthropist and politician who in 1903 donated funds to support the establishment of a library for the School of Mines and Industries, one of the predecessors of UniSA.

The collection consists of published and unpublished material in print and digital formats produced by individuals and bodies associated with UniSA and its predecessor institutions. The collection also includes works published by UniSA, works about its activities or otherwise relating to the University. Items in print format are prefixed with the letters DM in the Library catalogue. Digital items are available via URA.

In line with the Digital strategy the Library will not actively seek print copies of holdings where an electronic copy is already held and will only source a print copy of an item in this collection where there is a specific requirement to do so. All print copies currently held in this collection will be retained.

The collection does not include administrative materials and university records subject to collection by the University's Records Management Policy. Teaching materials, examination papers and honours theses are also excluded from the collection

Access

  • The print component of this collection is located at URRSA, Flinders University. The digital component of this collection is available via URA
  • Items are available for 4 day loan only
  • Items are listed in the Library Catalogue (opens in new window). These items can be identified by the prefix DM
  • 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)

 

 



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