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Archival Collections

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The Library is responsible for several Archival Collections, which provide a rich source of information on Australia’s political, social and public health history. The Collections focus on prominent South Australians, including Bob Hawke, the first Prime Minister of Australia born in South Australia. They aim to support research and education for UniSA's students and staff and the wider community.

In 2016 the Library is making a change to the way it looks after its Archival Collections to ensure that they receive the best support and exposure possible and that activities in this area are both sustainable and scalable. Work and expertise in archival collections will be distributed across the Library rather than concentrated with one person.

The arrangements being put in place recognise the reliance of the archives on many other Library services, particularly systems, metadata, digitisation and web discovery services. To ensure the requirements of clients and donors can be met throughout the year, other Library staff will take on roles supporting archives and become more familiar with the archival collections and different aspects of their care and use. This ensures that researchers and donors can be confident of assistance whenever the Library is staffed.

Archival collections will remain in their current locations serviced by local staff under the overall direction of Dr Di Hodge.

Details of the contents of the Archival Collections can be found in the UniSA Archival Collections, which also holds digitised copies of selected items. Access to original items must be arranged by appointment with the EASS Library Services Team in accordance with conditions of use.

Detailed information on the development of the Special Collections can be found in the Archival Collection Development Policy and its Annex.

For further information, please contact the EASS Library Services Team.