For researchers

Finding archival material

We maintain an online catalogue which contains summary information about all of our collections. The catalogue also contains finding aids for many of the collections. Finding aids are more detailed box or file indexes for the collection and will generally contain unit, box or item numbers that should be quoted when ordering material.

After checking the online catalogue, contact the Archives if further help is required to find material or to discuss a large research project.

Accessing material

Material from the University of Melbourne Archives is accessed through the Reading Room at the Baillieu Library at the University's Parkville campus. To order UMA material or to find information on the reading room location, opening hours, rules about handling material, copying and digitisation of material, please see the Reading Room website.

As material is held at an off-site repository it cannot be accessed immediately. If the request is lodged before 12pm material should be available in the Reading Room the following day, subject to confirmation. There is a limit of ten boxes or units per order. 

To order material, researchers must register using the Reading Room Aeon system. This system allow researchers to track the progress of their requests, see the history of their requests and facilitates the reordering of materials; digitisation requests can also be easily managed via the account. For more information about Aeon, see the information page here.

Access conditions

The University of Melbourne Archives are open to all researchers, not just University staff and students. Access conditions covering specific collections vary, however. Some collections are restricted and require permission to be obtained before viewing and a few collections are covered by specific embargo periods. Access conditions are listed in the catalogue, and researchers are advised to contact the Archives before ordering material to discuss restrictions. For more information see Access Management Framework for University of Melbourne Archives collections. Time constraints prevent Archives staff from being able to conduct research on behalf of enquirers.

Digitisation

For information on copying material and copyright permissions please visit the Reading Room guide to Copying Materials.

Citing material

Archival material must be cited correctly. This enables staff and other researchers to find and use records, and ensures that the checking of sources is made easier. The preferred manner of citing material from the University of Melbourne Archives is:

  • Name of University of Melbourne Archives in full
  • Full collection name
  • Collection reference number (accession number)
  • Item/series number
  • Description and date of item

Example: University of Melbourne Archives, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Collection, 1971.0009, File 2/1/62, Letter from L. Hirschfeld-Mack to Hans M Wingler, 27 Oct 1957.