Inside the Repository
The University of Melbourne Archives' repository is usually off-limits to everyone except UMA staff. But we have a wonderful time working in the repository and wanted to share what happens behind those locked doors with our curious patrons.
Germaine Greer collection
The Germaine Greer Archive at the University of Melbourne comprises documents, photographs, books, magazines and born-digital audio, video and text media that document the life and career of Germaine Greer, a major figure in academic and popular culture in Australia and internationally.
Malcolm Fraser collection
The Malcolm Fraser Collection at the University of Melbourne comprises documents, photographs, books and other material relating to the life, family and career of the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983.
Researchers please note that the Reading Room's last day of 2019 will be Friday 20th December. All material will be returned to the repository so re-order material (or place a new request) by midday 3rd January 2020 to access when the Reading Room reopens on the 6th. Please note that the Reading Room will close at 4pm throughout January.News
A big congratulations to our team, led by Sophie Garrett, who received a commendation at the 2019 Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Awards.News
The Reading Room will be closed on Friday 27 September for the AFL Grand Final holiday.Regular opening hours will resume on Monday 30 September. To order material for use on Monday 30 September please lodge the request by midday Thursday 26 September. Information on ordering and accessing material can be found on the Reading Room website.News
Maree Ireland's speech at the launch of the Geoff Bell Archive is a beautifully moving account of the contribution made by Geoff to the disability rights movement and the importance of his archive.News
Congratulations to Lachlan Glanville and Fiona Ross of the University of Melbourne Archives, whose articles in The Conversation have been recognised by the presenting of Mander Jones Awards by the Australian Society of Archivists. These awards recognise writing about archives for a general audience or an audience that is rarely exposed to archival thinking. Both articles highlight the many human interactions and range of emotions which are reflected in records. They also give an insight into what it is like to work with very personal records and suggest many ways in which they might be valued by researchers.News
Each year, students from the graduate course Digital Humanities MULT900056 work through the process of digitising UMA material, including selection, metadata creation, digitisation and publication.News
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Location: Archives material is accessed via the Reading Room, located on the 3rd Floor of the Baillieu Library at the University's Parkville campus (see map below).
Retrieval Times: As material is held at an off-site repository it cannot be accessed immediately. If the request is lodged before 12:00pm 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.
Opening Hours: see Reading Room hours. If you wish to speak to staff in the Reading Room, to change your visit date or any other matters please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 3 8344 5380.
Summer Holiday Closure 2019-2020: Please be aware of the holiday closure over before planning summer research trips. The Reading Room will close 5:00pm Friday 20 December 2019 and reopen 10:00am Monday 6 January 2020.
January 2020 Hours: The Reading Room will close early at 4:00pm through January 2020. Regular hours (Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm) will recommence Monday 3 February 2020.