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Finding & Accessing Archives

Information on the type of material held in UNSW Archives is located on the Archival Collections pages. The Historical Resources section of the site provides scope on the range of secondary source material that relates to the history of UNSW.

UNSW staff can search for archival records through the RAMS interface. Please note that only a proportion of the Archives is currently registered in RAMS and a full search of our holdings will require you to contact the Archives.

For all other enquiries, including from students, alumni and members of the public, please contact the Archives by email, phone or mail. Staff will advise you on archival records that may be of use to your query, as well as guidance on the use of the collection.

Archives' staff cannot, however, undertake lengthy research on your behalf. If your enquiry is likely to require detailed research and you are not able to use the Archives in person, we advise you to obtain the services of a professional researcher who can conduct the research for you. The Professional Historians Association of NSW and the Society of Australian Genealogists may be able to refer you to professional researchers.

Visitors and Access to the Archives

If you wish to visit the Archives to undertake research you MUST contact us to arrange an appointment time for your visit.

Entitlements to access records held by the Archives vary and it is essential that you discuss your enquiry with an archivist to determine whether records will be available for your use.

The Archives' Access Guideline provides information on obtaining access to records held in the Archives, while the UNSW Access Directions indicate which types of official university records are open or closed for access.

See our Reading Room Rules for information on the usage of the Archives during your visit. Please note that you cannot take your bags into the Reading Room. Laptops are permitted.

Scans or photocopies of archival records can be made, provided the records are not too fragile to be copied. A copyright form will also need to be completed and signed. For further information on copying see the Archives' Reproduction, Citation & Publication of Archival Records information leaflet.