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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.

For further enquiries, please contact the Archives by email, phone or mail. Staff will advise you on records held by the Archives which may be of use to you and will provide guidance on the use of the collection.

Archives' staff cannot, however, undertake lengthy research on your behalf. If you are unable to carry out your own research 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.

Access to Records held in the University 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 are available for your use. Please read our Guidelines for Access to find out about obtaining access to records held in the Archives. View the UNSW Access Directions to ascertain whether official university records at least 30 years old 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.

Donation of Private Records

If you are considering the donation of private records including the papers of individuals and/or of organisations associated with UNSW you are invited to contact the Archives to discuss the matter. In our Acquisition Statement [pdf] you will find out more about the type of material we seek to collect or see our Information Sheet on the Transfer of UNSW Clubs and Societies' Records.