There are various options for searching and accessing information relating to UNSW.
Finding and Accessing current University records
- search for records through the RAMS interface and request delivery of hardcopy records
- request a search be conducted by Records & Archives staff.
COVID-19 Archives' Update
Please note that in line with the Federal Government's COVID-19 restrictions, the Archives' Reading Room is currently closed to visits by researchers and Archives' staff are now largely working off-site.
We continue to welcome queries about the Archives' holdings at email@example.com.
Digital items from the Archives remain accessible. These include digital photos, video, UNSW publications and other born digital and digitised material from the Archives. See Historical Resources and Online Exhibitions for some examples of this material.
If Archives' staff can readily assist with your query, we will continue to do so. If your query relates to material that is only available on-site in the Archives, there may be a small delay in being able to fully answer your question. If so, we will advise you of the likely timeframe.
If Archives' staff find that your request requires a visit to the Archives to undertake research work in person, we will notify you as necessary and place you on a mailing list to be updated when we re-open to visitors.
Finding and Accessing Archives
UNSW staff can also search for archival records through the RAMS interface, while all users can visit the Online Archives Search page. The Historical Resources section of the site provides scope on the range of secondary source material that relates to the history of UNSW.
Please note that only a proportion of the Archives is currently registered in RAMS and/or the Online Archives Search and a full search of our holdings will require you to contact the Archives. Staff can 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. For further information on copying see Reproduction, Citation & Publication of Archival Records.