Welcome to our Online Archives Search


Search the University of Sydney Archives holdings using the Online Archives Search.
(Note: University staff and students can access Archives Online.
General public access can currently only take place when connected to the University network within the University campus.)


We have also provided some Tips on Searching below.

For more information about the archives control system click here.

Online Archives Search does not give you direct access to the records. To see the records you need to visit the Archives search room or in accordance with our Copying and Reproductions procedures you may request a copy.

Using the Online Archives Search you can find:

  • minutes of meetings (incl. Senate, Academic Board, Faculty)
  • administrative files
  • departmental records
  • records of students and staff
  • examination papers and results
  • building plans.

Note to access: Access to State Archives is in accordance with the provisions in the State Records Act 1998 (NSW). Administrative records are in general open after 30 years, while records of staff and students are open after 50 years. More details are available on the Register of Access Directions at State Records NSW. Personal archives and clubs and societies records may have specific donor conditions attached to them.

Tips for Searching

  • OAS provides a basic search (using keywords) of information about the holdings. You can search on all or selected entities.
  • To limit searching by NAME to exact words, use [NAME] AND. For instance, Wood AND will return only records with the word Wood not all part-words like Woodhouse.
  • Results are filtered by Entity type and date ranges to assist in narrowing the result.
  • Results can be sorted by Entity type, Number, Title, Start Date or End Date. Click on any column header to sort data.
  • Some IDs are hyperlinked to Related entities. It is possible to move to another entity by clicking on any ID which is underlined (you may need to move the cursor over the ID).
  • Understanding the context of recordkeeping will improve your effectiveness in searching for records. If you can’t find what you are looking for, ask the questions: who or what is likely to have created the record and for what purpose?

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