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Open for research use by staff, students and the public
A resource for researchers interested in the University's administrative records, associated personal archives, photographs, and publications.

How to find records

  1. Search the online archives
  2. Browse the lists of our holdings by category:

What's in the collections?

Established in 1954, we're responsible for the care and preservation of University records with permanent value. This includes the records of the Senate, Academic Board and the University's many administrative offices.

Additionally, we hold the records of the institutions which have amalgamated with the University, such as:

  • Sydney CAE (and some of its predecessors such as Sydney Teachers College)
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • the Conservatorium of Music.

We also house a collection of University photographs and publications, as well as a significant collection of personal archives closely associated with the University. These include the records of anthropologists AR Radcliffe Brown, AP Elkin, HIP Hogbin and Camilla Wedgwood – which are listed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register as the Department of Anthropology field research and teaching notes, 1926-1956.

We do not hold the records for the following:

  • Archives of Australian Judaica
  • Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness
  • Sydney University Union
  • Residential colleges:
    • St Andrews
    • St Paul's
    • St Johns
    • Wesley College
    • Sancta Sophia
    • the Women's College.

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Featured image (top of the page): View from southern cloisters to Quadrangle, 1966.