Protecting the future of UNSW Canberra Special Collections

| 02 May 2018

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UNSW Canberra has secured the future of a collection of rare historical items, with the installation of a new archiving repository.  

The bespoke facility, which took eight months to install, will house 2.5 km of Australian literary and military manuscripts and 3,000 rare books.

Associate Dean of Special Collections Professor Nicole Moore says the new repository will play an important role in preserving materials of the university’s Special Collections located within the Academy Library at UNSW Canberra.

 “With this new repository in place, we can now look forward to safeguarding the future of these irreplaceable materials, which document Australian cultural, political and military history,” Professor Moore says.

 “Our focus now is to continue to grow these collections to support the research, teaching and learning needs of UNSW Canberra, and importantly, to boost access for everyone in the long term.”

Some of the highlights from the Special Collections include a diary from a nineteenth-century ship captain detailing his journey through the South China Sea and the official records of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, in a unique agreement with the National Archives of Australia.

Materials from some of Australia’s best loved writers are important parts of the collection including manuscripts from Alex Miller, Dorothy Porter, and journalist and filmmaker, Bob Ellis.

The collections are accessible for UNSW students and staff as well as external researchers from outside the university.

For more information on UNSW Canberra’s Special Collections visit