International Human Rights Day 2017
Supporting democracy and human rights is one of the six principles of the Universal Declaration on Archives was adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 10th November 2011. In acknowledging International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December each year, archives and their Galleries, Libraries, Museums (GLAM) colleagues have a professional obligation to reflect on their role as …December 10, 2017 International H...
Hexed – discoveries and challenges in archiving born-digital records
Lachlan Glanville, Assistant Archivist, Germaine Greer Archive Removable media such as floppy disks from the early days of PC ownership are now degrading rapidly and becoming increasingly difficult to access. Without swift action, years of unique records could easily become irrecoverable. Archivists at UMA have been collaborating with colleagues across the University such as Research Platforms, Digital Scholarship and the ESRC on …November 28, 2017 Digital Archive...
Considering the literary archive: William Gosse Hay
Dr Rachael Weaver School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne I first became interested in the Australian writer William Hay ten years ago, when Ken Gelder and I re-published Hay’s 1921 story, ‘An Australian Rip Van Winkle,’ in our Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction (2007). The tale is a delightfully strange one, about a stockman named Jake, a romantic figure …November 16, 2017 Australia, Adel...
Anniversary of the Chinese Republic
Katherine Molyneux It is a photograph of an dusty street in an unnamed city. There are bicycles and a blurry power line. In the background is a low-rise building that might be a market. In the foreground - dominating the scene - is a ceremonial gate, which appears to be made of wood. It is topped by a large dome. Underneath this …November 6, 2017 Una Porter phot...
On Una Porter’s Photograph Album
Oscar T. Serquiña, Jr. A personal photograph collection may reveal the roots and routes of its collector’s life. While its primary function is to collate representations of objects, persons, and events, a collection may also lay bare more than what is visible to the eye. Such is the uncontainable paradox of archival materials, especially photos, after all: on one hand, their …November 6, 2017 Una Porter phot...
“The Thoughtful East” / “Masters. Jaupur”
Nathan McCall Accompanying the photographs are captions written by Ms Porter. These captions present an insight into Ms Porter’s reactions to some of the people and places that she saw. Of particular interest are three photographs captioned. The first is an image of a bearded man with a Tilaka painted on his forehead, indicating that he is probably of Indian heritage. …November 6, 2017 Una Porter phot...
Alice Helme A picture says a thousand words. We all know that ubiquitous and often overused phrase. It is the cornerstone of art analysis and an art historical approach to dissecting pictorial representations. An image presents a visual narrative, conveying a story or meaning through the silent channels of sight. These narratives are fabled to tell a truth, an unaltered vision …November 6, 2017 Una Porter phot...
Charmaine Toh Martyn Jolly has noted that photographic albums were both oral and visual records – their owners would show them to friends and family accompanied by an oral narrative.1 This oral element is of course now lost, but I raise it that we might recognize the importance of situating the individual elements of such archival material within a broader context. …November 6, 2017 Una Porter phot...
The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) is one of Australia’s largest non-government archival collections. UMA was established in July 1960 to collect and preserve records relating to the University and businesses for the purposes of historical research. The University’s own records date from its foundation in 1853 and as well as administrative records, records of student societies and the personal papers of many former academic staff are available for research.
The business collections include the records of wholesalers and retailers, factories and foundries, solicitors and architects, along with the records of some of Australia’s largest mining companies.
From 1973 the Archives broadened it’s collecting scope to include trade union and other labour history material; more than one hundred trade unions are now represented in the Archives’ collections. During the same period, the Archives began also to collect records of professional, community, women’s, peace and political organisations.
Records are collected to be used and the highest priority of UMA is making its collections available for research. Whether interested in the history of the University, or architecture, manufacturing, commerce, economics, trade unionism, engineering, art, theatre, mining, science, politics, the professions, biography, education, law, the women’s movement, pacifism or war, researchers will find major resources in the Archives’ collections.
The purpose of this blog is to provide a platform to share stories from our collections. In doing so, we seek to highlight the enormous scope of endeavor covered in our collections. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us at archives[at]archives.unimelb.edu.au.
The University of Melbourne Archives maintains an online catalogue with information about our collections. This catalogue is open to all and includes help screens for further information. The catalogue also contains finding aids for many of the listed collections. For more information about archival research and the University of Melbourne Archives, consult the Using Archives LibGuide.
Requests for material may be made by phone, email or in person. Contact the reference service to lodge a request. As material is held at an off-site repository it cannot be accessed immediately. Material will be available the following day if the request is lodged before 12pm. Some collections are restricted or may be difficult to retrieve. Any delays in retrieval will be discussed at the time the request is lodged.
Once material has been ordered, it may be viewed at the Cultural Collections reading room, located on the third floor of the Baillieu Library at the University’s Parkville campus. Researchers will be required to sign an access form and present photo id on arrival. Material may be stored in the reading room for one week from the date of retrieval. Digital cameras are permitted in the reading room but copyright and other restrictions must be discussed with staff before images are made.
Reading room opening hours
Monday 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am-7:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Saturday 1:30 pm-4:30 pm during semester
Not open on public or University holidays
In 2017, students from the graduate course Digital Humanities MULT900056 selected items from a number of University of Melbourne Archives collections for digitisation. The students followed the digitisation process from selection, creation of metadata, scanning, through to making the items available online when possible. They also produced blog posts about the items they chose: