The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) was formed in 2012 by the amalgamation of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, and The College of Nursing (previously the New South Wales College of Nursing). The Australian College of Nursing Archive is the repository for the historical documents, both organisational records and donated material, of the organisation. The Archive consists of three major archival collections:
The Australian College of Nursing collection, established in July 2012, is housed in Canberra. The collection contains documents and records of the organisation.
The Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) collection is also housed in Canberra. The collection includes material from Royal College and its predecessor organisation, The College of Nursing Australia (1949-1989). The RCNA collection contains documents and records of the organisation. It also includes the Burbidge and Slater individual collections.
The College of Nursing and its predecessor organisation, The NSW College of Nursing collection is housed at both Canberra and Parramatta. This archive was formally established in 1985 from the material that had accumulated since the formation of the college in 1949. The original intent was to maintain a historical record of the college. This intent has been fulfilled and broadened by the volume of donated material.