Special Collections, Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, NSW

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Special Collections, Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, NSW

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Archives Rare Books and Special Collections Unit, Auchmuty Library, Newcastle, New South Wales; Cultural Collections (Archives), Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, NSW


  • University
  • State

Contact area


University Archivist



Street address

Level 2, Auchmuty Library, University Drive, Callaghan




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 4921 5354




Description area


Founded in February 1975 to safeguard the permanent value records of the University of Newcastle, the University Archives within the Auchmuty Library holds some 2,000 shelf metres of priceless manuscript material dating from the year 1826.

Many important and valuable research collections relating to the region have been deposited in the archives including:

  • The Pender Archive
  • Records of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
  • The Percy Haslam Collection.

In addition, the University Archives acts as a State Archives Regional Archives Centre. These centres give physical context to regional State archives by keeping them within the communities where they were created and give those communities ready access to their archives. This includes archives from a range of public offices such as Local Land Boards, Schools, Councils, Police and Local Courts. (See State Archives and Records NSW - Newcastle Regional Archives Centre (1))

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: University Librarian, Academic Division

Records management and collecting policies

The University Archives collects and preserves permanently valuable records of the University, University organisations, staff and students, and selected manuscript collections relating specifically to the Hunter Region, for University teaching and research.



The Archives and Manuscript Collections cover:

  • Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
  • Community
  • Companies and businesses
  • Composers and performers
  • Historical events
  • Hospitals
  • Indigenous collections
  • Maps and plans
  • Newcastle Trades Hall and Labour
  • Photographers
  • Professional practices
  • The University of Newcastle.
    (See https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/archives/collections)

Finding aids, guides and publications

For an Alphabetical listing of archive and manuscript finding aids and shelf listings, see https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/archives/atoz
References: Rowe, Denis, 'Labour History records at the University of Newcastle' Labour History, 46 (May 1984): 109-115.

Access area

Opening times

By appointment only, Monday to Friday.
Closed Christmas to New Year.

Access conditions and requirements

By appointment only. If you wish to consult regional collections, please read and sign the Regional Archives Access Conditions form and deposit it when you visit (see https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/archives).
A closed period of 30 years applies to most records.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance and referral to paid researchers is available.

Reproduction services

Copying services for original records to A3 size and photographs available.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 13 September 2023




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Level 2, Auchmuty Library, University Drive, Callaghan
Newcastle, New South Wales 2308