University of Melbourne Archives (UMA)

Identity area



Authorized form of name

University of Melbourne Archives (UMA)

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • University

Contact area



Street address

Reading Room, Baillieu Library, The University of Melbourne, Parkville





Country name

Postal code



03 8344 0590




Description area


The University of Melbourne Archives was established in July 1960, to collect and preserve records relating to the University and to business and business people for the purposes of historical research. Today it is one of the largest non-government archives in Australia, with a collection of nearly 20km of records.

Our first collections came from the University of Melbourne and also Victorian businesses. 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 began to collect 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.

From the beginning, the Archives' primary role was to provide a rich source for research in Victorian and Australian history and the Archives continues to welcome researchers, both academic and the public.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The Access Management Framework, Collection Development Policy and the Strategic Goals 2016-2020 of the University of Melbourne Archives can all be found online here:



The University of Melbourne Archives holds over 20km of records. The Archives holds collections from over 2,500 individuals and organisations across a diverse range of fields. These include: businesses, trade unions, political, cultural and community organisations, official University records and the papers of prominent University figures and much more.

Finding aids, guides and publications

All of our collections are catalogued online to at least collection level. Most of the collections amounting to more than five boxes have been listed and the finding aids are available through our online catalogue: This website also includes lists of publications using University of Melbourne Archives collections and back issues of the UMA Bulletin.

Access area

Opening times

The Reading Room is generally open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm but times vary.

See online for up-to-date times:

Access conditions and requirements

All researchers must register with the Reading Room's online registration system: Researchers must agree to our access conditions when they register.

No fees are required. Access to the collections is open to all, although some collections have some access restrictions. Researchers are advised to contact UMA in such cases.

The repository is offsite so we need notice to transport material to the reading room. Requests for open access material lodged by 12 noon will be available in the Reading Room the following week day.


A location map is available online, see

The reading room is wheelchair accessible and other access issues will be accommodated by UMA staff.

Services area

Research services

There are no fees for access to the material, but our staff cannot undertake research for users.

Our reference service is available to give advice on which material might be relevant to your enquiry. Please email with as much information as you can to assist our staff to answer your enquiry. Email

Reproduction services

Photography is permitted in the reading room on open access conditions, provided researchers abide by copyright laws.

To request high resolution or large-scale digitisation, you will need to contact UMA as this is assessed on a case-by-case basis. More information is available online here:

Public areas

Control area

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Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 14 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

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  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Reading Room, Baillieu Library, The University of Melbourne, Parkville
Melbourne, Victoria 3010