University of Sydney Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

University of Sydney Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • University

Contact area





Street address

University Archives, 9th Floor, Fisher Library, University of Sydney




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9351 2684



Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Manager, Archives and Records Management Services

Records management and collecting policies

The University Archives is responsible for the care and preservation of those records of the University which have been appraised as having permanent value. It also holds the archival records of amalgamated institutions such as:

  • Sydney College of Advanced Education
  • Sydney Teachers College
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • the Conservatorium of Music
  • Cumberland College of Health Sciences.



Administrative series including University Senate: Minutes, Academic Board, Registrar general subject files, photographs, architectural plans and University publications.

The Archives also holds significant collections of the archives of persons and bodies closely associated with the University including:
Anthropological field research and teaching records, 1926-1956, registered on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register which include:

Other prominent personal archives include those of:

Quantity: 3801m


  • University Archives, Record 1973- present.
  • Smith, K E, "University of Sydney Archives', Archives and Manuscripts 18/1 (May 1990): 162 - 163.
  • Connell, W F (et al), Australia's First: A History of the University of Sydney, Volume 2, 1940-1990 (University of Sydney and Hale and Ironmonger, 1995): 342-3.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Information on the Archives holdings, including administrative records, personal archives and those of clubs and societies associated with the University can be found here:

Archives Online Search

Archives Mediabank for general photographic collection:

World War I Research Files - Online Biographical Database

The University of Sydney Archives produces the journal 'Record' each year. It contains articles by our researchers and staff on aspects of the history of the University. Previous issues available here:

Access area

Opening times

By appointment Monday to Friday 9.30am-1pm and 2-4.30pm.
Closed public holidays and for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays - check for details closer to the time.

Access conditions and requirements

One day's advance notice of visit preferred.

Closed period of 30 years applies to some official records.

Anthropological records may be restricted or closed due to their sensitive nature and permission required from the relevant communities for access.


The Archives are located in the Fisher Library and are not administered by the library and therefore have different opening hours.

The location of the library can be found here

Details on public transport and parking at the campus are available here

People with disabilities: access is available to all public areas within the library.

Services area

Research services

Our holdings can be searched online

Reference services are available in person in the search room or by email and telephone. Users can consult finding aids and inspect original paper records.

Reproduction services

On consultation with the Archivist, researchers can use their own devices to take copies after completing a request to copy form

See our copying policy for more details .

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 19 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

University Archives, 9th Floor, Fisher Library, University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2006