Victoria University (VU) Archives, Melbourne

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Victoria University (VU) Archives, Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Victoria University of Technology Archives


  • University

Contact area


University Archivist



Street address

PB127, Building P, Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Road, Footscray





Country name

Postal code



03 9919 4724



Description area


The University Archives were established by the Council of the then Victoria University of Technology in 1992 in co-operation with the Office of the University Secretary and Registrar. The role of the Archive was 'to preserve the records and associated materials of the University and its predecessor institutes [sic] in compliance with the Public Records Act 1973 and as a service to future researchers.' For further information about the history of Victoria University see

Records date from 1916 with the establishment of the Footscray Technical School. They document the University's continuing relationship and engagement with its local community.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Public Records Act 1973 and Victoria University of Technology Act 1990.

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: University Archivist
Note: formerly known as Victoria University of Technology Archives

Records management and collecting policies

The VU Archives hold records that document the history, policies, administrative and educational activities and functions, mission and achievements of Victoria University and the previous institutions from which it has developed over time.



Papers of meetings of University Council and Committees, historical course handbooks, curriculum and assessment material, reports, awards, campus development documentation and regalia, etc are held in the Collection. The Archives also hold some private papers associated with University academics and other persons associated with the University and its predecessors, including schools, technical colleges and other vocational and higher education institutions.
The Archive holds records and items in formats including written and published documents, photographs, plans, audio visual material, physical items that document teaching programs, histories, policies, activities, achievements and contributions associated with:

  • Footscray Technical School
  • Footscray Technical College
  • Footscray Institute of Technology
  • Western Institute
  • Newport College of Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
  • Footscray College of TAFE
  • Western Metropolitan College of TAFE
  • Melbourne School of Hairdressing
  • Flagstaff College of TAFE
  • Melbourne College of Decoration, and
  • Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Access is by appointment with the University Archivist.

Access conditions and requirements

Visits to the VU Archives can be arranged by prior appointment.
Access and use of material held in the Archives complies with Victoria University Archives policies and procedures, and conditions relevant to some specific collection items and materials.


Services area

Research services

Reference and research assistance is available. Queries can be made by email or telephone.

Reproduction services

Copying and reproduction can be arranged on request, in accordance with Access and Preservation guidelines.

Public areas

Some archival material may be available form time to time in the form of exhibitions and displays at other Victoria University locations and campuses.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 14 July 2020




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Law and Justice (Thematic area)
  • Science and Technology (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

PB127, Building P, Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Road, Footscray
Melbourne, Victoria 3011