VU Library invites you to view its latest exhibition about Special Collections material used for research and more in 2019.
In 2019, Special Collections attracted the attention of various users accessing material to support their research or explore a particular area of interest:
- Postgraduate researchers from Victoria University and other academic institutions
- Researchers from overseas University Research Centres
- Undergraduate VU students
- Private individuals
- Australian Libraries through request arrangements
The exhibition at Footscray Park Library provides an insight into the various types of material available for research such as monographs, serials and pamphlets and diverse range of topics across the collections. The materials on display illustrate how the preservation of knowledge enables users to delve in the past and explore topics linked to a time, place, community or people who collected and donated material.
To find out what the collections offer, explore connections and discover the unexpected material to support research such as a PhD or a published text, pursue a particular interest or serve as a basis for reflections, users have various options:
- Visit exhibitions and displays at Footscray Park Library.
- View materials showcased at the annual roadshow at campus libraries.
- Use Library Search or the Library Catalogue to find items located in Special Collections. Refer to Special Collections Library Guide for information on how to access and use Special Collections.
- Check the lists of archival materials available in Special Collections.
- Contact Special Collections to arrange for viewing of identified items of interest in the Special Collections reading room.
If you are new to Special Collections, hear the stories of researchers who found interesting material in Special Collections for a PhD or for a particular interest such as songwriting. The collections also inspired artists such as Emily Floyd for her exhibition ‘The Dawn’ and Ben Sheppard for the mural located at the entrance to Tripovich Street in Sparta Place in Brunswick.
To discover the collections and what material was used in 2019, take a tour.
Material used for research or special interest
Researchers and private individuals used the material displayed in the cabinets next to the Library Service Desk and within the Learning Hub:
- East Timor, the impact of integration: an Indonesian socio-anthropological study
- Fretilin: the origins, ideologies and strategies of a nationalist movement in East Timor
- Women and politics in Papua New Guinea
- Meeting the challenge: selected statements on Papua and New Guinea during 1966
- The truth about the unemployed agitation of 1890
- Survival on the dole: a guide to retrenched & unemployed workers, March 1985
- The Battler: paper of the International Socialists
- Communist policy on the aborigines of Australia/draft for discussion
- I was one of the unemployed
Individual items requested
Some individual items requested by researchers and other institutions such as the National Library of Australia include:
- From Curtin to Kerr
- The Lifeblood of Footscray: working lives at the Angliss Meatworks
- Final report/Coode Island Review Panel
- Collections of a century: the history of the first hundred years of the National Museum of Victoria
- A Voz de Timor
- Juliette/the Marquis de Sade
- Billy Bunter's first case/by Frank Richards
- The primer
- The accumulation of capital/by Rosa Luxemburg
- A life within a life/Zelman Cowen
These items and more are on display in the cabinets close to the IT Kiosk and near the lift.
The full list of items on display can be viewed on the Special Collections Library Guide.