• 20 October 2021, 9:00am to 21 February 2022, 9:00am

While Special Collections at Victoria University remain closed, watch a series of videos about Special Collections as a valuable research resource and discover the range of items within our unique collections.

Special Collections

The Special Collections consist of many unique research collections comprising books, journals, pamphlets and archival papers.

Watch VU Special Collections overview

While the Special Collections are currently closed to all visitors, you can email your questions to the Special Collections Librarians: [email protected]

PNG & the Pacific Collection

The strengths of the PNG & the Pacific collection are: economics, development and trade, statistical data, governance and administration, language and linguistics, education, culture, society and history.

Watch PNG & the Pacific collection video

Radical Literature Collection

The Radical Literature collection is a useful research resource for the study of social issues related to radical groups in Australia. The majority of the material relates to the Communist Party of Australia.

Watch Radical Literature collection video

Rare & Valuable Books Collection

The Rare and Valuable Books collection, also known as The Special Collection, contains mostly books about Australian literature, Australian history and Australian art. There are also some books about music, anthropology, local history and town planning, as well as few rare collector's items on European history and literature.

Watch The Special Collection video

Ray Verrills Collection

The Ray Verrills collection is an essential research collection for the study of Australian literature or left-wing politics and philosophy in Australia from the 1940s onwards.

Watch Ray Verrills collection video

Regional Archive – Union of Australian Women

The Regional Archive contains the records of the Union of Australian Women (UAW): committee documents, conference proceedings, publications, materials relating to campaigns and activism, and biographical and historical records.

Watch Union of Australian Women archive video

Ruth & Maurie Crow Collection

Ruth & Maurie Crow collection consists of printed material and working papers on various themes: suburban communities and neighbourhoods, social welfare, health, children's services, housing, transport, and women’s issues.

Watch Ruth & Maurie Crow collection video

The Rationalist Collection

The Rationalist collection contains books, pamphlets and journals on a diverse range of subjects including Australian history, Australian politics, education, theology, economics, civil society and anthropology.

Watch The Rationalist collection video

Timor-Leste Collection

The strengths of the Timor-Leste collection are: economics, development and trade, politics, governance and administration, education, culture, society and history.

Watch Timor-Leste collection video

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