The Regional Archive of the Victoria University Library preserves the records of individuals and organisations from the western region of Melbourne. It is located in room P402 at Victoria University's Footscray Park Campus Library.
History of the Regional Archive
The VU Library Regional Archive preserves the records of individuals or organisations from the western region of Melbourne. The Library does not hold or collect historical material relating to Victoria University or its predecessors. This material is held by VU Archives.
Regional Archive Collecting Policy
These records are acquired by donation. VU library will not accept collections of records unless accompanied by funding for cataloguing, processing and storage. Generally records acquired for the Regional Archive will complement research areas in the University. Currently these research areas focus on left-wing political groups, including the Australian Communist Party, and community groups involved in urban and social planning.
Access to the Regional Archive
The Library Regional Archive is a closed access collection. Material must be used under supervision and requests for access should be made to the Librarian responsible for the collection, Linda Forbes. Researchers seeking access must comply with the Library Regional Archive access rules and any other conditions stipulated by the donor.
What's in the Collection?
- Papers of the Union of Australian Women 1950 - 2005
- Neville Hill Papers 1960 - 1990
- Griffiths Papers: [Campaign for a University for the Western Region] 1985-89
- Kensington History of Community Organisations Project documents and videos 1975-1995
- Parer Papers: Documents relating to Michael Parer's 1968 ABC TV documentary, 'A Tiny Ship in Space' about the Catholic-Communist dialogue in Australia
- Western Region Centre for Working Women Co-operative Ltd documents 1976-88
- Western Region Commission documents 1975-87
- WESTDOC: document numbers 14 - 1525 (some missing)