The Regional Archive of the Victoria University Library preserves the records of individuals and 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.

What's in the collection

One of the organisations whose records are preserved in the Regional Archive is the Union of Australian Women (UAW). UAW was established in 1950 with its stated aims being to advance the status of women as citizens, workers and mothers, to improve the life of women and their families and the well-being of children in a world free from war.

The Regional Archive contains:

Access to the Regional Archive

The Regional Archive is research material, the items cannot be borrowed, but may be viewed on appointment.

To access material in the collection, please email our Special Collections librarians. You will receive an emailed response within five working days (Monday–Friday) and a suitable time will be arranged.

You can view the items in the Special Collections reading room on level 4 of the Footscray Park campus library.

Email: [email protected].

Contact us

The Special Collections at Victoria University are currently closed to all visitors.

You can still contact the Special Collections Librarians with your questions.

Email: [email protected]