The Ruth and Maurie Crow collection contains:
- approximately 2000 books and 700 pamphlets
- working papers
- news clippings
- educational aids
- other miscellaneous materials.
Themes across the material include suburban communities and neighbourhoods, social welfare, health, children's services, housing, transport, and women’s issues. The Crow collection has been extended by many donations and unique material from the Victoria University Library.
The collection includes personal papers of Ruth and Maurie Crow, the archives of the Crow Collection Association, and research files from the Crow Collection Library. Many research files in this collection complement the research files already listed in the Victoria University Library index Classified listing of cuttings and unpublished material.
Some of the unpublished material include:
- alternative plans to the MMBW 1972 Metropolitan Plan
- material on the campaigns against freeways and urban renewal in the 1970s
- the inner urban action movement from 1965 to 1990
- community planning and the preparation and implementation of the Melbourne City Council Strategy Plan from 1973 to 1987
- the development of community newspapers, community health services and neighbourhood houses
- the preparation of publications such as Seeds for Change, Nunawading Energy Study and Frayed Nerves or Freight Centres.
A digitisation project of significant unpublished and out of print material from the Crow Papers has made some documents available through Crow Papers category on the VU Research Repository.
Further information regarding the Ruth and Maurie Crow collection can be viewed on the VU Special Collections - how to access and use guide.