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Deakin University Archives

The University Archives collects and maintains records of and relating to Deakin University and its predecessor institutions. These have been appraised as having permanent value as evidence of university business and activities or are determined to have a specific research or teaching value in an area of particular importance or relevance to the university. This includes:

  • the official records of the University such as Council, Academic Board and of the many administrative offices which control the functions of the university,
  • records of significant people associated with the university such as those of founding Dean of Humanities Max Charlesworth,
  • records of significant institutions, organisations and societies associated with the University, including Deakin's student associations.
  • records relating to areas of particular importance or relevance to the university that are considered to benefit teaching and research activities. Examples include the records of the Fourth University Committee, and the Football Federation of Victoria archive.

The University Archives provides services which make those records accessible to the University community, to researchers and to the general public.

Records of antecedent institutions held by the Archives include those of:

  • Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education
  • Geelong Teachers’ College
  • The Gordon Institute
  • Victoria College
  • Burwood Teachers’ College
  • Burwood State College
  • Glendonald
  • Glenbervie
  • Toorak Teachers’ College
  • Toorak State College
  • Mercer House
  • Monash Teachers’ College
  • Rusden State College
  • Prahran Technical School
  • Prahran College of Advanced Education

Read more about our antecedents at the History of Deakin site.

Information for Researchers

Archives staff handle most enquiries via telephone and email. Records are made available to staff, students and outside researchers in the reference area by appointment.

Citing the University Archives

When reproducing or referring to University Archives in a publication or paper an archives citation can be abbreviated or expanded and should identify:

  • the archives institution holding the record
  • the record series of which the record is part
  • the record item itself (if available)

Examples of citations

Elements of citationExpandedAbbreviated
InstitutionDeakin University Archives DUA
Record Series Series 34, Council minutes and papers, 1971-1981DUS 34
Record Item Item 2 Council papers 1971Item 2

Information for Staff

Archives staff handle enquiries related to the University's records via telephone and email. Records can be made available onsite by appointment.

Archives staff provide an appraisal service to all university faculties, departments and centres to determine records of permanent value which can be transferred to the Archives.

Archives staff are also available to assist with course-based teaching and learning strategies, using our collections as subject matter for student engagement. We can tailor our involvement to suit, from one-off classes on archival research to ongoing supervision of archives-based projects.

Enquiries are also welcome from academic staff who would like guidance about the transfer of records they no longer require for their own use.

Archival projects

Online Exhibitions

Online Resources

Copyright information

Deakin University makes all reasonable efforts to assess copyright and contact copyright holders for permission where it is required.  If you believe your work has been reproduced without appropriate permission please review the instructions available here.