Archives and Special Collections: Archival Collections

Archival Collections

Introduction to the Archival Collections

The Library has a diverse range of Archival Collections. These Collections contribute to a rich political, social and public health history of Australia, with a particular focus on South Australia.

They include the Collection of Bob Hawke (the first Prime Minister of Australia born in South Australia) and a number of prominent South Australians and support areas of interest to UniSA’s students, staff, researchers and the general public.

These Collections contain rare, fragile, archival and culturally sensitive material and are housed at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library, City West and Mawson Lakes campuses.

Archival material is not available for loan, some collection items have been digitised and may be accessed by searching the Special Collections Catalogue. Access to material in the Library is by appointment, contact Ask the Library for more information.

For further information, explore the Collections by selecting the relevant tile below.

Discover our Collections

Details of the contents of the Archival Collections, along with digitised copies of selected items, can be searched using the search box below or by visiting the Special Collections Catalogue.

Archival records can also be browsed within Collection Discovery.


To search across the collections, type in keywords relating to the Archival Collection of interest.

Results can be refined using the 'Tweak my results' menu on the left hand side, for example by date range, collection, or subject. To view material that has been digitised, use the filter for Full Text Online.

Access to Archival Collections is by appointment, please contact Ask the Library.

Navigate to Bob Hawke Collection page  Navigate to Alexander Downer Collection page  Navigate to Rosemary Crowley Collection page  Navigate to Basil Hetzel Collection page

Navigate to De Lissa Association Collection page  Navigate to Chris Hurford Collection page  Navigate to Sir Eric Neal Collection page  Navigate to Lowitja Donoghue Collection page

Navigate to Christopher Pyne Collection page  Navigate to Gregor Ramsey Collection page  Navigate to Social Work Historical Collection page  Navigate to Archival Research Guide