Archives and Special Collections: History of Primary Education in South Australia (HOPE)

History of Primary Education in South Australia

HOPE collection; Image source: UniSA Library

Collection Overview

The HOPE collection was created for the purpose of facilitating research in South Australian educational history. The collection was started in 1972 by academic and library staff at the Wattle Park Teachers' College, which was one of the predecessor institutions to the University of South Australia.

The HOPE collection includes over 7000 items which were used in South Australian Primary Schools from the 19th Century. These include textbooks, curriculum documents, audiovisual and kit material. The collection also includes a small sample of teachers' lesson plans, school roll books and students' copy books.  

Non-fiction material published in or about South Australia and developed for primary education and with educational research significance, is included in the collection. The collection includes electronic formats. Material is added to the collection when it is removed from the Library's Teacher Resource collection. Some collection material is very fragile and rare and access is at the discretion of the Manager, Library Services. 

Access Conditions

Location: Offsite Warehouse

Access: Available to UniSA staff and students

Community Access:  contact Ask the Library

Loan: 4 weeks with no renewals

Explore the Collection through the Special Collections Catalogue.

Request an item by placing a hold and then it will be retrieved from the repository and sent to the nominated campus (expected retrieval time is 48 hours).