The History of Primary Education in South Australia Collection was created to facilitate research in South Australian educational history.
The Collection has over 8000 items used to teach in South Australian Primary Schools throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The core of the Collection consists of textbooks, readers, audiovisual, kit resources and curriculum documents along with 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 also forms part of the Collection. Some Collection material is fragile and rare, and access is at the discretion of the Special Collections Coordinator.
The Collection was started in 1972 by academic and library staff at the Wattle Park Teachers' College, a predecessor institution of the University of South Australia.
Access and explore the collection
The Collection is housed in an offsite warehouse. UniSA students and staff are able to borrow items from the Collection for a maximum of four weeks. Please place a hold through Ask the Library and the item will be sent to your nominated campus.
All other access is by appointment only. Contact Ask the Library to make an appointment.