Cultural Advice

Aboriginal Peoples are advised the Library Collection contains images, voices and names of deceased people in physical and online resources.

The Library recognises the significance of the traditional cultural knowledges contained within its Collection. The Library acknowledge some materials contain language that may not reflect current attitudes, was published without consent or recognition, or, is offensive. These materials reflect the views of the authors and/or the period in which they were produced and do not represent the views of the Library.

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Social Work Historical Collection

The Social Work Historical Collection was established by the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia to collect material about the history of social work in South Australia. It includes material donated from researchers at the three South Australian universities and social work practitioners in the government and non-government welfare sector. Donors include: Clare Withers, Elaine Martin, Dale Bagshaw, Margaret Brown, Judith Pink, Cynthia Duncan, Geraldine Jones, Marie Mune and the Anglican Social Welfare Library.

The Collection includes published and unpublished material including reports, papers, policies, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings and audio recordings including oral interviews as well as a collection of books. Study guides and notes from former social work students and lecturers are also included.

Image - Archival boxes, UniSA Library 2021

Access and explore the collection

The Collection is housed at the University of South Australia Mawson Lakes Campus. Access is by appointment only. 

Contact Ask the Library to make an appointment or for more information. 

You can explore the Collection through the Publications Box List and the Archival Box List available from the Special Collections Catalogue.

Picture - Stack of books from the Social Work Historical Collection, UniSA Library 2021

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