This blog is designed to display some of the more interesting and unusual items held by the University of Adelaide Archives.
Many of these highlight links between world-renowned people, places and events and the University of Adelaide. However, we not only want to include records relating to the great figures and achievements associated with the University, but also material that is quirky, humorous, or illustrative of aspects of the social or cultural history of the institution over time.
Each post contains information on the location of the record within the collection and some discussion of its context and meaning. We would be delighted if you have additional information, corrections or reflections on what is presented – this can be added to the comments section below each post or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggestions on what types of records might be included are also welcome.
The University of Adelaide Archives collection dates back to the 1870s and includes records related to the University’s governance, teaching programs, staff, students, clubs and societies. Its website includes many reference aids, as well as a Guide to Records that contains a full listing of archival holdings. There is also a link to the Series 169 Digital Archive where digitised records from one of the oldest series in the Archives including correspondence relating to the establishment of the University of Adelaide and its early years of operation can be viewed.