About the Archives and Access

The University Archives were established in October 1991, the centenary year of the Hawkesbury campus, to collect and preserve initially the archival material of the Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury and its predecessor institutions, the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury, the Hawkesbury Agricultural College and the Hawkesbury Agricultural College of Advanced Education.

In January 2001 the University began operating as a single multi-campus university, after a major restructure. The impact of the restructure on the Archives resulted in an expansion of its collection policy to encompass all six campuses of the University - Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Penrith.

The University Archives are part of Records and Archives Management Services (RAMS) in the Office of Governance Services, responsible for the care and preservation of the corporate records of the Western Sydney University and its predecessors. In addition to capturing and maintaining official university records, the Archives also seeks to acquire records and memorabilia from individuals and groups associated with the University and the wider Western Sydney community.

The Archives also maintains a large photographic collection, maps and plans, publications, and significant items of interest.


The majority of material is openly available to researchers. However, some collections have access restrictions placed upon them by depositors or legislative requirements.

Information is supplied by mail, phone, fax and email. Charges may apply for copies of photographs and documents. Photocopying is subject to the fragility of the records and to copyright or donor restrictions.

Simple enquiries may be conducted by Archives' staff on behalf of the researcher.

More complex research will need to be undertaken by the researcher. Archives staff will give assistance to help locate the records that are relevant to the research.

Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast

The publication of direct quotations, excerpts, and images from Archives' collections requires permission. Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast materials from the University Archives must be requested and granted in writing by the University Archivist or the Manager, RAMS.

If the materials in question are protected by copyright, permission to publish must be sought from the owners of the rights. It is the responsibility of the requester to secure permission from the copyright holder. If the Archives is identified as the copyright holder, the Archives will give a non-exclusive right to publication upon review of the application. Further republication will require reapplication for permission to publish.

Please send requests for permission to publish to archives@westernsydney.edu.au
Please be sure to submit permission requests well in advance of the publication date.


The University Archives office is currently located in Building K7 Hawkesbury Campus.

Visiting Hours

Access to the Exhibition and research facilities are available by appointment at the following times:

Monday to Friday - 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm

Closed during University closedown periods (Including between Christmas and New Year) and Public Holidays.

Contact us

Western Sydney University Archivist
Cathie Lester