Special & Rare Collections

Special & Rare collection at the UTAS Library

The Special & Rare Collections manages and provides access to the cultural and historical records of the University as well as private papers and records from individuals; families; local businesses; community, charitable and cultural organisations; and The Royal Society of Tasmania Collection. It consists of special and rare books and early manuscripts; journals; maps; university records of a non-business nature; and private materials including diaries, letters, photographs, paintings and other collectable ephemera. Some of the material from our collections has been digitised and can be viewed on the Library Open Repository (ePrints)

 

 
Rare Book Collection
The Rare Book Collection is housed in the restricted-access Rare Room. The Collection comprises more than 8500 books and journals from a range of sub-collections including Christ College, Dunbabin, Baikie, Quaker, Royal Society of Tasmania (more than 2000 rare books and serials), St John Fisher College, Franklin, Walker plus other donated or acquired rare materials. Most of the rare books have been catalogued however much of the Christ Collection rare book and manuscript collection remains uncatalogued.

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  • UTAS Library Catalogue to locate Rare books and journals 
  • Manual indexes to the Christ College rare book collection are located in the Special & Rare Collections Reading Room

Access to the Rare Book Collections

Most rare materials are available for viewing and consultation in the Special & Rare Reading Room. Some materials may require access permission prior to viewing so we suggest you contact staff before visiting. 


The Royal Society of Tasmania Logo

The Royal Society of Tasmania (RST) Library is maintained by the UTAS Library. The Collection comprises a diverse range of 5000+ books and 650 journal titles (some held on open-access shelves and others in the restricted Rare Room), early maps and many early 19th century private family deposit collections. Its flagship journal, The RST Papers & Proceedings, is held in both paper and electronic formats. The RST Library also holds approximately 2000 rare and early manuscripts and books, including the oldest printed book (c1472) in Tasmania.

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Access to the The RST Collection
Most of The RST rare materials are available for viewing and consultation in the Special & Rare Reading Room. Some materials may require access permission prior to viewing so we suggest you contact staff before visiting.

Access to the Level 5 open-access part of The RST Collection is available in the Morris Miller Library, 9-5 Monday to Friday.  Loan conditions, fall under the  UTAS Library rules. Members of The Royal Society may borrow from the University Library as Non-UTAS Borrowers. No fee is charged for Members.

Loan Policy
Monograph (Book) not for loan
Serials (unbound) not for loan
Serials (bound)

3 day loan period -
The Royal Society members, University staff and postgraduate students only

The Royal Society of Tasmania website

Quaker Collection

The Quaker (ie. Society of Friends) Collection, estimated to be the finest collection of Quaker materials in the Southern Hemisphere, was transferred to the UTAS Library Special and Rare Collections in 1971. It consists of more than 2500 volumes plus a diverse collection of early Quaker family letters, photographs, diaries, Society of Friends minutes and other materials on religious and social matters by and of interest to Quakers.

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Quaker Life in Tasmania - the first hundred years, by Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania Library, 2007 (Book Order Form - PDF 768 KB)

 History of the Quaker Collection (by a former UTAS Special Collections Librarian)

Access to the Quaker Collection 

Most Quaker rare materials are available for viewing and consultation in the Reading Room. Some materials may require access permission prior to viewing so we suggest you contact staff before visiting. Access to the Level 5 open-access part of the Quaker Collection is available for "library use only" in the Morris Miller Library, 9-5 Monday to Friday.

Private Deposit Collection

The Private Deposit Collections include materials from private individuals, families, charities, organisations and local business records relating to the intellectual, cultural and commercial life of early Tasmania.

Collections include: Andrew Inglis Clark, Quaker families (Cotton, Walker, Backhouse), Dr George Fordyce Story, Archer, Boyes, Leake, Pink, Midwood, Baptist Union and many other special collections.

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Access the Private Deposits
Most Private Deposit materials are available for viewing and consultation in the Special & Rare Reading Room. Some Private Deposits, such as the Baptist Union records, require access permission prior to viewing so we suggest you contact staff before visiting.

University Collection 

The University records include: an extensive staff and student photograph collection; photographic slides, glass negatives and lantern slides;  UTAS Letters Patent; architectural drawings and campus photographs; newsletters and magazines; oral histories; calendars and other older records and ephemeral materials of non- business nature. 

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Christ College Collection (a sub-collection within the University Records)

 

Many of the Rare Christ College books and manuscripts remain uncatalogued. Interested persons may like to view the exhibition From Manuscript to Print  or the Library Open Repository (ePrints) collection of images and email special.collections@utas.edu.au to organise a viewing time.

The UTAS photo collection (predominantly 1960-80s) remains uncatalogued. 

Access to the University Records Collections

Materials are open for viewing and consultation in the Special & Rare Reading Room.

Library reading room 

The Special and Rare Collections is located on Level 5 of the Morris Miller Library on the Sandy Bay Campus

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Contact 
Phone number +61 3 6226 2222
Email Special.Collections@utas.edu.au
Postal address Private Bag 25 Hobart 7001
Service Manager Natasha Watts
Opening hours
Monday - Wednesday 9.30am-12.00 & 2.00pm- 4.00pm