The Regional Archive Collection

The Charles Sturt University Regional Archives collection, which spans over 4500 linear metres, is managed as five distinct parts: University Records, State Archives, Regional Records, The Page Research Centre Collection, and Genealogical Resources.

Our Search Room on the South Campus of the University is available to staff, students and the general public for research into the people, places and stories of the Riverina and Murray regions of New South Wales.

The archival collections have varying access conditions, so it is important to contact us before making arrangements to visit. And please see our Services page for more information about visiting the archives and requesting research help.

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Our Collections

University records

We are responsible for managing the archives of the University's divisions, offices, faculties and schools. We are also the caretakers of records from the precursor educational institutions of the University, stretching back to 1896.

State archives

We are the designated Regional Archives Centre for the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW in the Riverina and Murray areas. This role permits us to collect, house and make available the archives of state government agencies in this region.

Regional records

Our Regional Records Collection is comprised of private, non-government archives of historical interest created within our collecting region by businesses, professionals, community organisations, and individuals.

Page Research Centre Collection

We act on behalf of the Page Research Centre Library as the repository for a significant collection of archives and records created by the National Party and its precursor organisations - the Australian Country Party and the National Country Party.

Genealogical records

Our Search Room has a number of useful resources available for family history and local history research, including the Archives Resource Kit, the NSW Government Gazette, regional newspapers and a small library of local history books.

Access Conditions

The Charles Sturt University Regional Archives is open to all members of the public. However, those researchers wishing to use any part of the Collection should note that there are certain conditions we must abide by when making collections available for research.

  • State archives are normally available for public access 30 years after the date of the final transaction. In some cases, access conditions relating to state archives are much stricter (e.g. police records are closed for 100 years).
  • Before accessing state archives, researchers need to produce a current State Archives NSW Reader's Ticket. Tickets may be issued to anyone over the age of 15 years, provided that they have two forms of identification. More information...
  • Access conditions also vary with records from the 'Regional', 'Page' and 'University' Collections. Some depositors have not imposed access conditions at all, whereas others require written permission from the depositor before an item can be retrieved.

It is important to contact us about access conditions before making arrangements to visit.