RMIT Archives Collection

RMIT Archives Collection

An ever-growing repository of records that help to tell the story of how RMIT has evolved from the Working Men's College in 1887 to the global university of today.

RMIT Archives Collection

An ever-growing repository of records that help to tell the story of how RMIT has evolved from the Working Men's College in 1887 to the global university of today.

RMIT Archives Collection

An ever-growing repository of records that help to tell the story of how RMIT has evolved from the Working Men's College in 1887 to the global university of today.

RMIT Archives Collection

An ever-growing repository of records that help to tell the story of how RMIT has evolved from the Working Men's College in 1887 to the global university of today.

RMIT Archives preserves and makes available an ever-growing repository of records that help to tell the story of how the institution has evolved from the Working Men's College in 1887 to the global university of today.

RMIT Archives operates as the institutional repository for university records that are evidence of the functions and activities performed throughout RMIT.  Our mission is to acquire, organise, preserve and publicise such materials and to assist researchers in their use.

Our collection spans from the commencement of the Working Men’s College in 1887 until present day, and includes records of predecessor entities. 

Digital resources

Contact

Visit by appointment

Location Melbourne Bundoora campusBuilding 202, Level 1

Address Plenty Rd and Clements Drv, Bundoora, Victoria

 

Contact us

Email archives@rmit.edu.au

Phone + 61 3 9925 6067

Twitter @RMITArchives

Postal address

RMIT Archives
PO Box 71
Bundoora Vic 3083
Australia    

Information to access RMIT archives

Information on how to access RMIT archives for students, staff and the general public. 

Our holdings relate to RMIT University (2002 onwards) and its predecessors and merged institutes and colleges. 

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Royal Melbourne Technical College
  • Melbourne Technical College 
  • Working Men’s College
  • Phillip Institute of Technology
  • Preston Institute of Technology
  • State College of Victoria at Coburg 
  • Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy
  • Melbourne College of Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Melbourne Institute of Textiles

Download the RMIT University family tree (PDF 16KB) for a complete list. 

The Public Record Office Victoria also holds some records for the above organisations.

Obtaining a copy of results, official transcript or certificate

The Exams, Awards and Graduations Unit co-ordinates such requests. Please consult the following for further information regarding the process:

RMIT Archives maintains a comprehensive collection of records and can assist with your search for historical course guides and information.

Obtaining course guides and information

Please email RMIT Archives with the following information (where known):

  • student name (as it was when you attended)
  • student number
  • program name and code
  • course names and numbers (and year each course/subject was studied)
  • your contact details

The course details will be scanned and emailed back to you. 

The RMIT University Archives Collection is open to staff, students and the general public. Some access restrictions may apply.

You may email RMIT Archives with the request particulars and your contact details.

Visits must be arranged with prior notification.

Access to RMIT records is provided in accordance with the RMIT Archives Collection Access Procedure.

Researchers will be required to comply with RMIT Archives Collection Access Requirements (DOCX 19KB, 1p) and complete the RMIT Archives Researcher Registration Form (DOCX 43KB, 1p) prior to or at the time of their visit.

Citing the University Archives

When reproducing or referring to archival records it is important to cite them accurately.

This enables other researchers to locate and use the record in the future and aids in the checking of sources.

An archives citation should identify:

  • The archives institution holding the record
  • The record series the record is part of
  • The record item itself (if available)

For example:

  • The institution: RMIT University Archives
  • Record series: S0001 RMIT University Council Minutes 1992 - 1999
  • Record item: SER-00003 Council Minutes 1995 - 1996 1/95 to 8/96

A citation can be abbreviated or expanded. For example, abbreviated for use on social media and expanded in a full bibliography.

Full citation

RMIT University Archives, S0001 RMIT University Council Minutes 1992 - 1999, SER-00003 Council Minutes 1995 - 1996 1/95 to 8/96

Brief citation

RMIT Archives, S0001, SER-00003

Copyright information

https://www.rmit.edu.au/library/study/copyright

Archives information for RMIT staff

Staff can find information about the management of RMIT records including transfer, retention, disposal and archiving here:

RMIT Archives information for staff (staff login required)

Image credits

Image 1: RMIT University Archives, S0047 Emily McPherson College Photographs c.1900 – 1979, EMC-193 Graduation Emily McPherson College April 1972

Image 2: RMIT University Archives, S0462 Photographic Collection, PH2.4.011:01 Francis Ormond School - North & East Sides 1940

Image 3: Rights Holder: Copyright © RMIT University. Photographer: Margund Sallowsky. RMIT Archive Facility 2009 90903-NA_Pano_001

Image 4: RMIT University Archives, S0653 Photographs 1920-2006, MISC-00015  Phillip Institute of Technology Bundoora campus c.1984

Image 5: RMIT University Archives, S0518 Artefacts, Oversized Objects and Ephemera, ART-00015 Leather bound certificate that was presented to Charles Stewart Paterson Esq. in recognition of valuable service to the Working Men's College 1903

Image 6: RMIT University Archives, S0462 Photographic Collection, PH3.4.002:01 Chemistry Laboratory Building 1 1900

Image 7: Copyright © RMIT University

Image 8: RMIT University Archives, S0462 Photographic Collection, PH6.1.008:01 Harold Brown, Art Department 1940

Image 9: Copyright © RMIT University

Image 10: RMIT University Archives, S0462 Photographic Collection, PH2.1.045:01 Working Men’s College Library Building 1 1900

Image 11: RMIT University Archives, S0047 Emily McPherson College Photographs c.1900 – 1979, EMC-193 Graduation Emily McPherson College April 1972

Images from RMIT University Archives Image Collection.

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 3.0 Australia. View a copy of this license

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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