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Australians in the Spanish Civil War

Did you know about the Australian nurses, fighters and others who supported the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War? Find records about them in our subject guide.

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Current Exhibition

High Street Dreams - shops and shopping in the early days is our current exhibition. September 2015 - March 2016, ANU Archives Reading Room, Menzies Building.

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Sources for research: the First World War, 1914-1918

The Archives has many sources of information about the first world war 1914. Some of our company records show how Australian companies contributed to the war effort. Many trade unions were active during the war in areas such as the conscription debate.

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Treasures of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre holds many treasures among its twenty kilometres of records and some of these are recognised by listing on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

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Note that the ANU Archives will be closed from 14 December 2015 to 3 January 2016 with a limited reference service between 14 and 24 December. The ANU Archives will reopen on Monday 4 Jan 2016.

The ANU Archives collects and preserves the University's own archives, the Pacific Research Archives, the National AIDS Archive Collection and the Noel Butlin Archives Centre. These records are available for all researchers not just ANU staff and students. 

Search the Archives collection


Search results will appear in a new browser window. The database includes information about all deposits and series, the organisations and people who created them, and 55% of lists of items as at October 2015. The Help page gives more information about how to use the database.

Noel Butlin archives

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre (NBAC) collects business and labour records from Australian companies, trade unions, industry bodies and professional organisations.

University archives

The University Archives hold a range of material dating from the late 1920s relating to the history of The Australian National University.


Pacific archives

The Pacific Research Archives (PRA) at the Australian National University is the premier Australian centre for research and teaching resources on the Pacific.


aids archive

The National AIDS Archive Collection (NAAC) documents the history of AIDS education and prevention and related concerns in all Australian states, territories and nationally.

Events & exhibitions




High Street Dreams - shops and shopping in the early days is our current exhibition.

Explore shopping by mail order, elegant department stores, the arrival of chain stores such as Penneys, how the car changed the way we shopped and get an idea of working conditions for shop assistants.


See our exhibitions page for more information.



Updated:  26 November 2015/Responsible Officer:  University Archivist/Page Contact:  ANU Archives