The Architecture, Building and Planning Rare Material Collection is composed of rare, valuable or fragile materials and has strong holdings representing individual architects and architectural firms as well as local architectural history. The Collection includes 19th and 20th century material such as seminal architectural texts, collections of major Melbourne architects and planners, original drawings, sketchbooks and scrapbooks, and a substantial thesis collection. Although many of the items were acquired by the University from the 1850s onwards, the Collection largely has its origins in the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects Library collection that was transferred to the University of Melbourne in 1969. Significant materials have been bequeathed to the University over a long period, particularly from the estates of architects.
For further information on the collection contact the Architecture, Building and Planning Library, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, T: (03) 8344 7053.