Law & Politics collections at the University of Melbourne Archives


The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) holds an extensive and wide range of law-related records. Collections include many from Victorian legal firms, individual lawyers and judges, professional bodies and records from the University's own Faculty of Law and from Faculty academics.

Explore the UMA's law collection guides


Political collections held by the UMA include records of political parties such as the Communist Party of Australia, the Liberal Party of Australia and various metropolitan and country branches of the Australian Labor Party. These are complimented by the personal papers of various individuals within these organisations: politicians, political activists and many others.

Various movements and lobby groups are also well documented in the UMA's holdings. For more details browse the Community and Political, Individuals and Organisations collection categories of the UMA's online catalogue.

UMA also has significant strength in its holdings relating to the peace movement with collections of archival records from a range of organizations and individuals that span the anti-fascist peace movement of the 1930s up until the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s. For more information see the UMA's Peace Movement subject guide.