UNSW Archives are used by many different people for a wide variety of reasons - from information and fact checking on UNSW history to the obtaining of UNSW historical photos and video. 

Below is a small sample of the numerous projects in which the Archives' collection has aided in providing key background information or helped to enhance through photos and other media.

  • In 2024 issues of the Tharunka Women's Issue from the Archives were used for the Liberating History: 50 Years of Tharunka’s Women’s Issue exhibition, held in UNSW Paddington Library.

  • In 2023 material from the Archives was used in the SBS documentary on Pat O’Shane - Rebel with a Cause.

  • Over 2022 - 2024 the Archives participated as a partner in the Celebrating UNSW Women project, by being the source of the background information, photos and videos.

  • The Archives has provided photographs that have been used in UNSW Instagram reels, including Campus things that no longer existUNSW Animals: Clancy the LionUNSW RoundhouseCathy Harris Pat O’ShaneThen vs Now and June Griffith.

    See #unswarchives for all the photos obtained from the Archives on Instagram.

  • In 2022 the Archives provided photographs that were included in a photo gallery to celebrate the UNSW Alumni Awards' 50th Years of Trailblazers.

  • In 2022 the NSW Teachers Federation Library requested UNSW Archives' photograph of Professor Wilma Radford to illustrate their catalogue entry for her, as well as to display in the Library.

  • In 2021 the Archives provided photographs to the Faculty of Law & Justice for a Photo Gallery to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

  • Photographs from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate historical UNSW activities, events and buildings on UNSW's TikTok.

  • In 2019 UNSW Alumni produced a timeline and video to celebrate the university's 70th anniversary, using many photographs from the Archives' collection.

  • In 2019, the Performance Memories blog used images from the Archives to illustrate their story on Sir Tyrone Guthrie’s production of King Oedipus in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium in 1970. In 2020 this was followed by a second article that again used material from UNSW Archives to provide further information on Sir Tyrone Guthrie and the King Oedipus production.

  • Photographs from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate historical UNSW activities and buildings on the UNSW Library Facebook page. These include aerial views of the Kensington campus, as well as student activities. 

  • Photos and excerpts of film from the Archives have been used in the historical sections of UNSW TV's video A new "Round House" for UNSW!
    The video celebrates the official reopening of the Roundhouse on 15 March 2018, following extensive refurbishment.

  • Photos from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate the profiles of two Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) life members.

    Ian Dunn previously worked in UNSW's School of Physics, while Alan Prosser was from the School of Chemistry.

  • Photographs from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate historical UNSW activities, events and buildings on the UNSW Alumni Facebook page.

    These include a wide range of images - from various shots of both the interior and exterior of the Roundhouse to a 1960s Educational Research Unit Christmas party.

  • Historical photos from the Archives were used to illustrate part of the 2017 Donor Impact Report

    The photos were included to identify the recent developments and upgrades to the various buildings on Kensington Campus that have been achieved due to the generosity of the donor community.

  • Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Emeritus Professor W. E. "Darty" Glover passed away on 29 August 2017.

    The Archives were visited by the UNSW Media Office to gather background information and photos for Professor Glover's obituary, later published in the UNSW Newsroom.

  • In May 2017 the book UNSW: Australia's Global University by Mick Le Moignan was launched. The book "showcases the tireless work of those who established UNSW's earliest international student exchanges and foundation programs, and the visionary academics and researchers who have made international programs such a central part of their work". 

    Many of the photos featured throughout the book were provided by the Archives.

  • In March 2017 the Archives were visited by a Blitz reporter to discover more about the Archives and its holdings. The focus was on material that would be of particular interest to UNSW students, including the history of Blitz magazine.

    The Blitz article on the visit is available at Blitz Interview.

  • In March 2017 the UNSW Business School organised an event and multimedia exhibition to celebrate the Australian Graduate School of Management's 40th anniversary - using photos, audio-visual material, publications, oral histories and other records from the Archives. 

    The result can be viewed at AGSM 40th Anniversary.

  • In May 1996 former Prime Minister Paul Keating took up the position of Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UNSW.

    On 11 November 1996 he gave his second university lecture, entitled "For the New Australia", to a full house at Clancy Auditorium. An account of the lecture is available in an article in Uniken - 22 November 1996.

    A video of the lecture is held in the Archives. Following a recent request it has been digitised, with a small excerpt made available online.

  • In 2016 UNSW TV undertook the Roundhouse Memories project

    The project includes interviews with UNSW alumni on their memories of the Roundhouse over the years. Images from the Archives are used throughout the footage.

  • In August 2015 the book Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein - The Kensington Colleges by Claire Scobie was launched by former UNSW Vice Chancellor and Basser resident John Niland. 

    The book features many photos and other background information on the Colleges, as obtained from the Archives.

  • In 2014 UNSW TV produced UNSW Through Time. The footage transforms a number of Archives' 1960s photographs of the Kensington Campus into their 2014 equivalent.