University appoints new Archivist to head Australia's largest non-government archive

February 11 / 54

By Kate Hannah

Former curator of the History of Science at the British Library Dr Katrina Dean has begun work as the new University Archivist.

Her appointment comes soon after the University celebrated the archive’s 50th anniversary.

Dr Dean has an impressive background, with experience working with the National Archives of Australia and the University’s Australian Science Archives Project,  the fore-runner of the current eScholarship Research Centre.

A recent arrival from the United Kingdom, Dr Dean said she was excited to be living in Melbourne and working at the archive’s Brunswick repository.

“University of Melbourne Archives was a key resource for my PhD research on the history of Australian physics,” she said.

“It’s a privilege to now have the opportunity to lead the development, custodianship and promotion of the use of this remarkable collection.”

Dr Dean has written several scholarly articles, and has been involved with various projects including the British Library Treasures Gallery, the Digital Lives Research Project, and the digitisation of the Antarctic diaries of the explorer Robert Scott. 

She holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge as well as qualifications from the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania.

The University’s archives contain a collection which extends for more than18 kilometres, offering researchers at the University and beyond access to a rich array of materials and resources.

Records comprise of a wide range of mostly unpublished material including correspondence, diaries, meeting minutes, research notes, sales and production data, financial records, newsletters, ephemera, plans, audio tapes, films, videos, photographs and objects.

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