Journal of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects now available through ABP Library

June 15 / 159


The University of Melbourne’s University Digitisation Centre has recently digitised the full collection of the Journal of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects from the time the Institute was formed in 1903 until 1942.


The Journal of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects is a quarterly magazine published by the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects (RVIA) in alliance with the Royal Institute of British Architects, and represents a strong historic chronicle of the largest architectural institute in Victoria.


Julie Willis, Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, says it is a fantastic research tool to have readily available to a global audience.


“Students can use it to complete research projects and the wider public can also use it to get a snapshot of the early 20th century architecture profession in Australia”, she said.


Hard copy collections of the Journal, mostly incomplete, are currently only available through the National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, State Library of NSW and Deakin University Library, but the ABP Library has the only full collection digitised for a span of 39 years.


“The collection is a documentary source you couldn’t construct in other ways. There were few other architecture journals available in Australia at that time and none others in Victoria covering this period, so it is a very unique collection for understanding architecture in Australia, and particularly Victoria,” she said.


“As a historical document it’s very important that future architects have access to this collection, because it documents the activities of one of the key governing bodies overseeing architectural activity across Victoria over a thirty nine year period. Having it available digitally is a great research boon to students and members of the public interested in architecture.”


Professor Willis said the Journal was made available through the strong connections the Faculty had with the Institute, which was disbanded in 1968 and subsumed by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.  



“The RVIA Library donated its collection to the Faculty and the Journal came as a part of that.”


The project links to the Library’s ambition to unlock the collections.


Access the Journal here.


Story by Louisa Deasey 

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