Special Collection – History of the Catholic Church in Australia
A special collection of books, manuscripts and artefacts on the history of Catholicism in Australia. This diverse collection includes both ecclesiastical and social history.
The ACU Special Collection is a historical archive of books, manuscripts and artefacts relating to the history of the Catholic Church in Australia. The goal of the collection is to preserve and commemorate the rich and diverse social history of Australian Catholicism.
Liturgical and formal printing relating to the Catholic Church in Australia from early colonial times to the present is well represented. Some of the great achievements of Australian Catholics are also highlighted. A number of ground-breaking intellectual works by Australian Catholics are given prominence in the collection, which is replete with literature, poetry and creative writing.
In addition to rare books, manuscript materials and historical artefacts which illuminate the history of Catholicism in Australia, the University seeks to acquire publications and other items that recognise the significant contributions of people traditionally overlooked or marginalised in historical records. These include Catholic women during the nineteenth century, and Indigenous authors.
In the future, the ACU Special Collection will have a strong online presence. Given that a large number of the materials are rare and unique, the University will look to digitise the content so that the collection can serve as a focal point for researchers in Australia and internationally.