Scope and Content of the Collection

The records in the collection generally span from 1922 to 1971 (however there are also several records from the 1980s to 2011). As well as the published newsletters, these records include original photographs, prints, negatives, architectural drawings and plans, correspondence, notes and papers that document the history of architectural developments in Australia and the history of the Cross Section Digitisation Project.

About the Project

In 2012, the records in the Cross Section Collection were formally documented in a joint project run by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, the Architecture Building and Planning Library, and the eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) at The University of Melbourne. This work involved the registration, description and digitisation of the Cross Section newsletters and the original photographs that were published in the newsletters. This work was carried out by Victoria Gurr who published the first incarnation of the open and online Cross Section Finding Aid. In 2018, the remaining records in the collection were formally documented and incorporated into the Finding Aid by ESRC Archivist Winsome Adam in collaboration with Architecture Librarian Sophie Kollo. During this work, the entirety of the records in the Cross Section Collection was registered and documented and the Finding Aid was regenerated into its current form. The physical collection comprises 22 photograph folders and 14 boxes. The collection is housed in the Architecture Library at The University of Melbourne in Parkville, VIC. Requests for access to the physical collection should be made to the Architecture Building and Planning Library.


This guide has been created and made freely available on the web for non-commercial purposes on the condition that users who would like to copy or quote material from the guide attribute it in the ways outlined below. You may print or download any of the low resolution digitised images that you find in the guide and use them for research or study.

Copyright for the archival materials themselves is - as with all archival collections - inevitably complex and varies from country to country. Researchers wishing to publish material from this collection in any form will need to seek the appropriate copyright permissions.

Preferred Citation

To cite this guide, an acceptable form would be: Gurr, V., Adam, W. and Kollo, S. (2018) Finding Aid to The Cross-Section Collection. The eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne. [URL and date accessed].
Published by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and the eScholarship Research Centre,
Listed by Victoria Gurr, Winsome Adam and Sophie Kollo
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Updated 20 August 2018

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