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What We Collect

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (RHSV) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting Victoria’s history. The RHSV will collect research material relating to Victoria from European arrival to the present day with a particular emphasis on Melbourne.

The RHSV recognises that it is a custodian of the material entrusted to it for preservation for future generations. It is therefore committed to ensuring that the collection is properly catalogued and stored in such a way as to be accessible to the members and the public, under supervision, and available for loan to other institutions when deemed appropriate.

Donating Items

We accept donations  that adhere to our collection aims, which will be assessed for suitability for the collection. Generally, we are interestested in collecting research material (books, documents, images, periodicals, newspapers etc.) that are concerned with Victorian history. It is our current policy to not actively collect objects. For more detail about our collecting practices see Key Collection Themes and Items Collected sections.

If you would like to make a donation to the Society please read and complete the  Donating to the RHSV – information form or contact the Collections Manager by email

Key Collection Themes

  • Political life
  • Domestic life
  • Family life
  • Education
  • Local history
  • Recreation and social life
  • Religion
  • Working life
  • Ethnic groups
  • Transport
  • Architecture and the built environment
  • Natural environment and geography

Items Collected

  • Primary sources (e.g. diaries, minutes, correspondence, speeches)
  • Documents (e.g. land titles, wills, records of legal)
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Ephemera (e.g. menus, timetables, articles of apprenticeship)
  • Local history newsletters, journals and meeting notes
  • Manuscripts
  • Video, digital, audio records
  • Multimedia, DVDs and CD ROMs