University of Queensland Library - Fryer Library Manuscripts

Fryer Library manuscript collections

The Fryer Library manuscript collections consists of unpublished materials and includes personal papers, photographs, audio recordings, architectural plans, artworks and more. Manuscripts are generally arranged in collections according to who created or collected the material.

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Getting access to collection materials


University of Queensland (UQ) staff and students are already members. Fryer Library visitors without UQ identification must apply for free Fryer Library membership. This allows visitors access to requested materials only while in the FW Robinson Reading Room.

Access by appointment

Everyone has to make an appointment to access materials in the FW Robinson Reading Room. Bookings are made at least five days in advance to allow retrieval from offsite locations. Appointments are available Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm. After you book a time, your booking confirmation email will contain a link to request the material you'd like to see.

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Cultural advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that our manuscript material may contain images, voices, or names of persons now deceased. Information may be culturally sensitive for some individuals and communities.

If you would like to notify us of culturally sensitive information, you can follow the steps on Culturally sensitive collections, and we will investigate the materials and work with you to resolve the matter promptly.

Sensitivity message

The Fryer Library Special Collections consist of historical items and records that may contain outdated and offensive language in their titles and descriptions, and/or may depict individuals or groups in a negative way. Contact us in the Fryer Library if you have concerns.

Reconciliation at UQ

UQ acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians, whose knowledge, cultures, histories and languages have been created and shared for at least 65,000 years.

Our vision is to build a strong sense of belonging in an inclusive UQ that works respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities in teaching, learning, research and collaboration.

Statement on Orphan Works

Some valuable works held in Fryer Library could be regarded as ‘orphan works’: still protected by copyright, but the copyright holder is unknown/unlocatable.

Staff of the Fryer Library may be required to investigate the copyright status of manuscript material held in the Fryer Library. In these cases they will make and document genuine search attempts to find the rightsholder/s whose permission is required for publication purposes. Any search-related documents/correspondence will be saved in the University of Queensland’s Records Management system. Any orphan works rightsholder who may later come forward can request access to these records by contacting the Fryer Library.

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About this database

Fryer Library Manuscripts is built with AtoM (Access to Memory), a web-based, open-source application for archival description and access, based on international standards.