Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

The Architecture Museum is a facility for the acquisition, preservation and management of South Australian produced architectural and related records, and for promoting intellectual enquiry into, and producing scholarly information about, the state's built heritage.


The Architecture Museum holds more than 200,000 items including approximately 20,000 drawings and a 2000-volume library. The holdings relate to the work of private practitioners (State Records of South Australia holds Government architects' records). The focus is on materials produced in the 20th century and particularly in the period c.1910-1980.

The collection includes:


Drawings plans, sections, elevations and perspectives by architects, engineers, and consultants including both built and unbuilt works primarily of the twentieth century.


Specifications relating directly to the architectural drawings and providing written documentation stipulating materials, quality of finishes, and the manner of construction.


Professional and personal correspondence relating to specific buildings, professional affairs and architects overseas travels.


Photographic items including slides and photographic prints of architects built works and overseas travels.

Notebooks and Diaries

Business and personal notebooks and diaries containing sketches and newspaper clippings as well as notes relating to built projects.


Books, monographs, periodicals, trade catalogues and brochures donated from architects personal collections.

Special Holdings

Chamberlain collection

Predominantly 18th and 19th century British and European architectural prints and engravings.

Crocker collection

Predominantly books on South Australian history and Italian architecture.


Artefacts of a limited range, including drawing equipment, awards and nameplates.


Pamphlets, brochures and posters relating to architecture, interior design and planning.