Archives are valuable records which are considered worthy of being preserved permanently. Here you can find online resources for images through the photo library, civic collections, oral history and source sheets.
The City of Adelaide Archival Photographs of Adelaide date from about 1860, with the bulk of the collection being from around the turn of the century to the 1970s. They include views of City streets and buildings, parks and people, and various civic events such as Royal visits and Mayoral garden parties.
The two main collections held by the Archives are the Historical Picture Collection consisting of about 1800 images, gathered together by the former Commercial Department during the 1970s, and the old Lantern Slide Collection assembled by Town Clerk A.J. Morison in the 1920s and 30s. There is also a collection of engineering photos.
Visit Our Photo Library
Archives Image Library - To view the archives' photographs, visit our photo library and click on the ‘New Search’ tab.
City Archives Flickr page - More fascinating images of the City as it once was in a bygone era.
Civic Collection Online
A range of items from the City of Adelaide Civic Collection can be viewed by navigating to our search page. At this dedicated Civic Collection site you can search, select and display an image of a Civic Collection item which will also give you a brief description of detail, the item's date, medium and dimensions.
The Civic Collection Online is part of an on-going display program presented by the City of Adelaide Archives.
Digitised Oral History
An Oral History is a record of people’s memories, their stories and experiences of the past, which is captured and preserved for posterity (originally on audio cassettes, nowadays on digital media).
From 1971 to 2001 City of Adelaide sponsored a program of oral history interviews with individuals who had had a long association with the City of Adelaide, or had made a significant contribution to it, with the aim of capturing their memories, experiences and relationships with the City. These interviews were transcribed and later digitised.
From 2011 - 2013 Council decided to re-activate the program and commissioned a ‘catch up’ round of interviews with 20 more eligible City identities.
A complete list of those persons who were interviewed from 1971 to 2013 is included here: Summary of Oral History Interviews
You can listen to the interviews here (listed in alphabetical order):
Visit the Oral History page for more information.
Source Sheets are available for you to download and print. They are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
Some sheets deal with archival matters in general, while others provide lists of records relating to subjects about which the Archives commonly receives inquiries.