What's in the photography collection?

Thousands of 19th and 20th century photographs. These photographs provide valuable documentary evidence of people and places from Queensland's past. They also trace the development of technical processes used in photography. Some collections include: 

  • Henry Alcock photographic collection (UQFL256), which contains glass plate negatives
  • Views of Brisbane Album (F3459), which contains sepia prints
  • Album of Studio Portraits (F3477), which contains cabinet cards and cartes de visites
  • Magic lantern projector and glass slides (F3786), which is an original 19th century projector with accompanying slides

University life, people and events can be found in the Fryer Library University of Queensland photograph collection (UQFL466).

The Grahame Garner (F3400) collection features protests and marches in Brisbane in the 1960s and 1970s.

Image: Students viewing items from Fryer photography collections

Accessing our collections

You can access Fryer Library items in the FW Robinson Reading Room by appointment. Use our online form to book your visit.

Not a UQ student or staff member? Register for membership before your visit so that we can lend items to you to use in the Reading Room.

Digitised material from these collections are accessible online.

Copying from our collections

Visitors to the Fryer Library are encouraged to make their own copies in accordance with copyright law in the reading room. We have facilities and staff to assist with this.

Clients unable to visit the Fryer Library may request copies of manuscript material. Please note the processing time is 30 business days.

Citing from our collections

Find the elements required to reference unpublished manuscript material in Fryer Library collections.

Contact the Fryer Library to find out more about our collections.