About the records

Title Records of Eileen E. Fisher
Date Range 1895 - 1998
Reference MS 13701
Extent 5 metres (517 items)
Repository State Library of Victoria
Abstract This is a guide to a collection of records assembled by Dr. Eileen E. Fisher, a botanist and mycologist who worked in the education and government sectors on funghi and plant diseases, including their effect on agriculture.

Administrative Information

  • The collection is comprised of records from 2 accessions. The codes used to uniquely identify each accession range from FISC1998/01 to FISC1999/01.
  • The records have been allocated to 8 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from FISS0001 to FISS0008.
  • Through the processing of the records, 1 provenance entity was identified. The code used to uniquely identify this provenance entity, i.e. records creator or custodian, is FISP001.
  • The inventory covers 517 items, and may include records of continuing value, records sentenced for destruction and records that have been destroyed. The codes used to uniquely identify each inventory item range from FISC00001 to FISC00331. The total collection occupies 494 linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).
  • The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 14 July 2009. The latest additions were made on 14 August 2009. The latest modifications were made on 16 October 2009. This collection profile was updated on 12 June 2013.

Scope and Content

This is the main collection of Eileen E. Fisher, and contains primarily records related to her academic and professional life with little associated personal or biographical material. Strengths of the collection include handwritten notes and diaries, journals and reprints, and botanical specimens.

Surveying and Mapping the Records

In 1998, the University of Melbourne Archives were contacted by Anna Williamson, a CSIRO Plant Pathologist, regarding the records of Dr. Eileen E. Fisher, who had recently passed away. The University Archives felt the records fell under the province of the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP - later the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, and the eScholarship Research Centre after that). Therefore, ASAP staff met with Stan Roper, Dr. Fisher's nephew, in late 1998 and briefly surveyed the collection. Subsequently, the records were picked up from Eileen Fisher's former home in Balwyn Road, Canterbury, Victoria on 9 and 16 December 1998. In April 1999, Mr Roper dropped off some remaining publications.

The records were accessioned in 2003, and the collection placed in storage to await processing.

Further information about this guide and the records it describes, including transfer arrangements, custodianship and other contextual information, is held in the office files and the Heritage Documentation Management System (HDMS) database at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne.

Arrangement and Description of the Records

The Records of Eileen E. Fisher were transferred from the University of Melbourne's eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC) to the State Library of Victoria in 2007. In 2009 eSRC staff completed a full inventory listing of the collection, assigned a Series structure, and (in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria) completed conservation work and housed the collection in archival folders, boxes and sleeves to ensure its preservation.

The Eileen E. Fisher Guide to Records has been produced as a result of this work.

Dates of Records

Some items in the Records of Eileen E. Fisher have no explicit or inscribed opening and closing dates. Where this is the case the dates of Eileen E. Fisher have been used as a default, and the date range listed as '1909?-1998?, No dates.'

How These Records Can Be Used

Researchers wishing to consult these records will need to contact the State Library of Victoria regarding the access conditions that may apply to specific series or inventory items.

Where material from the Records of Eileen E. Fisher is copied or quoted the source of the material must be acknowledged.

Preferred Citation

Records from the Eileen E. Fisher collection should be cited as [Inventory item number and title], [Series number], Records of Eileen E. Fisher, MS 13701, State Library of Victoria, Australia.

For citation of the published guide, an acceptable form would be: Michael Jones, with Arlie McCarthy, Eileen E. Fisher Guide to Records, The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2009 [URL and date accessed].

Publication History

This is the first edition of the Eileen E. Fisher Guide to Records.


The Eileen E. Fisher Guide to Records has been published by the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (previously the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). You may download, temporarily store in cache and display the material on this web site in unaltered form only. You may also print and copy the material on this site in unaltered form as permitted by the Copyright Act 1968 only (retaining this copyright notice). This guide is the result of serious scholarly research and must be formally acknowledged as such when the guide itself or the records it catalogues are cited.

The Records of Eileen E. Fisher Collection are held by the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria manages any rights (including moral rights) in all material contained in the Eileen E. Fisher Records.

All information in the guide to this collection and in the material of the collection itself, served from Australia, is administered under Australian Intellectual Property Laws.

Guide Image

The photograph seen on the top left hand side of the Guide is a detail of the photograph "Dr. Eileen Fisher" (photographer unknown), from the article "Research Work: To Aid Sheep Industry", The Age, Wednesday, June 15, 1960, p. 12. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jZ8UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TasDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3360%2C2442687. Date Accessed: 22 September 2009.

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on AustehcWeb, September 2009
ISBN 978-0-7340-4116-6
Listed by Michael Jones, with Arlie McCarthy
HTML edition
Updated 12 June 2013

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