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RMIT University Library Special Collection

Find information on how to use the Library's Special Collection. Explore the diverse content within the collection

Introduction to the Emily McPherson Collection


The Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy (shown in the picture) which opened in 1927 was for many years the only institution in Victoria offering courses in domestic economy, cookery and dress making.

The library named after the librarian, Elizabeth Eddie, was an integral part of the Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy. Items from this library, now known as the Emily McPherson Collection provides a social history of cooking and food, the domestic arts, home economics and textiles. 

RMIT University photographer, Entrance to Emily McPherson College, RMIT University Archives Image Collection (1930)  

The Emily McPherson Collection is housed as part of the Special Collection within the Swanston Library and the RMIT Archives. The majority of the collection can be searched via Emily McPherson Collection in LibrarySearch

Digitised Images from within the Emily McPherson Collection

View the Emily McPherson collection of digitised items (new window). This collection contains books, magazines, photographs, objects, recipe cards and speeches from the Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy dating from 1927 to 1979. 

Note: To access the digital file of an item, log into LibrarySearch.