About the records

Title Records of Alec Costin Collection
Date Range 1770 - 2020
Reference Roberts, Jack (2019) Alec Costin: Guide to Records. The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre: Melbourne. https://web.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/ABCN/home.htm
Creator Alec Baillie Costin
Extent 11.31 metres (929 items)
Repository eScholarship Research Centre
Abstract This is a guide to the Alec Costin collection. This guide was produced as part of a project to archive the legacy of Alec Costin, an internationally respected Australian alpine ecologist. As a scientist, activist and government advisor, Costin was instrumental in the conservation of the Australian Alps over the course of eight decades from 1946 through to the 21st century. This large and diverse collection, compiled by Costin himself, was systematically organised, stored, preserved and catalogued by the eScholarship Research Centre at The University of Melbourne. The collection constitutes an important resource for scientists and other researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, offering a unique insight into the study of ecology and the history of conservation in Australia, particularly as it relates to the changing vegetation and landscapes of the Australian Alps. This guide provides a useful tool for such investigations by allowing researchers to easily identify and find the contents of records held in the collection. Additional records may be added to this collection in the future.

Administrative Information

The Alec Costin Collection (as of December 2019) comprises 57 boxes. The collection was boxed, accessioned and transferred to the eScholarship Research Centre (The University of Melbourne) under the guidance of Gavan McCarthy between 2017 and 2019. The records were inventory processed by Jack Roberts (under the supervision of Winsome Adam and with assistance from Julie Fenley and Alannah Croom) at the eScholarship Research Centre. This first edition of this Guide to the Alec Costin Collection was completed in December 2019. The production of this guide was made possible with funding from the Australian Alps National Parks Co-operative Management Program and with the invaluable support of Alec Costin, Keith McDougall, Genevieve Wright, Elizabeth James, John McRae and Rob Gibbs.

  • The collection is comprised of records from 52 accessions. The codes used to uniquely identify each accession range from ABCN2017-001 to ABCN2020-002.

  • The records have been allocated to 6 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from S001 to S006.

  • 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 P000001.

  • The inventory covers 929 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 A00000001 to A00000928. The total collection occupies 1,131 linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).

  • The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 7 June 2018. The latest additions were made on 20 April 2020. The latest modifications were made on 20 May 2020. This collection profile was updated on 28 May 2020.

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a broad set of records created and/or compiled by Alec Costin during the course of his life and work. The records span from 1770 to 2019 and include papers, reports, correspondence, publications, manuscripts, photographs, slides, data sheets, diagrams and graphs.

Published by the eScholarship Research Centre, December 2019
Listed by Jack Roberts
HTML edition
Updated 28 May 2020

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