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What happened to the collection?

















A list of organisations who received material from the Dennis Wolanski Library, a summary of material they received and select catalogue of material transferred. 


Retained by the Sydney Opera House


Dennis Wolanski Archives of the Sydney Opera House
A small collection about the Sydney Opera House, acquired from donors or purchased by the library, was retained as the Dennis Wolanski Archives of the Sydney Opera House. For further details contact the Information Officer,, Phone 02 9250 7424. .

Sydney Opera House records
The Sydney Opera House also handles requests for access to its administrative and architectural records. The official Sydney Opera House program collection (arranged chronologically 1973-1997), poster collection (1973-1997) and photograph collection (1978-1994) were transferred to State Archives and Records NSW, together with a comprehensive index of performances and events 1973-1978. Access to these items is available through

See also
Sydney Opera House programs, research files and an index relating to performers and performances at the Sydney Opera House 1973-1996 are now held by the University of NSW LIbrary.  


Summary of major transfers

State Library of New South Wales
Archival and manuscript material, photographs, posters, works of art, architectural plans and periodicals on Australian theatre and drama. Includes major archival collections of Nimrod Theatre, New Theatre, the Independent Theatre and other local companies

Victorian Arts Centre Performing Arts Museum

Archival and manuscript material, photographs and artefacts.

University of NSW Library

Books, pamphlets and microfilm material on theatre and drama, and the following:

  • Research files
    An estimated 3 million items, including extensive material on performers and performances at the Sydney Opera House 1972-1997, as well as on the performing arts in Australia in the 20th century. The collection includes a considerable quantity of newspaper clippings, original manuscript material such as correspondence, discographies, CVs, invitations, funeral service programs, program notes, publisher blurbs, press releases and clippings from newspapers and magazines such as ABC’s 24 Hours, ABC Weekly, The Theatre, and News Limited newspapers.
  • Programs
    A collection of  80,000 items, including duplicate Sydney Opera House programs (arranged under company and performer names (complementing the official chronological file at the Sydney Opera House and State Archives and Records NSW), as well as holdings on the performing arts in Australia, mainly in the 20th century.
  • Indexes
    A general card index of 80,000 entries including cross-references to all plays, operas and dance productions performed at the Sydney Opera House and other venues in Australia, 1973-1996, select entries for productions from previous eras and overseas productions, and  comprehensive entries for the British theatre review periodical Play Bulletin and the Australian periodical Theatre Australia. An index of Australian plays comprising 5400 cards on Australian drama with information on performances, availability of published editions, and location of manuscript playscripts.

Summary of other transfers



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