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archive and museum directories and gateways
Australian libraries, with links to their Websites, catalogues and
services. Part of the Australian Cultural Network
information. Includes directory of Australia's museum collections and
associated resources. Part of Australian Cultural Network.
Australia Performing Arts Special Interest Group
Organisation of Australian libraries, archives and museums dedicated to
the preservation of and provision of access to performing arts material.
A searchable database of images of historical and contemporary Australiana held by participating Australian cultural institutions.
archive and museum collections and services
Festival Centre Performing Arts Collection of South Australia
include Colin Ballantyne collection of theatre photographs 1936-72, John
Tasker collection, Judith
Anderson collection, La Mama Theatre (Hindmarsh) collection, Agnes
Dobson collection, Adelaide Q Theatre collection, Tanya Moiseiwitsch's
Oedipus costumes, masks and shoes, Vietnamese Water Puppets (Adelaide
Festival of Art 2000), John Trinder papers 1960-1985, Loudon Sainthill
collection of 5 costume designs, Wally Speed magic collection, the dance collection of
South Australian dancers and choreographers and a costume collection
representing theatre, dance, musical theatre and film.
Among collections of original playscripts and prompt books are the Eunice
Hanger collection at the University of Queensland Library,
Howard Collection at the
University of New England Library
and William Anderson collections of Australian playscripts at the State
Library of Victoria and State
Library of New South Wales. An index of Australian Drama, compiled by
the Dennis Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts, is held by the University
of New South Wales Library
Arts Resource Collection
A national collection of information on community arts, community cultural
development, cultural policy and related topics.
Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Performing Arts Museum
Ivan King in 1980 as the Perth Theatre Trust Archive. Holds Western
Australian performing arts records and memorabilia, including collections
re His Majesty's Theatre, National Theatre Company 1956-1984, Perth
Theatre Trust and Repertory Club, 1919-1956.
and Information Service of Western Australia
specialist performing arts and music library. A library of Western
Australian history, the JS Battye Library, includes oral history tapes on
Fischer's scrapbooks of her writings on theatre in Sydney 1879-1882.
Archives of Australia
Repository for records of federal government departments and agencies such
as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Patent and copyright records
from the 1870s to 1969 include 100 metres of theatrical, film and radio
scripts, sheet music, photographs, posters and other material. The
collection includes plays and other scripts by William Anderson, Bert
Bailey, Marcus Clarke, Edmund, Duggan, Edward Dyson, Kate Howard, William
Moore, Betty Roland, Steele Rudd, Louis Stone and George Wallace, and
manuscript copies of historical plays and operettas such as Struck Oil
and Collits' Inn.
Library of Australia
re JC Williamson Theatres, Arts Council of Australia Australian
Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Australian National Playwrights Conference.
Individuals whose papers are represented include Robyn Archer, Albert
Arlen, Bert Bailey, John Bell, John Bell, Alex Buzo, Edmund Duggan, Louis Esson, Robert Helpmann,
Dorothy Hewett, Jack Hibberd, Bland Holt, Ray Mathew, Rodney Milgate,
Harry M. Miller, Gladys Moncrieff, Vance Palmer, Betty Roland, Dinah
Shearing, Douglas Stewart, Nellie Stewart and David Williamson. The
library also has extensive oral history interviews with Australian actors,
critics designers, directors and writers. Guides to the library's PROMPT
collection of theatre and concert programs are available from the its
Website. The National Library's national coordination activities include
management of Kinetica, a database of bibliographic resources in
Australian libraries and the Register of Australian Archives &
Manuscripts, a searchable database of Australian material in more than
100 contributing libraries
Arts Multimedia Library
project jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments through
the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and
Cinemedia, exploring legal issues surrounding the production of digital
projects with the long-term aim of creating a digital collection of
significant performing arts material, particularly performances.
collection of musical instruments, film, radio and television equipment,
costume and collections relating to the performing arts and popular
culture in Australia. Producer
of exhibitions and multimedia relating to Australian rock music and circus.
Recipient of selected material from the Dennis Wolanski Library of the
Performing Arts Centre. Museum and Gladys Moncrieff Library of the
Holds collections relating to the
performing arts in Brisbane and Queensland including collections re Gladys Moncrieff,
Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company.
Also holds a collection of scores, scripts, and professional performing rights
for The Sentimental Bloke and other musicals by Albert Arlen.
Broughton and Walford Foundation
charitable trust supporting the performing arts, located at the National
Institute of Dramatic Art. Owns the Independent
Theatre and Stables Theatre. Its Library and Archives includes extensive
program collection donated by broadcaster and author John West as well as
some holdings formerly held by the Dennis Wolanski Library of the Performing
Library New South Wales
Mitchell Library holds the earliest documents relating to theatre in
Australia including playbills for The Recruiting Officer, 1800,
and Black-eyed Susan, 1832. Collections include: JC Williamson
Sydney Office records from about 1895-1970, John Alden papers circa 1943-1951, William Anderson
collection of Australian playscripts 1894-1921, Drama League of Australia
records, Doris Fitton papers 1933-1942, Lazar theatrical papers 1849-1880,
Duncan MacDougall collection; Marionette Theatre of Australia records,
Mary Marlowe papers 1875-1958, Phillip Theatre records, Pocket Playhouse
records 1957-76, Hal Porter papers 1924-1983, James Smith papers, and
Turret Theatre Limited papers. Major holdings transferred from the Dennis
Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts include the Nimrod Theatre
Collection, New Theatre collection, Independent Theatre collection,
Annette Kellermann collection, Tivoli Theatre collection and Royce Rees
collection of Australian theatre photographs.
Library of Queensland
The John Oxley Library holds theatre programs
Library of Victoria
The La Trobe
Australiana section holds a William Anderson collection of Australian
playscripts, original papers of George Coppin and Bland Holt 1819-1910,
papers of Irene Mitchell and Dolia Ribush, original material performed by
the goldfields balladeer Charles Thatcher, the autobiography of
Allan Wilkie and records of the Australian Children's Theatre, Australian
Performing Group at the Pram Factory, Melbourne Repertory Theatre,
Melbourne Tivoli Theatre. Other holdings include excellent collections of
19th and 20th century posters and theatre and programs
Library of South AustraliaThe State Library of South Australia in the collections of the Mortlock
Library of South Australiana holds more than 20,000 South Australian theatre programs dating from the nineteenth
century. The collection is an outstanding source of material relating to the Adelaide Festival of
Arts from the first Festival in 1960. Also in the Mortlock collections are examples of early SA theatre magazines, such as The Green-room and
The Entr'acte. Two archival record groups of interest are the papers of actor Jean Robertson and records of the Red Shed Theatre Company.
Library of Tasmania
include the JWB Murphy collection of Tasmanian Theatre posters, 1896-1920.
Adelaide Barr Smith Library
Holdings include Adelaide University Drama
Society Records 1869-72, Mrs Patrick Campbell prompt books and programs,
Desiree Long scrapbooks on Allan Wilkie Shakespearean Company and Shakespeare
performance 1922-1970, Allan Wilkie papers 1878-1970, Marie-Louise (Marlis)
Thiersch papers 1961-1985.
of New England
The Dixson Library holds the Campbell Howard collection of unpublished
Australian plays performed between 1920 and 1955 and Gordon Athol Anderson
of Newcastle Department of Drama
Theatre Collection of Professor Michael R Booth, including posters,
playbills, paintings and costume design relating to British Theatre from
the 18th century to the Edwardian period.
of Queensland Library
Library holds the Hanger Collection of the Australian Stage and radio
plays and an extensive index to Australian literature including drama.
Library holds theatre programs from 1930 to the present, mainly from
of Western Australia
Library holds scripts from The Playhouse.
Arts Centre Performing Arts Museum
collections re Ashton's Circus, Australian Performing Group, Emerald Hill
Theatre, Melbourne Little Theatre Company, St Martin's Theatre, National
Theatre Movement and JC Williamson. Other named collections include Dame
Nellie Melba correspondence, programs, photographs 1880-1930, the Almost
Managing Company collection, Barbara Angell collection, Holden Brothers
Circus collection, the Barry Humphries collection, Harry Jay photographic
collection, Les Levante collection, George Upward collection of Australian
scenic design, Angus Winneke collection of costume designs, and Fowler’s
Australian Dramatic Players.