The National Library of Australia has been trusted with the care of Sidney Nolan’s papers, which will soon be made accessible to researchers thanks to the generous support of donors to the 2017 Tax Time Appeal. The success of this appeal is enabling Library staff to perform much needed preservation and descriptive work to safeguard the Nolan collection for future generations and facilitate research. Excitingly, this will include the creation of a detailed finding aid spanning the entire collection, with item-level descriptions of Nolan’s correspondence and photographic work.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Murramarang region mentioned in this blog post.
As we celebrate Canberra Day 2018, it is timely to reflect on the city fifty years ago. A story about Canberra is included in the Library’s new exhibition 1968: Changing Times. While researching for the display I was amazed to discover the scale of development the nation’s capital experienced in the 1960s. A tourist map of the city provides a snapshot of the urban sprawl of Canberra in 1968; compared with today, it had a much smaller footprint. The Library’s collections include important material, such as this map, which is featured in the exhibition.
Literary historian Katherine Bode describes how she and bibliographer Carol Hetherington used Trove to create a database of over 21,000 novels, novellas and short stories published in early Australian newspapers. This database enables anyone to read, explore, correct, add and export the fiction early Australians read and wrote. Its records are also harvested and represented in Trove’s catalogue.