Wanted: 2010 federal election material

Do you feel bombarded by 2010 election material already? If so, the National Library of Australia can help.

The National Library wants to collect 2010 election ephemera – from stickers to how-to-vote cards, from posters to banners – to add to the existing collection of federal election material which the Library has been collecting since 1983.

Once it has been collected, the material will be preserved in the Library’s collection so it will be available for future generations of scholars, researchers and anyone else interested in Australia’s political story.

The Library is particularly interested in material from marginal electorates, communities with specific concerns about everything from health to industrial relations and education, climate-affected regions, and the outlying areas of Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Director of Australian Collections at the National Library, Chris Foster, said the Library had the largest collection of political memorabilia in Australia, with some material dating back to 1901.

“But it is an ever-growing collection,” she said. “It is vital to have current information in the collection just as importantly as it is to have older items.

“Political ephemera provides a unique perspective into Australia’s social and political views – the policies, the promises, and the rise and fall of parties and careers,” Ms Foster said.

For details of where to send election material, go to www.nla.gov.au/collect/elections.html

Media Contact:
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697
shopman@nla.gov.au