The Library’s manuscript collections comprises valuable papers of Indigenous and non-indigenous activists, and individuals involved in the movement leading up to the 1967 Referendum. These papers include letters, diaries, and reports of activists, politicians and organisations. 

 
Jessie Street's handwritten draft petition to amend the constitution. Papers of Jessie Street, 1914-1968

Noteable collections:

Papers of Charles Perkins, 1956-2003
MS 8047 - Box 6
Contains papers relating to Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI), 1967-77 

Papers of Jessie Street, 1914-1968
MS 2683 - Box 10
Papers relating to Aboriginal rights and race relations including the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum

Papers of Dr. Barry Christophers, 1959-2003
MS 7992 - Boxes 23-27
Papers largely relate to Dr. Barry's involvement with FCAATSI and his interest in indigenous issues, the trust fund campaign and the 1967 Referendum.

Papers of Jack and Jean Horner, 1956-2003
MS 9503
Papers of Jack and Jean Horner, Aboriginal rights activists, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights for many years, taking active roles in the 1967 referendum and in organisations which support this cause including FCAATSI. 

Papers of John Kempster, 1959-1968
MS Acc14.068 - Box 3
Contains the papers of Dr. John Kempster and his involment in various organisations for the advancement of Aboriginal Australians civil rights in the lead up to the 1967 Referendum.

Papers of Gordon Bryant MP, 1917-1991
MS 8256 - Box 175
Contains correspondence, pamphlets, reports in which Gordon was heavily involved including serving as President of the Aborigines Advancement League, Victoria and later, Vice President of FAACTSI. 


Papers of Gordon Bryant, 1917-1991 [manuscript], box 175

  Draft Indigenous Australia Manuscripts