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About the collections

Our Special Collections are home to thousands of culturally significant, unique and hard-to-find items. These collections offer a rich resource for staff and students and enable the research and teaching goals of the University.


The collection commenced at the request of the inaugural University Librarian George Buick to document the growing issue of Aboriginal Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Gay Rights. These issues became a focus of the collection, which commenced in 1975 and was initially called The Alternative and Contemporary Documents Collection (ACDC). The current Special Collections are a continuation of this initiative. The Collections held by the Geoffrey Bolton Library are a unique and precious resource.

How we curate our Special Collections

This policy defines the collections development guideline and access conditions to Special Collections.

A-Z listing of Special Collections

  • 20th Century Paperback Collection
  • 6UVS FM : – An Audio History
  • Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) (WA branch) Collection
  • Australian Peace Committee (WA branch) Collection
  • Bali Oral History Archive
  • Betty Daly-King Collection
  • Betty McIntosh Collection
  • Bob Hetherington Collection
  • Brian Aldiss Collection
  • Centre for Research for Women (CRW) Collection
  • Christabel Chamarette Collection
  • Dee Margetts Collection
  • Department of Indigenous Affairs Collection
  • Diana Warnock Collection
  • Dorothy Goodrick Collection
  • Douglas Social Credit Movement of Western Australia Papers and Correspondence
  • Film Ephemera Collection
  • Film Tie-In Collection
  • Francis Byrne Collection
  • Gay and Lesbian Archives Western Australia (GALAWA) Inc.
  • Glaskin Collection
  • History of Chiropractic Collection
  • History of Murdoch University Collection
  • Holmes à Court Collection
  • Ian Watts Collection of Witchcraft
  • Incest Survivor Association Collection
  • Irene Greenwood Collection
  • Jean Teasdale Collection
  • Jennifer Lindsay Collection
  • Jo Vallentine Collection
  • Joan Williams Collection
  • John Clements Oral History Collection
  • Ken McPherson Collection
  • Leigh Edmonds Collection
  • Megan Sassi Collection
  • Michael Durey Collection of History Microforms
  • Mills and Boon Collection
  • Original ABC Radio Drama Manuscripts
  • Paget Collection
  • Pankhurst Collection
  • Peet Collection
  • People for Nuclear Disarmament (PND) (WA branch) Collection
  • Play Scripts from TV Script Production Course
  • Political Pamphlet Collection
  • Popular Men’s and Women’s Magazines Collection
  • Poster Collection
  • Publications of the Allied Geographical Section Collection
  • Rare Books Collection
  • Rottnest Island Oral History Project
  • Science Fiction Collection
  • Shane Guthrie Collection
  • Sir Walter Murdoch Collection
  • Solar Energy Research Institute of Western Australia (SERIWA) Collection
  • Toronto Film Society Programme Notes Collection
  • Vivienne Abraham ‘Peace’ Collection
  • Western Australian Council of Churches Noonkanbah Documents
  • WISALTS Collection
  • Women and Politics Conference, Canberra 1975, Papers and Related Materials
  • Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Bunbury branch) Papers
  • Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Perth branch) Collection
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (WA branch) Collection
  • World Council of Churches Delegation Documents

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