Special Collections

About Special Collections

pile of booksThe Library's Special Collections contain material of significance to the University's teaching and research and includes University publications, popular culture and science fiction materials.

Collection strengths

The Library collects Australian popular culture materials of both a mainstream and ephemeral nature. Particular strengths are in the areas of popular magazines, local newspapers and newsletters and counterculture materials indicating political and social change. These collections are particularly valuable for teaching in the areas of Popular Culture, Gender and Cultural Studies Women's Studies.

There is also a large amount of associated manuscript material including the Irene Greenwood manuscripts, the archived papers of the Women's Electoral Lobby (WA branches) and the Abortion Law Reform Association, the Megan Sassi Collection and the papers of the Public Peace Committee. The ephemera and poster collections also complement these areas.

Accessing the Collections

Special Collections are held in a closed area, and can be requested for use within the Library.

Murdoch staff and students

Requested items will be available the next week day at the Reserve Desk at the South Street Campus Library.

Other researchers

Individual collections

  • Abortion Law Reform Association (W.A.) Papers

    The collection consists of papers deposited by the Western Australian branch of the Abortion Law Reform Association (A.L.R.A.). These include reports, some correspondence, newsletters, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and journals covering the interests and activities of the Abortion Law Reform Association (W.A.) from its foundation in 1969 onwards.
    Please email loans@murdoch.edu.au for more details about the collection.
  • Bali Oral History Archive

    Established as part of an Australian Research Council grant to Dr. Adrian Vickers and Dr. Carol Warren on Cultural Change in Bali. The intent of the project is to make available to researchers an on-line archive of interviews with contemporary Balinese describing their lives and their views on culture and change in their society in the twentieth century.

  • Film Tie-in Collection

    The collection contains books and printed material published in the second half of the 20th century, with a focus on late 20th century titles related to Australian and British films and television.

  • Harry Whittington Collection

    This collection combines the life and work of Henry (Harry) Whittington and the history and action of WISALTS into a single repository. It reflects the research, social activism, and community involvement of the farming communities in Western Australia.

  • Irene Greenwood Collection

    Collection donated by Irene Greenwood, Australian feminist, peace activist, political activist, broadcaster and writer. The collection includes personal correspondence, radio transcripts, books, journals and papers of the organisations with which she was involved.

  • John Clements Collection

    Collection of oral histories donated to the Library by John Clements, oral historian, peace activist and social historian.

  • Michael Durey Collection of History Microforms

    Collection of History Microforms donated to the Library by Professor Michael Durey. Material in the collection was originally acquired to support research funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC)

  • Mills & Boon Collection

    The Mills & Boon Collection consists of 3700 books collected over 30 years by Judy Anderson, previous Archivist at Film Australia. The collection of mainly post-World War 2 novels was donated to the library in 2008.

  • Paget Collection

    The Paget Collection includes about two hundred works on various aspects of the Netherlands Indies such as the colonial history, economic development, adat or customary law and the colonial legal system. The majority of the works date from the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.

  • Pankhurst Collection

    Source material documenting the United Kingdom Women's Suffrage Campaign, collected by Tara Books Ltd. of Winchester, England in 1977 and offered for sale as part of the " Blue Moon" Collection. Covers the period 1850-1930, with the majority of works published between 1900-1920.

  •  Peet Collection

    The Peet Collection contains the library and personal papers of the journalist George Peet (1902-1985) who was on the staff of the Straits Times (Singapore) from 1923-1951.

  • World Council of Churches Delegation Documents pdficon_small.gif

    Collection of documents relating to the visit of a World Council of Churches delegation to Broome and the Benedictine mission at Kalumbaru in 1981 and its impact on a dispute between Father Seraphim Sanz and members of the Aboriginal community. Documents donated to Murdoch University Library by the Western Australian Council of Churches Library.

  • Western Australian Council of Churches Noonkanbah Documents pdficon_small.gif

    Collection of documents relating to the sacred sites on Noonkanbah Station and surrounding areas and the involvement of Uniting Church clergy in the August 1980 blockade of a convoy at Noonkanbah Station. Documents donated to Murdoch University Library by the Western Australian Council of Churches Library.