CAUL / ASA Fellowship 2016 Friday, 29 July 2016

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The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) are pleased to announce that applications are now open for 2016 CAUL and ASA Fellowships.

$10,000 fellowships for creators to access special collections in university libraries (CAUL / ASA Media Release 13/5/16)

The Fellowships have been made possible through the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

CAUL and the ASA expect to award two fellowships, each with a value of  $10,000 in 2016. The fellowships are designed to showcase university libraries' special collections by providing artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to work on creative projects that will benefit from concentrated access to these collections.

Applicants are advised to read the information for applicants before completing the application form.

Applications opened May 16 and closed 14 June 2016.

Applications, using the Application Form, should be sent to CAUL Communication & Policy Officer by 14 June 2016.  

Successful applicants will be expected to commence their fellowhsip in the 2016 calendar year and be complete and reports presented by April 30 2017.

The successful fellows were announced 29 July 2016.

Enquiries should be addressed to CAUL Communication & Policy Officer

See detailed list of university special collections.

Host institutions for 2016 awards are highlighted in boxes below.

The other universities linked below point to their special collections, but they are not available to host fellows this year.

Australian Catholic University

Australian National University

The ANU Archives holds 20 kilometres of business and trade union archives relating to Australia and the Pacific from the 1820s to the 21th century. Just some of the topics which our collection supports research in: architecture and interior design of hotels, offices and industrial buildings, the fashion industry in the 19th and early 20th century, trade union green bans, HIV/AIDS advertising and education programs, and Australia’s involvement in Pacific nations. We hold many photographs of people at work, maps and plans, posters, and an extensive collection of trade union and company journals.

Contact: Maggie Shapley (02) 61 2 6125 9602

The ANU Library holds three collections of nineteenth and early twentieth century books and ephemera covering Gothic novels, many lesser known and yet significant novels including a large run of yellowbacks, children’s literature, school textbooks, historical/adventure stories, Australiana, Horn books, moveable books and a farmyard “voices” book as well as colour fairy books. These collections are the Kapper Collection (c.1885 to c.1925), the Kohler Collection (1900 – 1914) and the Mortlake Collection mainly nineteenth century plus some earlier and later.

Contact: Heather Jenks  (02) 6125 2988

Bond University Library


Charles Darwin University

Charles Sturt University 

Curtin University

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library provides access to the archives of John Curtin. This and the special collections of Geoff Gallop, Carmen Lawrence and Hazel Hawke would be of interest to researchers with an interest in politics and government. Other special collections include the Women’s Health Collection, Jules Black Sexology, Elizabeth Jolley bibliography, Western Australian Folklore Archive, and Project Endeavour - Jon Sanders’ Triple Circumnavigation of the World. The collections are comprised mainly of photographs, personal papers, objects and recordings.

Contact: Sally Laming (08) 9266 4205 

Deakin University

Edith Cowan University

Federation University

The Geoffrey Blainey Mining collection consists of Professor Blainey’s own academic research material, including items such as historical books, papers and other material related to the early history of mining and the central Victorian Goldfields.  Some rare, older items in the collection are considered fragile and require special handling.

The John Creedy collection of works on economic history and theory was a personal collection of Professor John Creedy, Truby Williams Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne.  Collected over four decades, the collection has been described by one of Australia's leading bookmen as "one of the best, formed single collections in a wide subject area that I have seen".

The Research Collection includes items that do not sit on the open shelves and/or require supervised access.  The collection includes items by or about Federation University Australia, works on the history of Central and Western Victoria, Eureka Stockade, industrial heritage, especially local and the history or operation of mines and mining in Australia.  The Research Collection also holds rare or valuable works that are donated to or purchased by the Library and other important items that are deemed to be too fragile to sit on the open shelves.

Contact: Clare Gervasoni (03) 5327 9168

Flinders University

Griffith University

James Cook University

JCU Library has a large collection of North Queensland heritage materials, photographs and archives. North Queensland is defined as the area north of latitude 22.30 including the Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and other islands that are part of the State of Queensland. Special collections are located in both Townsville and Cairns.

Contact: Bronwyn McBurnie, (07) 4781 5002 or

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

The Rare Books Collection at Monash University Library has particular strengths in science fiction, children’s books and annuals, and comics as well as Australian history and literature. 

The Ada Booth Slavic Collection is home to the leading academic Ukrainian collection in Australia and also contains extensive material on 19th century Russian Realism, Avant-garde, the modernist and post-modernist movement in literature and art, and Soviet cinema. 

Highlights of the special music collections are a popular sheet music collection of over 10,000 items, the Victorian Flute Guild Collection, the Japanese Music Archive and the Early 20th Century Indian Music Collection and Thai Popular Music Collection, both comprising very large collections of 78rpm and vinyl recordings.

The Asian Collections house some very significant special collections, including the Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection, the David Chandler Cambodia Collection, the Balai Pustaka Collection, the Indonesian Historical Collection, which contains over 5000 volumes from the Dutch colonial period, the Southeast Asia Pamphlets Collection, the Malaysian Jawi Collection, the Burma Democracy Movement Collection, the Suetsugu Collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese books, and the Australia Tibet Council Collection.

Contact: Stephen Herrin (03) 990 59124


Murdoch University

Murdoch University Library's Special Collections consists of research collections across a range of disciplines.  Collection strengths are in the areas of speculative/science fiction, popular culture materials, counterculture materials indicating political and social change, a large collection of comics, Australian science fiction fanzines, a Mills & Boon Collection and a film tie-in collection. There is also manuscript material including the Irene Greenwood manuscripts, the archived papers of the Women's Electoral Lobby (WA) and the Abortion Law Reform Association, the Megan Sassi Collection and the papers of the Public Peace Committee. 

Contact: Kate Conway (08) 9360 2763

Southern Cross University

University of Adelaide

The Pacific Collection of more than 8,000 volumes is based on the library acquired in 1972 from Professor Henry Evans (Harry) Maude, former British Colonial administrator, head of the Social Development Section of the South Pacific Commission and Professor of Pacific History at the Australian National University. This expanding collection includes both books and journals on the history, culture, art, fiction and language of the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, with particular emphasis on the central Pacific. Additional strengths include mission history and Pacific anthropology/ethnology journals.

The Allan Wilkie - Frediswyde Hunter-Watts Theatre Collection comprises more than 6,000 books and journals and over 20,000 theatre programmes. It was bequeathed to the Barr Smith Library in 1976 by Miss Floy Angel Nan Symon and focuses principally on British and European theatre of the late 19th to mid-20th century. The collection features a delightful dance component, focusing on the Ballet Russes, including some outstanding illustrated editions, early treatises on dance, works of ballet critics and historians and a number of items on costume history and design. The collection is further supplemented by a diverse range of souvenirs, playbills and newspaper clippings and is continually augmented through subsequent donations.

Contact: Cheryl Hoskin (08) 8313 5224

University of Canberra  

University of Melbourne


University of New England

University of New South Wales

University of Newcastle

University of Queensland

The Fryer Library is the University of Queensland Library’s special collections branch. Founded as the Fryer Memorial Library in 1927 it houses a rich collection that includes rare books, manuscripts, photographs, recordings, theses, artworks and architectural drawings. The Fryer Library's extensive collection of published and original materials focuses on Australian literature and history, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Queensland architecture, and the papers of academics and alumni associated with the University of Queensland.

Contact: Simon Farley  (07) 336 56205


University of South Australia

The Bob Hawke collection contains research materials and memorabilia relating to Mr Hawke's life and career, including his time at the ACTU. Apart from personal papers, speeches and photographs, the collection also includes campaign material and iconic and interesting realia. The collection complements the Commonwealth records held by the National Archives. Complementary collections for Rosemary Crowley (womens’ issues and sport) and Chris Hurford, both members in the Hawke government are also held.

Contact: Dr Di Hodge  (08) 830 20318

Bob Hawke badgesBob Hawke scrapbookBob Hawke - women and media


University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Rare and Special Collections is an extensive collection that holds early printed books from Europe, Australia, America and Asia. We also collect high-quality facsimiles, examples of fine printing and binding and modern limited editions. There are over 170,000 items in this collection.  Some of the collection highlights include: approximately 56,000 books printed in Europe from the late 15th century to 1801; first and early editions of 17th and 18th century English literature, literary criticism and philosophy, particularly works by John Dryden and Thomas Hobbes ( the Macdonald Collection); occult sciences, demonology and witchcraft: original editions of 19th century fiction, particularly English "three-decker" novels; an extensive collection science fiction, and fantasy titles  which includes over 1500 comic titles from the 1930s to the present.

Contact: Libby O’Reilly


University of Tasmania

The special collections would be of particular interest to those with an interest in Australian and Tasmanian cultural, political and social history, for example the Quaker collection. The different collections cover a range of formats including lantern slides, letters, photographs, diaries.

Contact: (03) 6226 2222 or (03) 6226 7883

University of Technology Sydney 

University of Western Australia

The collection strengths include Indian Ocean maritime history and Australian literature. There is also a considerable amount of English Civil War pamphlets, Reformation literature and W.A theatre material. The collection is predominantly rare books, manuscripts and theatre programs.

Contact: Erin Fraser (08) 6488 4789


University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong (UOW) Archives comprises research collections relating to the University’s corporate and social history as well as the broader Illawarra region, with a particular emphasis on labour history, politics and education. Highlights include the Mount Kembla Mine Disaster research collection, the Cochrane Papua New Guinea archival collection, and a developing counter-culture collection. The UOW Archives  cultural collections have a substantial online presence

Contact: Clare McKenzie (02) 4221 3332


Victoria University

VU Library’s Special Collections contain unique research material on the Australian Communist Party, Australian Socialist groups, and left-wing Student groups. The Radical Literature Collection consists of pamphlets (1898-1986), books and journal titles mainly representing communist, Marxist or Trotskyist views, and newspaper clippings on subjects such as the Petrov affair, the basic wage and cost of living during the war years, atomic testing. The Ruth & Maurie Crow Collection provides an understanding of social issues at the time – Ruth’s work with women and children in Brunswick during WWII, and Maurie’s work in the Clerk’s Union, and their work in urban planning. The Ray Verrills Collection consists of books, journals and pamphlets about Australian literature, left-wing politics and philosophy in Australia from the 1940s onwards.

Contact: Frances O’Neil  (03) 99194065 or 0439634341


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2016 CAUL/ASA Fellowships - the winners


Frank Moorhouse and Australian Sci Fi fanzines to be explored by Matthew Lamb and Dr Jessie Lymn, taking up fellowships at UQ's Fryer Library and Murdoch University Library respectively.

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