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The Lu Rees Archives

Bob-a-thon 2014

The Lu Rees Archives is a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection includes over 25,000 books, with some 3000 of these in overseas translations in 53 languages, over 420 research files, and significant collections of authors', illustrators' and publishers' papers, manuscripts and artwork. The resources are publicly available, and visitors are welcome during opening hours.

The mission of the Archives is to enhance the appreciation of Australian children's literature by collecting, preserving and making available wide-ranging resources through programs, events and exhibitions. Lu Rees, the founding President of the ACT Branch of The Children's Book Council of Australia proposed in 1974 that there should be a collection of research files about Australian children's authors and illustrators together with a collection of their books. In 1980 this collection was deposited at the University of Canberra Library so it could be publicly available. The Archives is an incorporated body in the ACT, with a Board which includes the Management Sub-committee and the Foundation Sub-committee.

The Archives is supported by the National Board of The Children's Book Council of Australia, which generously funds the Archives' part-time staffing. The ACT Branch provides a small donation annually and volunteer support. The University of Canberra Library houses the collection, catalogues the books, and provides materials to support the collection. Australian publishers donate their children's books as they are published.

The graphics at the top of this page are taken from the Lu Rees collection:

  • Slide 1 Japanese anime characters as key rings of Lief and Barda, based on Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series;
  • Slide 2 From the Shaun Tan collection.
  • Slide 3 Rare book, Little Miss Anzac : the true story of an Australian doll
    written by Ada A Holman, T.C. & E.C. Jack, [1917]
  • Slide 4 Quartet of rare books written by Irene Wilkinson and illustrated by Edith Grieve, Georgian House, 1945
  • Slide 5 Reference material about Australian children's literature
  • Slide 6 Research files with material about Shaun Tan
  • Slide 7 Author's notes, manuscripts, storyboard and published book, Going Home written by Margaret Wild & illustrated by Wayne Harris, Walker Books, 2009
  • Slide 8 Original artwork by Pixie O'Harris for The Wind in the Willows written by Kenneth Grahame, Rigby, 1983
  • Slide 9 Original artwork by Ron Brooks for Rosie and Tortoise written by Margaret Wild, Allen & Unwin,1998
  • Slide 10 Original artwork by Kim Gamble for Bunyips Don't! written by Sally Odgers, Scholastic, 1996

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The Lu Rees Archives is proudly supported by The Children's Book Council of Australia and the University of Canberra Library.

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