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Research Materials

A volunteer in the Lu Rees Archives

As part of our service to researchers, the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives) collects materials about authors, illustrators, publishers and critics of Australian children's literature. With these materials we create research files. These files contain items such as articles, reviews, publicity material, transcripts, biographical and bibliographical notes, artwork and manuscripts. In total, there are 30 categories of materials that we try to collect on authors and illustrators.

We also hold in addition to the above:

  • The Walter McVitty Publishing Archive
  • The Artists' Artwork Collection
  • The Childrens' Book Council of Australia Childrens' Book Week Artwork Collection
  • Publishers' Files
  • Critics' Files

Indexes and Guides

Author and Illustrator Indexes

Contents Sheets

We have arranged and described the contents of some files using Encoded Archival Description. Some of these Contents Sheets have been made available on this website as Guides to Research Materials.

Finding Aids

These Finding Aids are available here in PDF format.

Walter McVitty Publishing Archive

Details of this publisher's archives are available here.

Artists' Artwork Collection

By surname A-L and M-Z

CBCA Childrens' Book Week Artwork Collection

By surname A-Z

Publishers' Files

By surname A-Z

Critics' Files

By surname A-Z

Item Types

A list of Item Types of the material we collect for research files is also available.

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