Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre

An independent body called the Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre Inc. was established in October1997. Its members actively support the continuity and functional integrity of the Centre. The Friends are fortunate to count individuals from all Australian States and Territories and from overseas countries as members.

The Friends objectives are:

  • to help preserve and extend the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at The Australian National University in such ways as the Association may determine;
  • to foster among members of the Association and other interested parties a sense of involvement with, and understanding of, the collections, objectives and operations of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre; and
  • to publicise the resources and facilities of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre to stimulate greater awareness within the community of the role of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre.

Conservation fund

The Friends have started a conservation fund to repair and stabilise some of the fragile items in the collection that are of high research value. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

Publication: Light from the Tunnel

The Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre have published Light from the Tunnel: Collecting the archives of Australian business and labour at The Australian National University 1953 - 2003. Barry Howarth and Ewan Maidment (eds). 2004. Canberra: $25 per copy ($20 for members) plus $3 postage in Australia.

Published for the 50th anniversary of the start of the collection by the famous economic historian of Australia, Noel Butlin. Twenty authors recount the origins and forging of this great national collection. There are stories of working in the Gardener's Cottage,the H.C. Coombs Building and the Tunnel repository (over Parkes Way) where the collection is now stored. Today archivists and researchers have their own elegant quarters in the Menzies Library Building, but it wasn't always so good.There are stories too of people who have used the archives for their different researches, and of the many struggles to keep the Archives going.

Joining the Friends

To join the Friends please email the Secretary. Annual membership fees are $20.00 for individuals, $15.00 for pensioners, and $50.00 for institutions.

Patron

  • Professor Stuart Macintyre, University of Melbourne.

2017 Committee

  • Michael Piggott (President)
  • Dr John Dargavel (Vice President)
  • Colleen McEwen (Secretary), Carol McNally (Treasurer)
  • Victor Isaacs,
  • Sarah Lethbridge
  • Dr Kylie Carman-Brown
  • Anne Piggott
  • Eileen Boyldew
  • Maggie Shapley (ex officio)

Contact

LPO Box 8231,
The Australian National University
Acton ACT 2601 Australia
Email: butlin.archives@anu.edu.au