Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Personal papers

The Library collects personal papers, particularly those with relevance to Victoria, such as letters and correspondence, diaries, memoirs and other unpublished texts.

These collections can also include photographs, electronic records, artworks, genealogies, maps, and audio and video recordings.

Personal papers are collected on the basis of historical, literary or cultural significance to Victoria. The Library holds the personal papers of many figures who have achieved a level of standing or influence in the Victorian community, including Sir Redmond Barry, Ned Kelly, John and Sunday Reed and Peter Carey.

Significance does not just apply to those with a level of fame. Charles Evans, Caroline Dexter, Anne DrysdaleJong Ah Sing and Edward Snell may not be household names but their papers (and others entrusted to the Library) provide a unique window into the past, documenting the social life and customs, personal histories, thoughts and opinions of the myriad people who have played a part in the formation of today’s Victoria.

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