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Germaine Greer’s archive to come to the University of Melbourne

Date: 28 October 2013

It isn’t often that archives make news, but when the archive belongs to Germaine Greer then there’s bound to be some interest. Today, the University of Melbourne Archives announced  it will be acquiring the papers of this important public intellectual who has been described by by Carmen Callil as  ‘a living work-in-progress’.

The archive will provide original research material for scholars in an extraordinarily wide range of subjects, from literature, feminism, theatre, film, art history, social history and the human rights movement to environmental conservation, politics, human contraception and reproduction. Highlights include: early drafts of the international best seller and land mark in the women’s movement The Female Eunuch.  Published in 1970, the book became an international bestseller and a landmark in the history of the women’s movement; original essays, lecture and class notes and reading notes; appointment books dating back to the 1960s; interviews, recordings, digital correspondence…and more!

The archive has been acquired with the support of generous donations, including a significant gift from Melbourne MBA graduate and company director Margaret Jackson, Trawalla Foundation Chair Carol Schwartz, Penny Maclagen and Dr Chris Scown, Sue Morphet, and Pauline Gandel. Dr Greer will be donating the fee she received from the sale to her charity, Friends of Gondwana Rainforest, which is dedicated to helping landowners in Australia rehabilitate rainforest.

You can read more about the acquisition here, at the University of Melbourne Library webpage.

As feminist historians and archivists, we at the Australian Women’s Register are very excited by this announcement.  We hope that it will inspire others to think carefully about protecting their own archives and to seek advice if they think they might be of interest to researchers of the future.

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