Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

Identity area

Identifier

daa/395

Authorized form of name

Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

Type

  • State

Contact area

 

Collections Coordinator, Online and Research

Type

Address

Street address

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Locality

Melbourne

Region

Victoria

Country name

Postal code

3004

Telephone

03 9281 8446

Fax

Note

Description area

History

Collecting began in the late 1970s and two early major acquisitions were the J C Williamson Theatre Archive and the Dame Nellie Melba Collection. Today, the collection holds over 680,000 items, including major acquisitions from Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Barry Humphries, Bell Shakespeare, the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Opera and The Australian Ballet.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Staff-in-charge: Collections Coordinator, Online and Research.

Records management and collecting policies

The Australian Performing Arts Collection focuses on performing arts including circus, theatre, opera, dance and music.

Buildings

Holdings

Holdings include:

  • J C Williamson: Documents, programs, photographs, 1900-1980.
  • Barry Humphries: Documents, programs, photographs, artwork, 1960- present.
  • Dame Nellie Melba: Correspondence, programs, photographs, 1880-1930.
  • Aztec Services - Beatles Australian Tour: Documents, 1964.
  • Bert Myer Chevron Hotel Collection: Documents, photographs, artwork, 1955-1970.
  • Handspan Theatre: Documents, photographs, diaries, posters, 1980.
  • Holden Brothers Circus: Documents, posters, flyers.
  • Fowler's Australian Dramatic Players: Documents, posters, flyers, notebooks.
  • Archive holdings for Playbox Theatre, The National Theatre.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday and Tuesday 10am-4pm (appointment required).
Closed public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Research topic should be outlined by letter or telephone and three week's advance notice of visit is required.

Accessibility

Services area

Research services

The Collections Coordinator provides basic research assistance free of charge. Charges apply for more in-depth research and time, by arrangement.

Reproduction services

Researchers are welcome to photograph items for their own research purposes as set out in our access agreement.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 11 April 2018

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Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3004