John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University, Perth

Identity area



Authorized form of name

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University, Perth

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University of Technology, Perth


  • University

Contact area


Coordinator Library Special Collections



Street address

Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley




Western Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 9266 4205


08 9266 4185


Description area


The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) which opened in February 1998, recognises the contribution to Australian society of war-time prime minister and international statesman, John Curtin (1885-1945). He was prime minister from 1941 to 1945.

It is Australia’s first prime ministerial library and is situated on the Bentley campus of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. The JCPML aims to advance knowledge and enrich culture by providing a focus for research and educational programs which engage Curtin staff, students and the wider community.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) is managed as part of Curtin University Library Special Collections. It is located in a separate facility at the Bentley campus and staffed by two members of the University Library staff.

Records management and collecting policies

The JCPML is a specialist research and educational facility which collects material that documents the history and politics of Australia relating to the life and work of John Curtin. The collection is being actively developed to include the broader themes of the American-Australian relationship, post-war reconstruction, foreign policy, social and political history, and prime-ministership as an office.



The JCPML collection includes personal papers, oral histories, photographs, film and sound recordings, copies of official records, memorabilia, artworks and other archival material.

The JCPML has digitised material in its own collection and provides electronic access to these items through the Electronic Research Archive (ERA) available through its home pages at:

Finding aids, guides and publications

An overview and guides to the collection is available at

Access area

Opening times

JCPML Reading Room: Open: Monday to Friday 10am-2pm or by appointment.
Closed public holidays, between Christmas and New Year and during University shutdown period.

Access conditions and requirements

To avoid inconvenience it is recommended that an appointment is made prior to visiting. Proof of identification is required to access archival material.


Nearest visitors parking is available in the D3 car park; payment required.

Services area

Research services

Reference enquiries can be made by email or phone:

Reproduction services

Copying service is available for original records to A3 size. Photography is permissible for personal and research purposes.

Public areas

Control area

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Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 15 May 2020




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
Perth, Western Australia 6102