National Gallery of Australia Research Library and Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

National Gallery of Australia Research Library and Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • NGA


  • National

Contact area





Street address

Parkes Place, Parkes




Australian Capital Territory

Country name

Postal code



02 6240 6592




Description area


The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is a Commonwealth authority established under the National Gallery Act 1975 (Cth). The Act empowers the Research Library and Archive to:

  • Collect, and make available, information on the visual arts.
  • Make available services in relation to the visual arts including the carrying out of investigations and the giving of advice.
  • Arrange for, or to assist in, research into matters pertaining to the visual arts.

The principal responsibilities of the Research Library and Archives are to inform, educate and engage. These collections exist to aid and encourage in-depth research into the history of Australian arts, its business and industry activities, and the social and recreational life, politics and contemporary concerns of Australian artists.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The Research Library and Archive Collection Development Policy addresses building on existing strengths, filling gaps in these areas, and extending the collections for scholarly research.

The collections of the Library and Archive support the requirements of the National Gallery’s curatorial, education, conservation and research staff, and the work of visiting scholars. The Library’s mandate extends as well to the national and international scholarly communities, and to a varied clientele of museum professionals, students, artists, journalists, collectors, dealers and the general public.

The collections emphasise advanced research, but user needs are supported at the general inquiry level.



  • Personal Papers: Marion Hall Best, Anton Bruehl, Peter Burns, James Cant & Dora Chapman, Maximillian Feurring, Lindsay Bernard Hall, Helene Kirsova, Mandy Martin, James Mollison, Mike Parr, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Oliffe Richmond, Loudon Sainthill, Wes Stacey, Arthur Streeton, John Lesley Wright
  • Organisational Papers: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Art Libraries Association (Australia and New Zealand), Australian Gallery Directors’ Council, William Dobell Art Foundation, Print Council of Australia
  • Art Gallery Papers:  Australian Centre for Photography, Avago Gallery, Gallery A, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Susan Gillespie Gallery
  • Oral History: James Gleeson: Interviews with Australian artists, 1977-1980
  • Ephemera
  • Australian and New Zealand artists files
  • International Art and artists files.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm closed Wednesda.

Access conditions and requirements

Telephone, mail, fax etc queries handled for all. Reader's ticket required for personal access (conditions apply).


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Copying services for books, journals, original records to A3 size, microfilms, photographs and newspapers.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 6 June 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Parkes Place, Parkes
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600