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The Rare Book collection was established with the opening of the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1985. The manuscript collecting program, initiated jointly by the English Department and the Library, began in 1986.
In 2013, a partnership was established between the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra and the National Archives of Australia, resulting in an agreement to transfer custody of the John Howard Collection to UNSW Canberra. The John Howard Reading Room was subsequently opened in 2014 for the use of all Special Collections readers.
Australian literary manuscripts; Australian military history manuscripts.
The Special Collections are located within the Academy Library, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and house rare books and manuscript collections. The collection currently includes some 13 500 rare books, and more than 370 manuscript collections.
The Rare Book collection is particularly rich in the areas of Australian military history and Australian literature, however the Special Collections also has significant holdings in Australian exploration literature, English literature, and general Australian history.
The manuscript collection contains manuscript material of national significance in the disciplines of Australian military history and Australian literature. The collection of former Prime Minister John Howard is highly relevant to the Defence Studies discipline.
Special Collections are available to view (by appointment only) by students and staff of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and visitors and researchers from outside the University, as outlined in the Special Collections Access and Use Policy.
Special Collections items may only be consulted in the John Howard Reading Room. Requests for items must be made via the Special Collections Enquiry form available on the website.