Guide to the Papers of John Howard Collection


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Manuscript Name Papers of Hon. John Howard
Manuscript Number MSS -
Last Updated May 2018
Extent 317 boxes (70 m)
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract

Notes, personal papers, correspondence, early Commonwealth records, press clippings, transcripts of speeches and interviews, election pamphlets and other items covering the covering the period from 1974-1996.

Collection Subject Type 

Miscellaneous

Scope and Content

The John Howard Collection contains personal papers and associated Commonwealth records dating back to 1974.

Access to the collection has been made possible through a partnership between the National Archives of Australia and UNSW Canberra under Section 64 of the Archives Act 1983.

UNSW Canberra will progressively receive papers and Commonwealth records from the National Archives John Howard Collection as they enter the open access period as defined by the Archives Act 1983 and become available for public access.

The material will be received in Tranches. The first tranche was received in August 2014.  Papers from the first years of John Howard’s Prime Ministerial period 1996 will become available on 1 January 2019 with the complete set including his last year as Prime Minister in 2007 available by 2028 following staged release by the National Archives.

The materials available in 2014 include notes, personal papers, correspondence, early Commonwealth records, press clippings, transcripts of speeches and interviews, election pamphlets and other items covering the covering the period from 1974-1996.

Date Range of Content 

1974-2007

Biographical Note 

The Hon. John Winston Howard (26 July 1939 - ), OM, AC served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1996 to 2007 for three terms. Only Sir Robert Menzies has served in the position longer. Howard was leader of the Liberal Party from 1985 to 1989 and from 1995 to 2007.

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Howard

Biography from National Archives of Australia

The Hon. John Winston Howard (Hon.LLD 2013) was awarded an honorary degree from UNSW in 2013 (Doctor of Laws honoris causa) for significant service to the nation as Treasurer and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia (1996–2007).

The UNSW Canberra Academy Library, Special Collections Reading Room is named in honour of the Australia’s second-longest serving Prime Minister the Honourable John Howard OM AC. The John Howard Reading Room was officially opened by John Howard in August 2014. https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/library/john-howard-collection

Administrative Information 

Access and Copying Conditions 

Access to the John Howard Collection is available through the John Howard Reading Room within the UNSW Canberra Academy Library and online via the UNSW website and National Archives’ Record Search database. As new custodian, UNSW Canberra assumes responsibility for the preservation, digitisation, storage and care of the John Howard Collection and for enabling access to researchers for tranches in the open period, held by UNSW.

Access: Open Access for tranches received by UNSW.  Other tranches are closed until NAA opens them under the Archives Act 1983 and releases them to UNSW. The last tranche (for the last year of John Howard as Prime Minister 2007) is expected in 2028.

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Crown copyright.  The National Archives has granted a non-exclusive, royalty free licence to use, publish and make copies, reproductions and adaptations of the whole or any part of the Material, in any form.

There is some third party material in the collection. For this material the National Archives had endorsed copying under the Terms of the Archives Act, which allows third party material to be copied.

 

Preferred Citation 

Papers of John Howard Collection, held at UNSW Canberra, Academy Library, Australian Defence Force Academy.

Followed by the NAA preferred citation style: NAA: Series number, control symbol (item number).

Refer to NAA Factsheet 7 ‘citing archival records’ for more details: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs07.aspx

 

Provenance 

Access to the collection has been made possible through a partnership between the National Archives of Australia and UNSW Canberra under Section 64 of the Archives Act 1983, signed in June 2014.

The Section 64 arrangement ensures the records remain part of the archival resources of the Commonwealth subject to the provisions of the Archives Act 1983 i.e. owned by National Archives.

Custody of the collection is held by UNSW Canberra.

Additional Information 

Related Material 

The green Chesterfield armchairs and sofa used by John Howard in his Prime Ministerial office were moved to the John Howard Reading Room in 2016 to mark the 20th anniversary of the election of the Howard Government. They are on long-term loan to UNSW from the Department of Parliamentary Services. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/new-lease-of-life-for-john-howards-fabled-seat-of-power/news-story/e9531e96ff10c433a4b76618dfadee1a

Gifts given to John Howard while in office have been donated by John Howard to the UNSW John Howard Library, located at MOAD (due to be officially opened in 2018).

The exhibition ‘The Road to the Lodge’ to mark the 40th Anniversary of Howard’s election to federal Parliament and the transfer of the collection to UNSW in 2014 is now located at the John Howard Library.

 

Subject Keywords 

Subjects 

Politics, politicians, Howard government, Liberal Party, prime ministers. 

Personal Names 

Hon. John Winston Howard (26 July 1939 - ), 

Corporate Names 

Liberal Party

Occupations

Prime Minister

Container List

The collection is catalogued in the National Archives of Australia RecordSearch. [Use advanced search - commonwealth person to retrieve all the records arranged by series number].

An overview of what we’ve got, what tranches are coming and when: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/Bzem15EyQszKMTO

Tranche 1: List of items with box and file barcodes: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/YJxJV3wUhpOQDvj