Research the history of activism, protests, rallies and campaigners in Victoria using pamphlets, posters, badges, images, articles, interviews and books.
The papers of B A Santamaria (1915–1998) include a collection of nearly 400 tapes of speeches and talks given by this well-known conservative political activist, social commentator and thinker. A list of these tapes is available in the Library's Heritage Collections Reading Room.
Journalist Christopher Bantick has interviewed a number of social and political campaigners and commentators, including:
You can organise access to oral histories in our collection by telephoning 03 8664 7009. Items can generally be made available 48 hours after your request is placed (subject to system compatibility). Please note that we do not provide secondary school students with access to these collections.
The Santamaria collection can be accessed by quoting the reference MS 13492.
The Bantick collection can be accessed by quoting the reference MS 14017.
The Audio and Oral History Collections of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives are extensive. In addition to oral history interviews, the Archives holds audio records of radio broadcasts, conferences, speeches at public meetings and demonstrations dating back to the 1950s.
Further oral history archives can be found in the collections of Sydney's Pride History Group. Many of these histories can be downloaded from the group's website.
In line with the stage 3 restrictions announced by the Premier, State Library Victoria closed on Thursday 9 July.
We will advise when there is any update to this situation.
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