The Lu Rees Archives is a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection includes over 25,000 books, with some 3000 of these in overseas translations in 53 languages, over 420 research files, and significant collections of authors', illustrators' and publishers' papers, manuscripts and artwork. The resources are publicly available, and visitors are welcome during opening hours. The mission of the Archives is to enhance the appreciation of Australian children's literature by collecting, preserving and making available wide-ranging resources through programs, events and exhibitions.
Lu Rees, the founding President of the ACT Branch of The Children's Book Council of Australia proposed in 1974 that there should be a collection of research files about Australian children's authors and illustrators together with a collection of their books. In 1980 this collection was deposited at the University of Canberra Library so it could be publicly available. The Archives is an incorporated body in the ACT, with a Board which includes the Management Sub-committee and the Foundation Sub-committee.
The special strength of the Archives, comprising some 22 500 titles in 2011, including rare and foreign language titles, authors’ and illustrators’ papers, manuscripts and artwork, and research files on over 400 Australian creators, is that all this related material has been gathered together in one readily accessible place for students, researchers and the general community. This broad and in-depth collection provides a particularly rich and comprehensive overview of Australian children's literature, its creation and publishing endeavour.
The Archives is supported by the National Board of The Children's Book Council of Australia, which generously funds the Archives' part-time staffing. The ACT Branch provides a small donation annually and volunteer support. The University of Canberra Library houses the collection, catalogues the books, and provides materials to support the collection. Australian publishers donate their children's books as they are published.
You can learn much more about the collection on their website, located at http://www.canberra.edu.au/lurees/home