James Gleeson Oral History Collection
20 February 2008
Portrait of James Gleeson1997
gelatin silver photograph 40.0 x 31.0 cm National Library of Australia
© Jacqueline Mitelman 2008
The National Gallery of Australia library’s James Gleeson oral history has just been accepted into the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Australian Memory of the World Register, during the current UNESCO conference, Canberra 19 - 22 February.
The James Gleeson Oral History Collection joins other culturally significant material on the Register including the Endeavour Journal of James Cook, the Mabo Case Manuscripts, the Sorry Books and The Story of the Kelly Gang 1906.
The Oral History Collection comprises 98 interviews with prominent Australian artists accompanied by 2000 photographs of the works discussed in the interviews, as well as edited transcripts.
The oral history project was initiated by the Gallery’s first Director, James Mollison, before the Gallery was opened. James Gleeson also served as Chairman of the Acquisitions Committee at the Gallery in 1974 -1975. At the time he was conducting the interviews he was a member of the Australian National Gallery Council.
As primary unpublished records, they are of enormous significance to the Australian community. The Library’s aim is to increase awareness and access to these alternative – and rich – research resources for the Australian visual arts. They deserve to be heard, to be read and most of all, to be used.
The interviews have been documented on the Research Library catalogue and a website has been created to provide a sampling of the interviews, including audio and images.
For further information please contact
Available for interview: Joye Volker NGA Chief Librarian m: 0407 204 507