Rare Books Collection - Baillieu Library

The Rare Books collection comprises of around 250,000 volumes of books, journals and ephemera that because of their age, beauty, rarity or other factors, are not suitable for placing on the open shelves. The International collection consists of early printed books, periodicals and pamphlets. The collections also include manuscripts, high quality facsimiles, modern limited editions, examples of fine binding and printing and notable private press collections, including Doves and Kelmscott Press. The Australiana Collections comprise books and some serials, newspapers and pamphlets published in Australia or on Australian subjects or by an Australian author. The Book Arts Collection holds around 350 artists’ books, the majority of which are Australian made with many created by Melbourne artists. The collection aims to demonstrate the history and development of artists’ books both within Australia and internationally.

13.1 Curatorial research project – 80 Years of Meanjin, online exhibition (PROJECT ASSIGNED)

This project offers the opportunity to assist the Rare Books Curator in the creation of themed content for the online exhibition 80 Years of Meanjin. There will be three panel sessions online, corresponding with the online exhibition. The themes are ‘letters to the editor’ at Meanjin, Australian cultural identity and Meanjin, and poetry in Meanjin.

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