Jun 6, 2016

2016 Federal Election Ephemera

Election fever has hit again, and the National Library is after election material from our area.


What do they want?


-Printed federal election campaign material: leaflets, how-to-vote cards, letters to constituents, stickers, badges or posters. Basically anything printed to promote a party or candidate, or to lobby on election issues like education funding, immigration, marriage equality, taxation, Pistol and Boo....
No item - or issue - is too small!

-Original published material, rather than photocopies, scans or digital files.

- Hot tips and recommendations for election-related websites might digitally archive: pass these on via the PANDORA nomination form.

- Some election-related satire and a bit of silly stuff (like the 2013 Boney Abbott and Chewlia Gillard dog toys), as well as commercial tie-in product advertising like the Muffin Break “Bean Poll” counter displays or Nick Xenophon’s empty Pyne pizza box.

Why do they want it, and what do they do with it all?

- The National Library is keen to ensure a permanent documentary record Australia’s political history is publicly available: despite being quite annoying during the campaign, this material is important primary documentation that provides a unique perspective into Australia’s political landscape and social life.

- The Library gathers and preserves printed election campaign materials for every Australian federal election, the collection dates back to Federation in 1901.

- It is used in many ways by many people, including students, historians, journalists, biographers - and sometimes even the politicians themselves.

How can you get it to them?

-Contact the library to arrange for courier collection on (02) 6262 1180 or email them on calderse@nal.gov.au

-People can also post item to the library via their Reply Paid address:

Ephemera Officer

Printed Australiana - National Library of Australia

Reply Paid 83281

PARKES ACT 2600


What don’t they want?

· Material for state and local government elections

· Photocopies, photographs or digital scans of the material

· Overly enormous objects or banners.

· Clippings or adverts cut out of journals and papers.


Can't the parties and politicians send their stuff instead?

They do, but they are not very reliable. They get very busy during a campaign, and tend not to keep copies of their own material, so it's up to the public to help. 

To find out more visit https://www.nla.gov.au/ephemera/federal-election-campaigns 

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