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Making sense of prime ministerial libraries

Abstract.

The chapter addresses the rise since the 1990s of five Australian university-based prime ministerial libraries. It sets this against the ways prime ministers have been documented and commemorated during the twentieth century, and also notes the variety of ways leaders are remembered in a selection of other countries. It discerns a lukewarm then accommodating response from the National Library and National Archives, and despite the establishment of the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in 2006, judges the hybrid framework for documenting our leaders weakly focused and coordinated yet somehow appropriate to its setting.

Keywords

prime ministerial libraries

prime ministers

Australian Prime ...

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