Wanted: federal election material for our National collection

National Library’s Election Ephemera Collection are looking for printed campaign material, including flyers, letters to constituents, how-to-vote cards, stickers, badges, posters, or any other original published material to promote a party or candidate, or to lobby on election issues.

Political ephemera provides a unique perspective into Australia’s social life and political landscape ”“ the rise and fall of policies, issues, parties, and careers. The material produced by candidates, lobby groups, officials and journalists reporting the story is all important. 

Federal Election Ephemera Collection ranges from manifestos to the ”˜unofficial’ Election Bean Poll – where café customers were invited to show their political preferences using coffee beans ”“ to a complete digital archive of major party policies, courtesy of the National Library of Australia’s Pandora service, delivered through the new  Australian Web Archive.

National Library has the largest collection of political memorabilia in Australia covering every Australian federal election since Federation in 1901. By collecting 2019 federal election ephemera, the Library can preserve and make accessible to political and social historians of the future, the stories of today.

Help the library collect the latest chapter of Australia’s political history.

To find out how, contact Ephemera Officer, Fiona Spooner via email  fspooner@nla.gov.au  or phone 02 62621180 or visit: https://www.nla.gov.au/ephemera/federal-election-campaigns

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