Jazz Archives in Australia
The need for a dedicated jazz archive had long been an objective for Australian jazz historians, researchers and record collectors. An earlier attempt to establish an Australia-wide archive was initiated at an Australian Jazz Convention but, notwithstanding the availability of material and enthusiasm, the venture was hampered by lack of adequate on-going funding, trained archivists and a central repository. This did not deter the dedicated activists and in late 1993, jazz musician, writer and academic, Bruce Johnson, approached the Australian government for support. The bureaucratic progress was slow and it was not until February 1996 that discussions took place with the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra ACT out of which came a productive public meeting in Sydney NSW, the formation of the Australian Jazz Archive Council comprising delegates representing regional jazz-community groups and meetings in Sydney and Melbourne leading to the formation of the independent Victorian and NSW Jazz Archives in September 1996 and October 1996 respectively. In February 1998, with the cooperation of the NF&SA, a dedicated Australian Jazz Archive was formally established at the NF&SA in Canberra ACT. The South Australian Jazz Archive was inaugurated in July 2003 but attempts to set up jazz archives in other states have, so far, met with limited results.
Currently, the following Jazz Archives operate within Australia:
Australian Jazz Archive (within the National Film & Sound Archive).
McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
All correspondence to: GPO Box 2002, Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6248 2000
Fax: (02) 6248 2222
Toll Free: 1800 067 274
NSW Jazz Archive Inc.
Secretary: Neil Cairns
Australian Jazz Museum (formerly The Victorian Jazz Archive Inc.)
15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna, Victoria.
All correspondence to: PO Box 6007 Wantirna Mall, Vic. 3152.
South Australian Jazz Archive Inc.
All correspondence to: 19 Ray Avenue, Morphett Vale, SA 5162
Tel: (08) 8326 3795
Other Australian Archives, which hold extensive jazz collections, include:
The Australian National Library, Canberra ACT.
The Mitchell Library (within the State Library of NSW), Sydney NSW.
and the following State Libraries:
Adelaide, South Australia.
Perth, Western Australia.
© Bill Haesler OAM