There are a number of useful guides to help researchers access the JCPML collection. The publications provide both biographical information and descriptions of the records.
John Curtin: Guide to archives of Australia’s Prime Ministers
A National Archives of Australia and John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library joint publication, 2004. This guide describes records on John and Elsie Curtin held by the National Archives, the JCPML and other institutions in Australia and overseas. The guide is available for downloading or purchase via the National Archives of Australia. (251pp, ISBN 1 920807 12 8)
Tom Fitzgerald, respected economist and journalist, planned to write a biography of John Curtin but became so enmeshed in his investigations that the work was still in progress when he died in 1993. His research papers provide new and intriguing insights into Curtin the ‘inner man’ as well as Curtin the prime minister. This web resource explores the research papers and the life and work of Tom Fitzgerald.
The State of Western Australia would have been the poorer without Alex McCallum’s contribution in the first four decades of the twentieth century – as a union leader, Cabinet Minister and head of the Agricultural Bank. Alex McCallum was an important mentor, colleague and long-time friend of John Curtin and the McCallum papers provide fascinating insights into this ‘Yeoman of the Labor Guard’, a man of ‘forceful personality and outstanding ability’.
Hazel Hawke shaped her own role during her years in The Lodge as wife to Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1983-1991). Her speeches, interviews, books and correspondence, along with a collection of family photographs, provide insight into her activities, values and aspirations.