The Callaway Centre

Preserving Australia's Sound Heritage

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The Chief Investigators thank the following organisations for their support and funding:

This project involved creating a web-based research infrastructure in support of two major music archival collections: the Handa Collection at The University of Western Australia and the Australian Archive of Jewish Music at Monash University.

  1. Project overview
  2. Scope
  3. Significance
  4. Outputs

Project overview

Important music archive resources at the University and Monash University are now available to researchers through the use of web-based methods of delivery.

Methodologies have been developed to solve archival issues relating to preservation, retrieval, rights management and delivery of two major collections: the Handa Collection and the Australian Archive of Jewish Music. The project output is universally and easily available through online access.

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Through the School's Callaway Centre Archive, UWA has established infrastructure for the processing of key sections of the Handa Collection.

The Handa Collection is a significant Australian music collection numbering more than 150,000 items. It was acquired in 2003 with the support of the Japanese philanthropist, Dr Haruhisa Handa. Especially important are audio materials of significance to Australian music research including performances by famed early-twentieth century Australian vocalists, instrumentalists and composers.

At UWA the collection resources are publicly accessible online as catalogue records and as digital objects, where the works are in the public domain and/or copyright cleared. Online access is through the Callaway Centre Archive catalogue, Libraries Australia and Music Australia. Materials not able to be shared publicly have been stored digitally and are available onsite for research purposes at the Callaway Centre Archive.

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There are clear social and cultural benefits from this project:

  • The project is about the reclamation of Australia’s musical heritage. This enriches musicological, socio-musical and historical accounts of Australian society
  • The link to the National Library’s acclaimed music sharing resource Music Australia has ensured that the project outcomes are available to the broader community as well as to the community of scholars
  • Access to this body of previously unavailable material will stimulate research and lead to a greater awareness of Australia's sound heritage.

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At UWA, the Callaway Centre Archive has an online presence that will enhance researchers’ access to its collections and provide the infrastructure necessary to allow for future cataloguing and processing of its extensive collections.

Outputs include:

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