State Library calling for election materials

State Library calling for election materials

ELECTION material from candidates in the State Election is being called for by the State Library.

CEO and State Librarian Margaret Allen said election material has lasting significance

“It can tell a lot about Western Australia’s cultural, social and political history,” she said.

The State Library’s collection has flyers from the 1956 State election.

Election material provides fascinating reading and the State Library hopes to add to its collection during the 2017 campaign period.

Collections of emails, printed posters, flyers, how-to-vote cards, stickers and badges that represent Western Australia’s current political landscape in the lead up to the Western Australian State election on March 11 are all of interest for the library.

“The State Library’s collection of election material shows the issues that have been important to Western Australians at each election. They also demonstrate changing social norms, attitudes, opinions and the changing ways candidates interact with their communities.

“We need to continue to grow our election material collection from today’s candidates, parties, and groups lobbying support for candidates, so that future generations can see the changes in our society,” Ms Allen said.

“The public’s assistance in donating election material is greatly appreciated and the State Library will work to preserve this important material and make it accessible for the future.”

Material can be dropped off to Francis Street Northbridge or posted to 25 Francis Street, or emailed to serials@slwa.wa.gov.au

For collection highlights at the State Library: http://slwa.wa.gov.au/wa-story/ephemera-collection-highlights