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About the Journal

This highly regarded journal was founded by the Friends of the State Library of Victoria in 1968 to promote interest in the Library's Australiana collection. It was originally published as the La Trobe Library Journal under the editorship of distinguished historian Dr Geoffrey Serle.

In 1998, the State Library of Victoria Foundation became the sponsor of the journal, enabling the publication to expand considerably. Published twice a year in Autumn and Spring, the journal now includes scholarly articles on many known and unknown aspects of  the Library's collection.

The La Trobe Journal online

Launched in July 2007, this full-text online archive of  the La Trobe Journal allows researchers to access every article in every edition published since 1968. (Please note: journal editions published in the last two years are not available on this website. Recent editions can be obtained via the State Library of Victoria website.)

The La Trobe Journal website features scanned images of actual printed pages, as well as transcriptions of all text. Illustrations in articles can also be viewed and printed independently from the text.

Please note

There may be anomalies between the original printed material and the way the information appears on this website. In particular, page numbers on the transcribed article pages may occasionally not align with their page view equivalent, and there may also be some spelling errors.

The La Trobe Journal Editorial Committee is drawn from Foundation members and senior staff of the State Library. Opinions expressed in the journal are those of the individual contributors and no responsibility is accepted for them by the Editorial Committee or the State Library of Victoria Foundation.

Images and text on this website

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Where permission to reproduce material has been denied by the copyright owner, the material has been removed from the site.

We respectfully advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this publication includes images and names of deceased persons.


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