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Australian Preservation Effort Aims $5 Million at Local History

Magazine article American Libraries

Australian Preservation Effort Aims $5 Million at Local History

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The Library and Information Service of Western Australia (LISWA) opened a new chapter in fundraising for preservation last December 2 with the establishment of the Save Our Century Fund.

Undertaken for LISWA by the Custodians of Western Australia State Library, a group of highprofile Western Australians who value the collections housed there, the objective of the Save Our Century Fund is to raise through corporate sponsorships, cash pledges, and bequests $5 million over three years to acquire and preserve significant Western Australian 20th-century heritage material in the State Library.

Some 1.5 million people live in the state of Western Australia, with over a million residing in the capital city of Perth. The remaining population is found in the remote areas of a state 10 times the size of Great Britain. In order to capture the heart and imagination (and money) of this diverse community, Save Our Century will concentrate on collecting stories unique to Western Australia in 10 categories: architecture and building, the arts, business, the land, mining and development, the people, science and technology, the sea, sport, and banking, finance, and law.

State Librarian Lynn Allen, in collaboration with the custodians, founding partners, sponsors, library board, and staff, has created a strategy to coincide with the fundraising and ensure that the State Library's precious collections are conserved, enlarged, and presented anew, taking advantage of the latest technologies.

The custodians were selected because of their ability to open the doors to captains of industry and encourage corporations to make the Save Our Century Fund their special way of marking the turn of the century and the millennium. The fund's founding partners include the region's newspaper, local television station, airline, and hotel. …

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