Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House Trust. Active
official records. Including business records, programs, photographs, press
clippings, art works, posters, photographs, architectural plans and
Dennis Wolanski Archives
of the Performing Arts. Collection of
manuscripts, photographs and other memorabilia donated to the Dennis Wolanski
Library of the Performing Arts, 1973-1997. Includes material re Sir Eugene
Goossens, Sir Charles Moses, Jorn Utzon and other notable figures in the Opera
Specific examples include
Indyk, Shelley and Rice,
Susan. The Sydney Opera House as
envisaged by Joern Utzon, Nov 1961.University of Sydney thesis, 1981.
At State Records
New South Wales
Public Works and Services
Opera House files c1962-1975 and architectural plans. Includes original
competition drawings submitted by Jørn Utzon.
Sydney Opera House
re, inter alia,
selection of site, final draft of SOH competition brochure, competition
answers to questions; memorandum to competitors; assessors reports,
identification of designs; and professional fees.
Opera House Official Opening Committee
Sydney Opera House Trust
files, including business records, programs and photographs.
about the Sydney Opera House can also be found in records of the NSW Education
Department, Premier's Office, State Lotteries of NSW, Ministry for the Arts
and Edward Herbert Farmer, among others.
At State Library of NSW
Jorn Utzon records
1956-1967. Files from Utzon's Sydney
office, including manuscripts, pictures, architectural drawings and models.
Guide to the collection at ML MSS 2362/1.
Ralph Symonds collection. Includes
photographs of SOH models, glass walls, cladding and panelling.
Ronald A Gilling.
Utzon, the Institute and the Sydney Opera House: a narrative of how the
resignation affected the profession and the part played by the Royal
Australian Institute of Architects, 2002. [ML MSS 7405].
National Library of Australia
H. Ingham Ashworth.
Papers 1954-1966. Relate entirely to the Sydney Opera House. Includes
copies of minutes of Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Panel, Traffic
Sub-committee and site conferences. Also includes letters from Jørn Utzon,
Sir Davis Hughes and others, reports, articles, photographs, an architectural
model, drawing and plans.
50 interviews were recorded by the Dennis Wolanski Library and Archives of the
Performing arts 1988-1995 with architects, engineers, administrators,
politicians, commentators and tradesman. Tapes and transcripts are located at the
Sydney Opera House Trust Corporate Affairs Department.
collection of 1017 contact sheets from the collection of Don McMurdo
(1930-2001) is held by the National Library of Australia. Don McMurdo was
employed by the Sydney Opera House Trust as official photographer during the
1970s and 1980s. The National Library collection documents over 200 opera,
theatre and ballet performances between 1976 and 1998, as well as some
photographs relating to concert performances. An extensive collection of
official photographs by Don McMurdo and others is located at the Sydney Opera
House and State Records NSW. See also other photographs located in the State
Library of NSW and other repositories as described in the Archives and
Manuscripts section above.
Powerhouse Museum has a collection of photographs from the estate of Sydney
Opera House architect Peter Hall. Includes 178 black and white images by Max
Dupain, taken during the construction 1959-1973m and selected by Hall from
Dupain's collection of 1500 negatives. The photographs were purchased by the
medical technology company ResMed Ltd at an auction in London in May 2004,
before being donated to the Powerhouse Museum. [SMH 12 July 2005].
Opera House Trust
a collection in chronological sequence from 1972. To facilitate public access
a full chronological set has been transferred to State Records NSW along with
a comprehensive card index of performances 1973-1978, An extensive collection
in alphabetical collection of House programs were also transferred to the
University of New South Wales Library [see below].
State Records New South Wales
Sydney Opera House Trust
program collection 1972-. The Sydney Opera House retains programs
for all events presented at the House. Between 1973 and 1997,
they were selectively indexed in manual and electronic systems, which
are available at the Sydney Opera House, State Archives and/or
University of New South Wales.
University of New South Wales
Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts program collection. About 80,000
items including files of presentations at the Sydney Opera House and
associated card index. The AusStage National Performing Arts Database Project
is currently developing plans to index the collection.
Library of New South Wales
programs under legal deposit obligations, including performances at the
Sydney Opera House.
At Seaborn Broughton & Walford Foundation
material from the Sydney Opera House including General Manager, Lloyd Martin's
collection. The Wolanski Foundation is currently assisting the SBW Foundation
to develop a Library & Archive Management Plan and Collection Development
Policy, with recommendations on the future of transferred material.
At Sydney Opera House
A small collection of
clipping files on the
construction and administrative history of the Sydney Opera House 1937-2000,
beginning with the Musical Association of New South Wales’ advocacy for a
national house for opera. Daily Telegraph 12 July 1937 are located in the
Corporate Affairs Department of the Sydney Opera.
At SBW/NIDA Archive
Extensive files of clippings
on the performance history of the Opera House 1961-1995 were transferred to
the University of New South Wales Library in 1997, then transferred to the
National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2005.These were accompanied by a
card index to the collection, including all stage works (theatre, dance and
opera) performed at the Sydney Opera House 1972-1996.