Our Collections

The AFI Research Collection

The majority of our holdings are under the name of the AFI Research Collection. These holdings include clippings files, books, magazines, scripts, promotional film material and so on. A number of our holdings are pre-WW2 publications, and we are continually adding to our book, magazine, and clipping file collection. Please search the AFI Research Collection catalogue to discover more.

Crawfords Collection

Crawford Productions was founded in November 1945 by Hector Crawford and his sister, Dorothy.  In the early years, the company produced many successful radio programmes which had both national and international audiences. With the advent of television in Australia; Crawfords, produced the country’s first independent Australian television program, “Wedding Day” in 1956.  Over the next 50 years, Crawford Productions have created many iconic Australian television programmes such as Homicide, Division 4, The Sullivans and Flying Doctors, to name just a few.

In 2005, The AFI Research Collection received a large donation of materials from Crawford Productions when the company closed their Box Hill Site. The materials in our Crawford Collection include radio plays, scripts, stills, promotional items, background research materials and graphic materials. The collection provides a valuable insight into the Australian television industry.

The Henry Mayer Collection

In March 2003, the Australian Broadcasting Authority donated the Henry Mayer Collection to the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Over his many years as an academic, Professor Henry Mayer assembled and annotated a massive collection of communications literature. His collection is available to academics, students and researchers through the AFI Research Collection. Access Henry Mayer catalogue

About Henry Mayer

Henry Mayer (pictured right) was and continues to be an icon of communications scholarship in Australia. As Professor of Government at Sydney University from the 1960s to 1980s Henry taught many people who went on to exercise a significant impact on media and communications policy and practice in Australia. He is remembered for his support and encouragement of researchers, his encyclopaedic knowledge and prodigious intellect. Henry was a founder of Media Information Australia and was its editor until his death in 1991. It was largely through Henry Mayer’s efforts that the academic credibility of communications studies in Australia was established.

“Donald Horne once said that he was certain that in Henry’s basement there was a stone slab upon which he lay every day while every article, paper, monograph, and book of interest to him that had been published in the preceding 24 hours was beamed into his capacious brain.”

(Gil Appleton, Media Information Australia, no. 61, p.18)

Wayne Royal Levy Collection

We are happy to announce the addition of the Wayne Levy Collection of books into the AFI Research Collection. His extensive collection of books on film and television (in particular on adaptations of films into novels) are being catalogued.

Wayne Levy (January 26th 1944 – May 5th 2003) was born into humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia. He went on to international success in teaching, writing and documentary filmmaking.

Wayne always had a passion for teaching and went straight from high school to a teachers college to learn the craft.  After a six year stint at Sydney Grammar School, he returned to Melbourne in 1972 to marry Marilyn Sykes.  They would go on to have two children together – Sally, born in 1974, and Nicholas, born in 1977.

In 1979 Wayne and his family moved to America so he could complete his Masters at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.  Returning to Australia to lecture in media, journalism and mass communication at Victoria College, he was soon to travel overseas again with his family as 1984-85 saw him teach at the University of Singapore.  This led to opportunities working for Asian Mass Communication (AMIC), an association set up to teach people in Asia about mass media and journalism.

His work for AMIC took him to India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Timor over the next decade.  Through this period he also made many important documentaries, particularly for use in medical facilities and hospitals.  In Singapore he wrote a book on the infamous Raffles Hotel, and became their special guest.  This was to be one of over 40 books that he wrote throughout his life.

His love of traveling and history led Wayne to take his family throughout South-East Asia, to Burma, Malaysia and Sarawak (Borneo).  And at the end of his tenure in Singapore, Wayne and his family journeyed throughout Europe.  As an avid photographer, no photo opportunities were missed.

From 1987-1989 Wayne and his family lived in Bogor, Indonesia, where he taught students in media, and established a television studio.  He subsequently took his family to Egypt, to see all the incredible sites he had dreamt of visiting all his life.

His hard work overseas meant he could afford to build his own personal library, filled with books on his favourite subjects: film, history and true crime.  He was a passionate reader, and his library was a great source of pride.

After leaving Deakin University, he traveled to Tanzania at the end of 1999.  Here, as a Professor at the St Augustine University, he taught Africans the same skills he had been teaching his Asian students for so many years.  At the end of 2001 he moved to Gaborone, Botswana, where he established and designed a new course in mass media and journalism.  Living with his wife Marilyn in Africa, they had the opportunity to travel again – through Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Losoto and then to Middle East – Jordan, Syria, Israel, and Yemen.

From all his travels, he made friends all over the world.  By the end of his life he had been to over 30 countries, and there wasn’t a place that he went to where he didn’t touch someone’s heart.  He loved to teach, and made a difference to thousands of people through his work in developing countries.  His knowledge of teaching and media was unsurpassed, and respected internationally.

Wayne Levy died suddenly on 5th May 2003 in Gaborone, Botswana of a heart attack.  He was only 59.  He is survived by his two children, Sally and Nicholas, and his devoted sister Linda.

To read more about how people have used these collections with their research please go to Research Opportunities page

Edited by AFIRC librarian, April 14, 2014

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