The UNSW Canberra John Howard Collection represents a nationally significant record of Australia’s recent history.

It comprises more than 10,000 items of personal papers and official records from the early years of John Howard’s political career to his time as Treasurer, Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister, covering the period from 1974 to 2007. See our image library from The Howard Library launch.


The Collection is publicly available for access, by appointment, in the John Howard Reading Room at the UNSW Canberra Academy Library.

All requests must be made via the Special Collections Enquires form.

The Library contains a collection of John Howard’s personal papers and memorabilia (JHL 001) from his time as Prime Minister (March 1996–December 2007), as well as the personal archives of several of Howard’s cabinet.

The manuscript collections can be accessed through Special Collections by searching the Finding Aid Index.


NB: The Doctorate and Masters programs are not currently taking enrolments.


The Howard Government Volumes draws on nearly 12 years of unpublished documents from John Howard’s papers held at UNSW Canberra.

With contributions from John Howard, other politicians, media commentators, key public servants and academics, The Howard Government Volumes will inform future assessments of the Howard Government and its place in Australian history.

Volume 1
Volume 2

Studies of the howard years

Aulich, Chris and Roger Wettenhall (eds), Howard's Second and Third Governments: Australian Commonwealth Administration 1998-2004, Sydney: UNSW Press.

Barnett, David and Pru Goward, John Howard: Prime Minister, Melbourne: Penguin.

Boucher, Geoff and Matthew Sharpe, The Times Will Suit Them: Postmodern Conservatism in Australia, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Brett, Judith, Relaxed & comfortable: the Liberal Party's Australia, Melbourne: Black Inc.

Cater, Nick (ed.), The Howard factor: a decade that changed a nation, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Clancy, Mike, Howard's seduction of Australia: where to now? Sydney: Fast Books.

Clune, David, 'Back to the future?: the November 2001 Federal election', Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 17, no.1 pp. 3–16.

Davis, Mark, The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Errington, Wayne and Peter Van Onselen, John Winston Howard: the definitive biography, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Frame, Tom (ed.), The Ascent to Power, 1996: The Howard Government Volume I, Sydney: NewSouth Books.

Frame, Tom (ed.), Back from the Brink, 1997-2001: The Howard Government Volume II, Sydney: NewSouth Books.

Frame, Tom (ed.), Trials and Transformations, 2001-2004: The Howard Government Volume III, Sydney: NewSouth Books.

Frame, Tom (ed.), The Desire for Change, 2004-2007: The Howard Government Volume IV, Sydney: NewSouth Books.

Grattan, Michelle (ed.), 'John Winston Howard', Australian Prime Ministers, Sydney: New Holland, pp. 436–463.

Horne, Donald, Looking for leadership: Australia in the Howard years, Melbourne: Penguin.

Howard, John, Lazarus Rising: a personal and political autobiography, Sydney: HarperCollins Publishers

Kelly, Paul, The March of Patriots: the struggle for modern Australia, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Leaver, Richard, 'The Meanings, Origins and Implications of "the Howard Doctrine"', The Pacific Review, vol. 14, 2001, Issue 1.

Maddox, Marion, God under Howard: the rise of the religious right in Australian politics, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Manne, Robert (ed.), The Barren Years: John Howard and Australian political culture, Melbourne: Text Publishing.

Manne, Robert (ed.), The Howard Years, Melbourne: Black Inc. Agenda.

Markus, Andrew, Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australia, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Megalogenis, George, The Longest Decade, Melbourne: Scribe Publications.

Prasser, Scott and Graeme Starr (eds), Policy and Change: the Howard Mandate, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger.

Rundle, Guy, 'The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction', Quarterly Essay, vol. 3, 2001, pp. 1-65.

Schreer, Benjamin, The Howard Legacy: Australian military strategy, 1996-2007, Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Singleton, Gwynneth (ed.), The Howard Government Australian Commonwealth Administration 1996-1998, Sydney: UNSW Press.

Wesley, Michael, The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia 1996–2006, ABC Books.

Windschuttle, Keith, David Martin Jones and Ray Evans (eds), The Howard Era, Sydney: Quadrant Books.