Mike Daube Tobacco Control and Public Health collection
Emeritus Professor Mike Daube AO (born 1948) was a Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University from 2005 until his retirement in 2018. He is internationally renowned for his leadership in public health, especially in the areas of tobacco and alcohol.
The collection is strong in the history of tobacco control both in the United Kingdom and Australia dating from 1973. It includes published and unpublished documents, letters, ephemera and photographs. Later material covers other areas of public health including drugs and alcohol.
Melanesian Film Archive
The Melanesian Film Archive is an extensive collection of medical and anthropological films. The medical films are principally concerned with the neurodegenerative disease kuru, and the work Professor Michael Alpers in discovering the transmission of the disease which was confined to the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The catalogued collection comprises 513 research documentary films, and includes Matthew Stirling’s films of 1926 taken in West Papua, Beatrice Blackwood’s from the Anga in Papua New Guinea (1937) and Margaret Mead’s from Manus (1953); most of the films were shot in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s.
The archive also includes material from other regions of the world. Much of the film depicts disappearing or already lost cultural practices and human behaviours.
Havelock Ellis and Francoise Lafitte-Cyon (Delisle) Library
Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) was a renowned British physician, psychologist and sexologist.
The JCPML holds 196 published works from the library of Havelock Ellis and his partner Francoise Lafitte-Cyan together with correspondence, dated 1907 – 1929.
Jules Black Sexology collection
Dr Jules Black (born 1940) is an obstetrician, gynaecologist, and an internationally noted sexologist. The collection includes 300+ significant textbooks and works by post World War II sexologists, plus a few earlier works, and some personal papers of Dr Black.
The collection is a resource for researchers studying sexual behaviours, the theory and science of sexology, and clinical and therapeutic sexology.
Women’s Health Collection
The Women’s Health collection comprises more than 600 books and pamphlets documenting all aspects of women’s health, with particular focus on relationships, sexuality and birth control.
The principal strength is material published between the wars, but some nineteenth-century and earlier publications are included. The collection includes several first editions, classics of medical literature, books inscribed by the authors, and good representations of three important figures in the field of women’s health – Marie Stopes, Margaret Sanger and Havelock Ellis.
The collection is an excellent resource for researchers interested in the history of women’s health. While the strength of the collection is women’s health, the subject range is broader, and includes eugenics, gynaecology, sexuality, obstetrics, marriage, birth control, and changing attitudes to women’s health and women’s place in society.