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The Robin Boyd Foundation is committed to making the culturally significant collection housed in Boyd’s 1958 family home accessible online to all members of the public. This will enable many more visitors to experience the Boyd family home and explore Boyd’s influence. 

Many of Robin Boyd’s original manuscripts (handwritten, or typed and edited by hand), covering newspaper columns, journal articles, TV scripts and public lectures, are held by the foundation. There are also over 1500 slides taken by Robin Boyd of architecture across Australia and overseas, used as source material for his books and to illustrate his lectures.

The collection also holds original architecture journals, newspaper cuttings, correspondence and other significant material.  All this material is being read, catalogued and digitised by our Research & Collections volunteer team.

Angela Gehrig’s generous bequest to The Robin Boyd Foundation in 2017 has funded the digitisation. Angela Gehrig was part of the first group of volunteers to start this ambitious project in 2014. As an academic librarian, she brought invaluable expertise to our team. She was a warm, much loved friend of her team colleagues and we miss her.

Victorian Collections, a web-based searchable database, is being used to host our digital collection.  Here are some examples: 1965 ManuscriptSlide in India 1964Asher Bilu’s SolstarBruce Anderson, Ladder-frame furniture and Revere Ware pots and pans.

Research and Collections volunteers are also developing 3D virtual tours. Currently, 3D tours of the Boyd House at Walsh St and Greg Burgess Studio are available. Further tours are being produced and we expect to launch our next tour, featuring Manning Clark house in Canberra, in early 2022.

We thank our many volunteers who have contributed expertise and help to the Research and Collections team since 2014. Cataloging days are fun and discoveries are continually made.

Our Research & Collections volunteers meet regularly at Walsh Street .

If you are interested to know more, please email us at collections@robinboyd.org.au

The digitisation of the Robin Boyd Foundation collected was generously funded by the Angela Gehrig bequest 2017.