National Library of Australia
The collection comprises extensive research files maintained by Professor Reid and his research assistants while researching the history of the Commonwealth Parliament. The files contain notes, articles, newspaper cuttings and printed materials, as well as photocopies of primary materials dating from as early as 1861.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1845768).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Gordon Reid, National Library of Australia, MS 8371, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers were donated by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in two instalments in 1989 and 1990.
The files are named and arranged in a numerical sequence devised by the researchers.
The papers also contain 1987 drafts of an unpublished chronology of the Federal Parliament, 1901-1986 and drafts and proofs of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament, 1901-1988: ten perspectives published by Melbourne University Press in 1989.
Files 1.3 - 8.3 appear to correspond to the time periods discussed in the chronology, while files 9.3 onwards seem to contain background material for the Ten perspectives. There are some omissions in the numbering of the files.
Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia, 1966-70, 1974-78, 1983-84; Vice-Chancellor, 1978-82; Governor of Western Australia, 1984-1989, and author and joint author of various publications on Australian politics including The politics of financial control (1966), Out of the wilderness: the return of Labor (1974), The Western Australian elections (1974), and The premiers of Western Australia, 1890-1982 (1982). Professor Reid, assisted by Dr Martin Forrest, was commissioned to write a history of the Commonwealth Parliament as part of the Parliament's Bicentenary Publications Project. Professor Reid died in 1989.