Guide to the Papers of David Sloper
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- David Sloper
- Papers of David Sloper
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 9820
- 0.7 metres (5 boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises papers on the history of the University of Papua New Guinea including planning, building, consultations, development and staffing. There are papers on localisation and staff development, seminar, conference and working papers by Sloper and papers on the development of the Teachers College at Goroka. In 1972, during his term as staff officer at the University of Papua New Guinea, Sloper was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. Letters, diaries, reports and papers collected during his study tour of universities and ministries in East Africa and Southeast Asia form part of this collection.
Additionally, there are general papers on staffing, education and politics, Papua New Guinea and local areas, the University of Papua New Guinea and Goroka Teachers College, the Churchill Trust, a telegram, newspaper cutting, correspondence, itinerary, reports, notes and correspondence. Correspondents include Roly Gill, Anthony Roland-Jones and Ivor G. Meddleton.
Subjects include higher education in Papua New Guinea, the University of Papua New Guinea, administrative staffing, women’s education, adult education, Goroka Teacher’s College, localisation, and the Churchill Fellowship.
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1494583).
Conditions Governing Use
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 David Sloper, National Library of Australia, MS 9820, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Library by David Sloper through the University of New England Archives in 1997
Further archives of David Sloper are held at the University of New England.
The library has arranged the material into four series. Many of the papers were in files and the contents have been kept intact. Published items relating to Papua New Guinea which were received with this collection have been incorporated into the Library’s general collections. Indonesian material relating to Institut Pertanian Bogor has been integrated into the general collection.
David Sloper gained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney in 1968, and a Diploma in Education in Developing Countries by coursework at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1971. In 1975 he gained a Master of Educational Administration at the University of New England and a PhD at the University of New England in 1994 with his thesis, ‘The Office and role of vice-chancellor in Australian Universities’.
He was a Consultant in Human Resource, Management and Organisation Development and an Honorary Fellow at the University of New England. During 1996-1997 he was principal consultant to the National Higher Education Action Plan in Cambodia. His memberships include the Australian College of Education and the Association for Tertiary Education Management, and he is a life member of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration.
The author of several books and a large number of articles, Sloper received various scholarly awards, including the Churchill Fellowship in 1972 while working as the Localisation Officer at the University of Papua New Guinea. During the course of the Fellowship he conducted study tours of Universities in Malawi, Uganda, India, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
Sloper was a staff member at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1969-1976, and worked with the Goroka Teacher’s College during its amalgamation with the University of Papua New Guinea in 1975. One of his later positions, in 1982-1983, was that of Consultant to the World Bank Small Enterprise Development Project in Indonesia where he worked with the Institut Pertanian Bogor Project.
The collection comprises papers on the role, planning, development, staffing, and organisation of the University of Papua New Guinea, and inaugural lectures, guides, site plans, and papers on staff development and localisation by Sloper. There are also papers on the development of the Teachers College at Goroka including submissions for funds, the 1975 budget, course structure, and a history of Goroka. Sloper was a staff member at both the University of Papua New Guinea and the Teacher’s College, which was amalgamated with the University in 1975.
Subjects include higher education in PNG, adult education, administrative staffing, women’s education, localisation (replacement of repatriates and job- placement of locals), Port Moresby Dental Clinic and Goroka Teachers College.
David Sloper was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1972, while working as the Localisation (Staff) Officer at the University of Papua New Guinea. During the course of the Fellowship he conducted study tours of universities in Malawi, Uganda, India, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya to ‘examine the process of Africanisation of the administrative staff of various universities and look at adult and community education programmes’ and ‘to examine the process of localisation of the administrative staff of several universities and look at the administrative organisation and procedures within each organisation’.
The series comprises information on the Churchill Trust, a telegram, newspaper cutting, correspondence, itinerary, reports, notes and correspondence. Also included are pamphlets from countries and institutions visited. Letters are from Roly Gill, Anthony Roland-Jones and Ivor G. Meddleton.
This series comprises letters, notes, programs, reports and papers of workshops, conferences and seminars. Sloper organised the 1974 workshop on ‘Effective Administration in a University’.
Subjects include University administration and registrars, localisation, land tenure in Papua New Guinea and Australian aid to Papua New Guinea. Letters are from H. J. Croft, H. McCredie, and ‘Helen’, on behalf of E. G. Kedgley.
The series comprises general articles on politics and economics in Papua New Guinea, the University of the South Pacific, a list of David Sloper’s archives at the University of New England, and notes pertaining to a program of assistance to Institut pertanian Bogor, Indonesia.