An independent expert assessed the significance of the then Lu Rees Archives (now the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature) in 2012 commenting that the Archives’:
- The Australian collection has historic and research significance particularly from 1960
- Translations are among the strongest in the country
- Research files on Australian authors and illustrators are invaluable
- Papers, manuscripts and artworks include some of Australia’s most important authors, illustrators and publishers.
- Exceptional diversity is a particular strength with its collections of books, manuscripts, artwork, papers of authors, illustrators and publishers, newspaper articles, reviews, photographs, audio material, publicity material and other printed ephemera, journals and theses, which cover the period from 1960.
Lester and Clyde’s catastrophic adventure
written and illustrated by James Reece, Scholastic Press, Sydney, 2003