J.M. Main Archive


Name of Collection

J.M. Main Archive

Type of material

Papers, manuscripts

Inclusive dates

1769-90, 1930-1984


37 archive boxes


Special Collections, Level 3, Central Library

Conditions of access

General conditions of access.


For information on James Millar Main, see J.M. Main Bequest

This archive was transferred from the University Archives to Special Collections in February 2007.

Further description

The archive contains the following material:

Folders 1-2:Manuscripts acquired by J.M. Main dated 1767-90, including correspondence between 1st Marquess Townshend, John Lees, Lord Robert Bertie, John Willaston and Samuel Pipe; correspondence between G.F. James and Philip Styles, 1934 and 1936.

Folders 3-69: Papers relating to post-graduate studies at Oxford and to the earlier period of J.M. Main's tenure of a Lectureship at the University of Melbourne. 1949-59.

Folders 70-182: Papers associated chiefly with the period 1955-1966 at the University of Melbourne, but including some later material.

Folders 183-458: Papers as Senior Lecturer (1966) and Reader (1967) in History at Flinders University. 1966-84.

Folders 459-486: Papers relating to C.H. Main (father of J.M. Main) and other members of the Main family, together with a copy of a statement of the estate of J.M. Main, copies of obituaries, etc. 1930-1984.

Pamphlet box with personal correspondence

A detailed inventory with index is available from the Special Collections Librarian.