Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski Albums

Archive of Laser, Sound and Image Artist JS Ostoja-Kotkowski Inscribed on UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Enormous diversity: Joseph Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski
with one of his pioneering laser artworks

These archives of one of the world’s earliest artists to  work with laser, sound and image production - Joseph Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski – and which are partly kept in the University  of Melbourne’s Rare Books, have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register for Australia.

The Ostoja-Kotkowski collection comprises 15 volumes of artist's albums compiled between 1956 and 1992 by the Polish-born Adelaide artist Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski (1922-94). They include mainly photographs and press cuttings and document his career in stage design, murals, sculpture and holograms.

List of Albums

Date range of vol.

Content

1956 to 1962

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings(international & location)
  • Photographs (eg. opera )
  • exhibition catalogues, art posters

June 1962 to March 1964

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings(international & location)
  • Photographs (eg. opera )
  • exhibition catalogues
  • theatre programs
  • art posters (eg. Adelaide film festival 1962)
  • interview records

April 1964 to Dec 1964

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings(international & local)
  • art posters

Jan 1965 to Nov 1965

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs
  • exhibition catalogues
  • theatre programs
  • awards
  • stamps

Dec 1965 to Dec 1966

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs (eg. public art installations)
  • exhibition catalogues
  • theatre programs

Feb 1967 to Jan 1969

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs, eg art installations
  • exhibition catalogues
  • correspondence with John Reed
  • awards

Feb 1969 to Mar 1970

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs, eg art installations
  • exhibition catalogues, posters

Mar 1970 to Dec 1970

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings (international & local)
  • photographs
  • exhibition catalogues, posters
  • some correspondence

Dec 1970 to Jul 1972

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs
  • exhibition catalogues, posters
  • theatre programs
  • some correspondence

Jul 1972 to Dec 1974

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings (international & local)
  • photographs, eg art installations
  • exhibition catalogues, posters

Jan 1975 to Dec 1977

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings (international & Local)
  • photographs with G. Whitlam
  • exhibition catalogues, posters
  • theatre programs
  • some correspondence
  • Australia 75 festival of creative arts and sciences Canberra

Jan 1978 to Dec 1980

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings (international and local)
  • photographs
  • exhibition catalogues, posters
  • theatre programs
  • some correspondence, eg. letter from the Government House Canberra 1979

Jan 1981 to 1984

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs
  • exhibition catalogues, posters
  • some correspondence
  • awards

Mar 1984 to Mar 1987

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings (international and local)
  • photographs
  • exhibition catalogues and posters
  • art programs
  • stamps, eg. Aust Post issued a stamp design by Ostoja – Kotkowski
  • correspondence

Aug 1987 to Feb 1992

  • Newspaper & journal cuttings
  • photographs, eg art installations
  • exhibition catalogues, posters
  • correspondence, eg letter from Barry Jones
  • valuation certificate from Joseph Browns

Additional material by Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski, including correspondence, is located in the Meanjin Archive.

See: Katherine Smith, 'UNESCO Memory of the World registers Melbourne art archives', The Voice, vol. 2, no. 4, 17 March-14 April 2008, p. 4.

Access and Availability

This collection is not catalogued. Material may be accessed through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use our online request form.