VU Special Collections - How to access and use: Patrick Wolfe

Victoria University Library manages the Patrick Wolfe monograph collection on behalf of the Aboriginal History Archive, Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit. Special collections items can't be borrowed, but may be viewed on appointment in the special collections reading room on level 4 of the Footscray Park Campus library in consultation with the Aboriginal History Archive.


The collection contains around 1400 books and a few single journal issues, which formed the personal library of Patrick Wolfe at the time of his death in 2016. It is a snapshot of a time in history and the study of race, colonialism, Aboriginal histories, genocide, theories of imperialism, and the history of anthropology. A wide range of subject areas are represented in the collection including Indigenous peoples, religion, philosophy, race, Marxism, and women’s rights.

View or download the list of material in the Patrick Wolfe Collection [PDF below].

Patrick Wolfe (1949-2016) was a historian and scholar in the field of settler colonial studies. His book, Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology, was published in 1999. This account of European settlement and colonialisation of Australia, with other examples of colonial settlement, had worldwide impact. His work involved the study of race and settler colonialism in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Israel and India.

Link through to further information regarding the life and work of Patrick Wolfe [VU authenticated access required on some items]. His life and work was celebrated in the publication 'Aboriginal History' (Vol. 40, 2016) in a section titled 'In Memoriam Patrick Wolfe 1949–2016'. Some of the linked articles below are from this publication:

Books authored or edited by Patrick Wolfe

Traces of history : elementary structures of race

Author: Patrick Wolfe
Publisher: Verso
Date: 2016

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Sovereignty : frontiers of possibility

Editors: Julie Evans, Ann Genovese, Alexander Reilly, Patrick Wolfe
Publisher: University of Hawaiʻi Press
Date: 2013

Stolen lands, broken cultures : the settler-colonial present

Editors: John Hinkson, Paul James, Lorenzo Veracini
Publisher: Arena Publications Association
Date: 2012

Book chapter: Settler Colonialism, A Global and a Contemporary Phenomenon