The papers include correspondence, lecture notes, drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, research notes, journal articles, photocopies and notebooks relating to Gollan's long career as a history lecturer and labour historian and his interests in forest issues, the peace movement and uranium mining.
The Acc08/4 instalment comprises correspondence from about 1940 to 2005, biographical material, including Gollan's unpublished memoir, writings by Gollan, 1994-2003, files relating to Gollan's activities at the Australian National University, and copies of journals and newsletters.
Historian and academic. Gollan, a labour historian with interests in forest issues, uranium mining and the peace movement, was Manning Clark Professor of History at the Australian National University from 1976 until his retirement in 1982. Among Gollan's publications are, Radical and working class politics: a study of eastern Australia, 1850-1910 (1967), The Commonwealth Bank of Australia: origins and early history (1968), and, Revolutionaries and reformists: communism and the Australian labour movement, 1920-1955 (1985).