Jean Whyte biography

Professor Whyte had a distinguished career in librarianship. She was the foundation professor in the Graduate School of Librarianship (now part of the Caulfield School of Information Technology) established at Monash in 1975, a position from which she retired in 1988.

She was instrumental in establishing masters courses in librarianship, archives and records, building a strong PhD and masters by research program, and developing Monash's research profile in these fields.

In 1976 she founded Ancora Press – taken from the Monash University motto Ancora imparo ('I am still learning'). The hand printing press, now housed within the Centre for the Book on the university's Caulfield campus, was set up to support the teaching of bibliography and textual studies, specifically in librarianship and English.

A keen book collector, she left a large part of her personal collection of rare books to the Monash University Library, including a substantial collection of Australian poetry and private press books.

Jean also left a sizeable bequest from her estate to support research in librarianship, records and archives, and to support the library's research collections in English literature, librarianship and philosophy, reflecting her professional and personal interests. Jean Whyte's sister, Phyllis Whyte, also bequeathed a substantial part of her estate to Monash University in honour of her sister.

This money was used to establish the Jean Whyte Fund for research into Librarianship, Archives and Records at Monash University.