MS 9258
Records of Harkness Fellowships of the Commonwealth Fund: Australian Division



Scope and Content Note

Records

1938-97 (bulk 1953-97)

7.14 m. (47 boxes and 1 carton)

Partly closed: Series 1, 2 (folders 3,4,5,6 and 8), 3 and 7 are closed for 60 years from the date of creation.

The collection was donated to the National Library in February 1998 by the Australian Representative of the Harkness Fellowships.

The records include letters of applications, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and printed material. The correspondents include Keith Kirby, Terrence Larkin, Eric G. Saint, L.T. Hinde, Gail Potter Neal, J.T. Larkin, H.C. Forster, E.K. Wickman, Lansing Hammond, J. Melville, Gorley Putt, R.L. Johnston, Howland Sargeant, Carleton Chapman, Roger Beale, Margaret E. Mahoney, Sheila Widra, Gordon Stephenson, H.C. Coombs, Sir Owen Dixon, Sir Roland Wilson, Sir Ninian Stephen, Quigg Newton, Tracy Baxter and Gail Potter Neale.

The records have been kept in files and wherever possible this arrangement and the file titles have been retained by the Library.

Other records of the Harkness Fellowships are held in the Rockefeller Library in New York.


Historical note

The Commonwealth Fund is a philanthropic foundation set up in the United States by Anna Harkness in 1918. In 1925 her son, Edward Harkness, initiated the Commonwealth Fund Fellowships which were intended to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships by enabling British graduates to study in the United States. In 1927 the scheme was widened by the creation of Dominion Fellowships available to graduates from universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. In 1929 a further category of Dominion Civil Service Fellowships was established. The awards were tenable from nine to fifteen months and candidates were to be under the age of 40.

In 1961 the Fellowships were renamed the Harkness Fellowships. In addition to the Civil Service Fellowships, a new category of General Fellowships was set up, open to people in the fields of business, banking, politics, creative arts and journalism. The maximum tenure period was extended to 21 months. In 1966 the distinction between Public Service and General Fellowships was abandoned. In 1970 the upper age limit was reduced to 30. On the completion of their tenure, Harkness Fellows were required to return to Australia for at least two years.

Until 1953 applications for all awards were handled by the London office of the Commonwealth Fund. In 1953 an Australian Nomination Committee was formed and local correspondents were appointed in each State and the ACT to answer inquiries and encourage applications. Sir Owen Dixon was the first Chairman of the Committee. The Executive Officers were H.C. Forster (1953-72), L.T. Hinde (1972-85) and Roger Beale (1985-97).

Since June 1997, the activities of the Harkness Fellowships in Australia have been limited to the field of health care. The present Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy Representative is Dr Jane Hall.


Series List

Series Title
1

Fellowships files: current Fellows (F5), 1938-96 (Closed)

2

Fellowships files: deceased Fellows, 1953-95 (Partly closed)

3

Fellowships files: former Fellows (F4), 1966-77 (Closed)

4

Historical files (H 1 - H 7), 1953-96

5

Continuing files: numerical order (C 1 – C 25), 1954-87

6

Miscellaneous files, 1983-96

7

Fellowships applications, 1989 -97 (Closed)

8

Printed material


Series Description

Series 1

Series 1 Fellowships files: current Fellows, 1935-96 (Closed)

The series contains files of Australian men and women who were awarded Harkness Fellowships between 1935 and 1996. The records include letters of applications and related correspondence with Keith Kirby, Roger Beal and Tracy Baxter, notifications of change of addresses and cuttings (compiled by the organisation and mostly relating to the career of the Fellows after their return to Australia).

The files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Folder

Title

Year of the Fellowship

1

Paula T. Amad, 1995

1995
2

Jennifer Anderson, 1994-95

1995
3

Lindie Clark, 1995

1996
4

Kate Graham, 1995-96

1995
5

Simon Hawkins, 1994-95

1995
6

Anthony W. Keenan, 1995

1995
7

Tracy Keenan, 1995

1996
8

Stephen Kent, 1996

[n.d.]
9

John C. Lake, 1956-57

1957
10

J.T. Larkin, 1964-65

1965
11

Nigel Lendon, 1973-76

1974
12

Michael L’Estrange, 1986-93

1987-88
13

Moira S. Lewitt, 1995

1995
14

Jeremy Liew, 1995

1995
15

Roger Lough, 1976

1976
16

R.A. Love, 1985-90

1986-88
17

Nicholas Mansfield, 1988-89

1989-91
18

Martin Mercer, 1996

1996
19

Rodney Milgate, 1967-94

1968
20

Jeannette Milgrom-Friedman, 1980-83

1982
21

Stephen Mills, 1982-85

1983
22

Adele Milne, 1990-91

1991-92
23

Susan Moore, 1990-91

1991-92
24

Rosemary Morgan (now Damazer), 1976-80

1977
25

James D. Morrison, 1955-56

1956
26

Stewart F. Morton, 1957-58

1958
27

Donald Moss, 1975-77

1976-77
28

Karen A. Mumford, 1989-90

1990-91
29

Patrick McCaughey, 1968-87

1969
30

Arthur A. McCutchan, 1954

1954
31

Craig McGregor, 1968-85

1969
32

John L. McIntosh, 1980-81

1981
33

Kenneth R. McKinnon, 1962-73

1963
34

Peter D. Nicholls, 1967-90

1968
35

Christine Nixon, 1983-84

1984
36

Mark D. Norman, 1991-92

1992
37

Suzanne Northcott, 1994-95

1995
38

Philip Nott, 1979-80

1980
39

Barry Nurcombe, 1961-72

1963
40

William O’Brien, 1967-71

1968
41

Elliot S. O’Driscoll, 1956-67

1957
42

Seweryn Ozdowski, 1983-87

1984
43

William T. Parsons, 1958-59

1959
44

Robert Pascoe, 1980-92

1981
45

Ingrid Periz, 1986-87

1987-89
46

Keith Pike, 1987-88

1988-89
47

Caitlin Pincus, 1988-90

1989-91
48

Elizabeth Prior (now Johnson), 1982-90

1983
49

Vincent Plush, 1980-85

1981
50

Edward Pocock, 1984

1958-59
51

Desmond J. Power, 1968-74

1969
52

Harley Preston, 1966-90

1969
53

Henry D. Pridmore, 1957-58

1958
54

Harsha Ram, 1985-91

1986-88
55

Allan F. Rainbird, 1964-67

1965
56

John Roberts, 1966-69

1967
57

John H. Roberts, 1979-84

1980
58

Stella J. Rozanski, 1992-93

1993-94
59

Andréa Ryan, 1995

1995
60

Peter Salama, 1995-96

1996
61

Edward R. Sandercock, 1968-82

1969
62

Stephan Sargent, 1968-70

1969 (not taken up)

63

Peter R. Scrymgour, 1958-59

1959
64

Peter Sculthorpe, 1964-82

1965
65

Lawrence W. Shears, 1958-73

1959
66

Kenneth J. Shephard, 1965-82

1966
67

Christina Slade, 1995

1996
68

Terence E. Smith, 1970-74

1972
69

Austin Snare, 1959-62

1960
70

Norman Sneath, 1960-61

1961
71

Randolph Stow, 1963-84

1964
72

Lionel Stubbs, 1954-94

1955
73

David J. Tracey, 1981-85

1982
74

Sandra Tancibudek, 1979-85

1980
75

Charles K. Taylor, 1964-72

1965
76

Newton Tiver, 1959-85

1960
77

Rod Tucker, 1974-85

1975
78

John G. Uhr, 1984-87

1985
79

John J. Veehers, 1960-85

1961
80

George Wade, 1956-57

1957
81

Christopher Wallace-Crabbe, 1964-67

1965
82

Kenneth McKenzie Wark, 1995

1995
83

Robert M Warneke, 1965-70

1966
84

Katrina Watson, 1984-88

1985
85

William Weedon, 1964-66

1965
86

Garth Welch, 1965-85

1966
87

Jonathan West, 1987-90

1988-89
88

James Wharton, 1961-68

1962
89

John Whimp, 1966-68

1967
90

John P. White, 1968-87

1969
91

Ian E. Woodrow, 1984-87

1985
92

Anthony Woods, 1967-75

1968
93

Commonwealth Fund Fellows prior to 1954:

Sir John Crawford

1938-40

Howard Foster

1935-36

William Gibbs

1951-52

D.O. Jordan

1948-49

James Melville

1934-36

Arthur Smithies

1932-34

Gordon Stephenson

1936-38

Denis Winston

1932-34
94

Advanced Fellowships in the Health Field in the Special Foreign Program, 1955-66:

Eric G. Saint

Basil S. Hetzel


Series 2

Fellowships files: deceased Fellows, 1953-95 (Partly closed)

The files of deceased Fellows have been kept separately. The papers comprise correspondence, their applications for Fellowships and newspaper cuttings which often include obituary articles.

Folder

Title

Year of the Fellowship

1

Leslie V. Bellis (1925-1977), 1958-59

1959
2

Lindsay J. Croft (1967-1994), 1992-94

1993-94
3

Ronald G. Downes (1916-1985), 1953-84

1954-55 (Closed)
4

Philip T. Griffiths (1921-1974), 1954-55

1955 (Closed)
5

Robin Lovejoy (1923-1985), 1960-63

1961 (Closed)
6

Robert C. Moore (1932-1979), 1967-69

1968 (Closed)
7

Sidney Nolan (1917-92), 1992

1958-60
8

Kenneth H. Wanganeen (1948-1990), 1977-90

1978 (Closed)
9

Brett Whiteley (1934-1995), 1966-95

1967

Series 3

Fellowships files: former Fellows (F 4), 1966-77 (Closed)

One of the conditions imposed by the Harkness Fellowships was that on the completion of their tenure in the US (or Canada), the Fellows were required to return to Australia for at least two years. Three of the Harkness Fellows from Australia did not meet this condition and their names were therefore removed from the Harkness Fellowships Directory.

The series includes correspondence and Fellowships applications.

Folder

Title

Year of the Fellowship

1

Sidney Bloch, 1971-77

1972
2

Duncan Chappell, 1967-71

1968
3

John R. Nicholas, 9167-71

1968

Series 4

Historical files (H1 - H7), 1953-96

The series comprises files of correspondence and reports, mostly concerned with the visits of American Harkness Fellowships officials to Australia.

The correspondents are H.C. Forster, Roger Beale, Tracy Baxter, Terrence Larkin, Eric G. Saint, L.T. Hinde, Gail Potter Neale, Keith Kirby and E.K. Wickman.

Folder

Title

File

1

Correspondence of the Australian Nomination Committee, 1953

H 1
2

Visit of E.K. Wickman, 1953

H 2.1
3

Visit of L.V. Hammond, 1959

H 2.1
4

Visit of Malcolm Aldrich and J. Gifford, 1961

H 2.1
5

Visit of L.V. Hammond and Gorley Putt, 1964

H 2.1
6

Visit of John Fox and Quigg Newton, 1966

H 2.2
7

Visit of Gorley Putt, 1967

H 2.2
8

Visit of Robert L. Johnston, 1971

H 2.2
9

Visit of Carleton Chapman, 1978

H 2.3
10-12

Visit of Margaret Mahoney, 1981

H 2.4
13

Visit of Howland Sargeant, 1981

H 2.5
14

A.L. Atherton, Jr., 1985

H 2.6
15

Gail Potter Neale, 1985

H 2.7
16

John Craig and Roy Atherson, 1991

H 2.8
17

Visit of Keith Kirby, 1992

H 2.9 - H 2.11
18

Keith Kirby, 1995

H 2.10
19

Keith Kirby, 1996

H 2.11
20

Miscellaneous reports and correspondence, 1957-59

H 3.1
21

Miscellaneous reports and correspondence, 1963-82

H 3.2
22

Sponsors: general, 1962-67

H 4
23

1968 Awards, includes correspondence with H.C. Forster, 1967

H 5
24

Correspondence concerning the reduction in the number of Awards to Australia and New Zealand, 1967-68

H 6
25

Correspondence regarding the retirement of H.C. Forster, 1974-75

H 7

Series 5

Continuing files (C 1 - C 25), 1954-87

The files in this series are arranged in numerical order: C 1 - C 24 (Files C 20-21 were not received). The records include correspondence and cuttings relating to meetings of the Australian Nominations Committee (A.N.C.), the award of Harkness Fellowships, press releases (announcing the awards), financial records, Harkness Fellowships' newsletter My dear Fellow, and statistics.

The major correspondents are L.T. Hinde, J.T. Larkin, H.C. Forster, E.K. Wickman, Lansing Hammond, J. Melville, Gorley Putt, R.L. Johnston, Howland Sargeant, Carleton Chapman, Roger Beale, Margaret E. Mahoney, Sheila Widra, Gordon Stephenson, H.C. Coombs, Sir Owen Dixon, Sir Roland Wilson, Sir Ninian Stephen, Tracy Baxter and Gail Potter Neale.

Folder

Title

File

1

Lists of applicants: 1954-63 Awards

C 1.1
2

Lists of applicants: 1964-72 Awards

C 1.2
3

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1972-73

C 2.1
4

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1974-75

C 2.2
5-6

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1976-77

C 2.3
7

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1978

C 2.4
8-9

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1979-80

C 3.1
10

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1981

C 3.2
11

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1982

C 3.3
12

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1983

C 3.4
13

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1984

C 3.5
14

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1985

C 3.6
15

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1986

C 3.7
16

Meetings of the A.N.C., 1987

C 4
17

Press statements on Harkness Fellowships Awards, 1953-54

C 5.1
18

Press statements on Harkness Fellowships Awards, 1975-82

C 5.2
19

Press statements on Harkness Fellowships Awards, 1983-85

C 5.3
20

Press statements on Harkness Fellowships Awards, 1986-87

C 5.4
21

Statistics of applicants, 1974 Awards

C 6
22

Correspondence with New York, 1949-54

C 7.1
23

Correspondence with New York, 1955-57

C 7.2
24

Correspondence with New York, 1958-61

C 7.3
25

Correspondence with New York, 1962-63

C 7.4
26

Correspondence with New York and London, 1964-66

C 8.1
27

Correspondence with New York and London, 1967-74

C 8.2
28

Correspondence with New York and London, 1975-77

C 8.3
29

Correspondence with New York and London, 1978-79

C 8.4
30

Correspondence with New York and London, 1980-81

C 8.5
31

Correspondence with New York and London, 1982-83

C 8.6
32

Correspondence with New York and London, 1984- Jul. 1985

C 8.7
33

Correspondence with New York and London, Jul. 1985-87

C 8.8
34

Correspondence with New York and London, 1988C

8.9
35

Correspondence concerning policy, 1960-69

C 9.1
36

Correspondence concerning policy, 1970-77

C 9.2
37

Correspondence concerning policy, 1978-86

C 9.3
38

Appointment of the Australian Nomination Committee: correspondence, 1964-74

C 10.1
39

Selection Committee Memberships: correspondence, 1995

C 10.2
40

Selection Committee Memberships: local correspondence, 1975-85 ?

41

Nomination Committee: correspondence, 1954-66

C 11.1
42

Nomination Committee: correspondence, 1967-74

C 11.2
43

Nomination Committee: correspondence, 1975-79

C 11.3
44

Nomination Committee: correspondence, 1980-87

C 11.4
45

Local policy and general correspondence, 1971-85

C 12
46

Local correspondence: Australian Capital Territory, 1953-83

C 13.1
47

Local correspondence: New South Wales, 1953-86

C 13.2
48

Local correspondence: Northern Territory, 1972-73

C 13.3
49

Local correspondence: Queensland, 1953-79

C 13.4
50

Local correspondence: South Australia, 1953-83

C 13.5
51

Local correspondence: Tasmania, 1953-85

C 13.6
52

Local correspondence: Victoria, 1953-82

C 13.7
53

Local correspondence: Western Australia, 1953-86

C 13.8
54

Local correspondence: Papua New Guinea, 1967-72

C 13.9
55

Local correspondence: miscellaneous, 1995-96

C 13 (1-9)
56

Australian Representatives: correspondence, 1970-85

C 14
57

Information leaflets and related correspondence, 1954-65

C 15.1
58

Information leaflets and forms, 1966-68 Awards

C 15.2
59

Posters, information leaflets and forms, 1966-68 Awards

C 16.1
60

Posters, information leaflets and forms, 1970-71

C 16.2
61

Posters, information leaflets and forms, 1972-73

C 16.3
62

Posters, information leaflets and forms, 1974-75

C 16.4
63

Posters, information leaflets and forms, 1976-80

C 16.5
64

Posters, information leaflets and forms, 1981-86

C 16.6
65

Distribution of printed material: miscellaneous, 1975-85

C 17
66

My dear Fellow: correspondence, 1979-85

C 18.1
67

My dear Fellow: correspondence, 1979-96

C 18.2
68

Finance: correspondence, 1972

C 19
69

Finance: budget and yearly statements, 1957-74

C 19.1
70

Finance: annual budget and yearly statements, 1974-85

C 19.2
71

Reports on current Fellows by visiting British Committee members, 1979-83

C 22
72

Family orientation: correspondence, 1995

C 23.1
73

Family orientation: correspondence, 1996

C 23.2
74-75

Policy and selection: correspondence, 1993-94

C 24.1
76-77

Policy and selection: correspondence, 1994

C 24.1
78

Policy and selection: correspondence, 1981-84

C 24.1
79

Policy and selection: correspondence, 1996

C 24.2
80

Policy and selection: correspondence, 1997

C 24.3
81

Policy and selection: correspondence, 1986 (Part 2)

C 24.6
82

Policy and selection: 1987 awards

C 24.7?
83

Policy and selection: 1988 awards

C 24.8
84

Policy and selection: 1989 awards

C 24.9
85

Policy and selection: 1990 awards

C24.10
86

Policy and selection: 1991 awards

C 24.11
87-88

Policy and selection: 1992 awards

C 24.12
89

Policy and selection: 1993 awards

C 24.13
90

Account books, 1974-92

91

Bank account and budget, 1987-88

92

Bank account and budget, 1988-90

93

Bank account and budget, 1990-91

94

Bank account and budget, 1991-92

95-97

Accounts, 1994-97

98

Cheque butts, 1985-96


Series 6

Miscellaneous files, 1983-96

The files in this series appear to have been kept separately and they have not been classified. The records include conference papers, press releases, Commonwealth Fund Handbook and minutes of meetings.

Item

Title

1

Australian Selection Committee: minutes of meetings, 1972-95

2

Directory of the Australian Selection and Advisory Committees, 1994-95

3

Notebook containing lists of applicants, 1986-92

4

Samples of form letters

5

Press releases, 1983-96

6

Typescripts entitled 'Resumé of the history of the Harkness Fellowships in Australia, 1927-95' by H.C. Forster.

7

Harkness Fellowships directory

8

Pacific Fellowships, 1996

9-10

1993 Conference on Health in Canberra, 1991-93

11

1995 Employment Conference in New Zealand

12

Commonwealth Fund 1987 Handbook

13

Commonwealth Fund 1988 Handbook

14

Commonwealth Fund 1992 Handbook

15

Commonwealth Fund 1994 mid career Handbook

16

Commonwealth Fund 1996 mid career Handbook

17

Harkness Fellowships 1997 Handbook and Directory

18

Miscellaneous

19

13 computer disks (including 2 blank disks) containing information leaflets, form letters, financial papers and agenda papers, 1992-97

20

Card Index containing names and addresses of the Harkness Fellows


Series 7

Fellowships applications, 1991-97 (Closed)

This series comprises completed applications for the Harkness Fellowships. The applications were arranged in chronological order (except the 1994 papers which are in alphabetical order) and were devided into two groups: the main and the subsidiary lists.

Item

Title

1

1989

2

1990 main list

3

1990 subsidiary list

4

1991

5-6

1991 subsidiary list

7

1992 main list

8

1992 subsidiary list

9

1993 main list

10-11

1993 subsidiary list

12

1994: A-Z

13

1994: A-L

14

1994: M-Z

15

1995 main list

16

1995 subsidiary list

17

1996 main list

18

1996 subsidiary list

19

1997


Series 8

Printed material

Miscellaneous printed material, including copies of the Harkness report (1990-94), 'Resumé of the history of the Harkness Fellowships in Australia', 1927-1975 by H.C. Forster [n.d.], 'Resumé of the history of the Harkness Fellowships in Australia', 1975-88 by L.T. Hinde [n.d.] and 'Summary: report on the Harkness Fellowships' by Howland Sargeant (1982).

(3 Boxes)


BOX LIST

Box Series Folder/Item

1

1 1-8 (Closed)

2

1 9-16 (Closed)

3

1 17-24 (Closed)

4

1 25-32 (Closed)

5

1 33-40 (Closed)

6

1 41-48 (Closed)

7

1 49-56 (Closed)

8

1 57-64 (Closed)

9

1 65-72 (Closed)

10

1 73-80 (Closed)

11

1 81-89 (Closed)

12

1 90-94 (Closed)

12

2 1-4 (folder 3-4 closed)

13

2 3,4,5,6,8 (Closed)

13A

2 1,2,7,9
13A 3 1-3 (Closed)

14

4 1-9

15

4 10-15

16

4 16-21

17

4 22-25

17

5 1-2

18

5 3-11

19

5 12-18

20

5 19-25

21

5 26-31

22

5 32-37

23

5 38-43

24

5 44-50

25

5 51-57

26

5 58-63

27

5 64-69

28

5 70-75

29

5 76-79

30

5 80-84

31

5 85-89

32

5 90-94

33

5 95-98

34

6 1-6

35

6 7-11

36

7 1-2 (Closed)

37

7 3-4 (Closed)

38

7 5-7 (Closed)

39

7 8-9 (Closed)

40

7 10-12 (Closed)

41

7 13-15 (Closed)

42

7 16-17 (Closed)

43

7 18-19 (Closed)

44-46

8 Printed

47

6 20 (Card index)

Carton

Series Folder/Item

1

6 12-19

August 1998