Guide to the Papers of Craig McGregor

MS 7949

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Craig McGregor
Date Range
1961-2005
Collection Number
MS 7949
Extent
8.85 metres (56 ms boxes + 1 medium folio box)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

This collection follows the author's own arrangement and contains literary, personal and general correspondence as well as essays, short stories, notebooks, drafts and original manuscripts. Note that boxes 33-56 were added to the original instalment of papers in December 1991.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1655908) for the access conditions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Craig McGregor, National Library of Australia, MS 7949, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Biographical Note

Craig McGregor was born in Jamberoo, NSW in 1933 and is well known as an author, journalist, and social commentator. His short stories and articles had appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world and he has scripted films as well as the rock opera, "Hero". He spent two years in the United States (1970-1972) on a Harkness Fellowship and has won a number of literary awards including the Xavier Society Prize for Literature, the Walkley Award for Journalism, and the Sir William Mc Kell Award.

His books include two novels, Don't Talk to Me About Love (1971) and The See-Through Revolver (1977), and several books on Australian culture, Profile of Australia (1966), The Australian People (1980), Soundtrack for the Eighties (1982), and Time of Testing: the Bob Hawke Victory (1983).

Item Descriptions

Series. Up against the wall, America

File 1. Correspondence, drafts, reviews, 1972-1973 - Box 1

File 2. Sources: clippings, articles, notes, 1970-1971 - Box 1

File 3. Sources: clippings - Box 1

File 4. Clippings and reviews (includes material on Bob Dylan), 1973 - Box 1

File. Springback binder containing manuscript - Box 1

Series. Freelance work and journalism

File 5. Lecture notes, course outlines: New York University, 1970 - Box 2

File 6. Papers, correspondence: Griffith University, University of NSW, 1975-1983 - Box 2

File 7. Notes and article on Patrick White, University of NSW 1977 handbook, Book review of Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment - Box 2

File 8. Freeland manuscripts: "The true story of 1975" - "Gary Timperley - Guide to North Coast NSW" - "Consensus" - "Poms in Ozpic" - "How I wrote time of testing" - Box 2

File 9. "Portrait of Sydney": draft and final version - "Stereotypes in Australian Literature": notes and papers; - "The New Journalism" - Box 2

File 10. National Times articles - "Fred Williams" - "The Unconcerned Photographer": manuscripts - Box 2

File 11. Landmark (1978 competition) - papers, correspondence, Journalism, - notes, correspondence, 1976 - Box 2

File 12. Western Australian Institute of Technology - correspondence, notes, 1981 - Box 2

Series. Soundtrack for the Eighties

File 13-15. Copy of Hodder and Stoughton manuscript - Box 3

File 16. Manuscript of English edition - Box 3

File 17-18. Copies of individual essays - Box 3

File 19. Elegy for the Seventies (US edition), Hegemony - manuscripts - Box 3

File 20-21. Sources: drafts, papers, correspondence - Box 3

File 22-23. Working manuscript, correspondence with publishers, 1981-1983 - Box 4

File 22-23. Manuscripts (2 volumes in plastic bags) - Box 4

Series. Cartoonists of Australia (proposed book - unpublished)

File 24-25. Correspondence, cartoons, clippings, drafts, 1979-1980 - Box 5

File 26. Cartoons - originals and copies - Box 5

File 27-28. Cartoons, drafts - Box 5

Series. Bob Dylan: a retrospective

File 29-30. Correspondence with publishers, clippings, drafts, 1978-1981 - Box 5

Series. Bawdy ballads and sexy songs

File 31. Draft copy - Box 5

Series. The See-Through Revolver

File 32-33. Reviews, correspondence - Box 6

File 34. Correspondence, notes, reviews - Box 6

File 33-36. Drafts, letter - Box 6

File. Manuscript (in plastic bag) - Box 7

File. Manuscripts (springback binders - 2 volumes) - Box 7

Series. Papers relating to Don't Talk to Me About Love

File 37. Rewrite by Douglas Stewart, rejected drafts - Box 8

File 38. Correspondence, 1970-1972 - Box 8

File 39. Original manuscript - Box 8

File 39. Typescript volume "A Life of Questions" by "Clindy". Early drafts of Don't Talk to Me About Love - Box 8

Series. Hero (Rock Opera performed in Sydney in May 1976)

File 40. Notes, papers, letters, press clippings, 1976 - Box 9

File 41. Reviews, correspondence, notes, 1972-1976 - Box 9

File 42. Draft, lyrics and libretto - Box 9

File 43. Notes, drafts, reviews, correspondence, 1972-1976 - Box 9

File 44-45. Reject pages - Box 9

File 46. Letters from Don Henderson (co-author), working lyrics, 1972-1976 - Box 9

File 47. Early draft, sketch by Bruce Petty - Box 10

File 48. Publicity, drafts, guides to tapes, Don Henderson's script - Box 10

File 49. English and US versions of script, rejected and retyped pages - Box 10

File 50. Original manuscript, 1975 - Box 10

(springback binder)

File 51. Script - Box 11

File 52. Songs and lyrics - Box 11

File 53-55. Correspondence, 1972-1976 - Box 11

File. Draft copy of manuscript (springback binder) - Box 11

Series. Time of Testing: the Bob Hawke Victory

File 56. Correspondence, synopsis, notes, reviews, articles, 1983 - Box 12

File 57-59. Manuscript - Box 12

File 60. Assorted papers on Australian political parties - Box 13

File 61. Clippings, papers, documents - Box 13

File 62-64. Draft manuscript - Box 13

File 65. Reject pages - Box 13

Series. Profiles and articles

File 66. Bruce Dawe poems, papers, 1982 - Box 14

File 67. Richard Walsh notes, drafts, letter - Box 14

File 68. Max Harris notes, letter, clippings, 1977 - Box 14

File 69. Barry Humphries notes, programmes, clippings, 1982 - Box 14

File 70-71. Pop Culture - correspondence, drafts, manuscript, 1979-1980 - Box 14

File 72. Pop Culture - drafts and notes of various articles, letter - Box 14

File 73. "21 Great Songs of Rock" - notes, clippings - Box 15

File 74. "Men in Vogue" - articles, drafts, correspondence, 1976-1977 - Box 15

File 75. Club Mediterranean - notes, drafts, brochures, clippings, 1977 - Box 15

File 76. Gary Johnson - article - Box 15

File 77. Dick Johnson - article - Box 15

File 78. North Coast - articles

File 79. Malcolm Fraser - newspaper clippings, 1977-1978 - Box 15

File 80. Ralph Willis - National Times article - Box 16

File 81. William Dix - miscellaneous papers, notes, clipping,s brochure - Box 16

File 82. "Life after Wran" - miscellaneous papers, clippings on possible successors, 1981-1982 - Box 16

File 83. Bob McTavish - article - Box 16

File 84. Barrie Unsworth - article - Box 16

File 85. Nicholas Whitlam - article clipping - Box 16

File 86. Andrew Peacock - article - Box 16

File 87-88. Various freelance articles - clippings and drafts, 1981-1983 - Box 17

File 89-90. Beer - sources, notes, clippings, letters, 1977-1979 - Box 17

File 91-92. John Cain - sources, drafts, clippings, notes, 1982-1983 - Box 17

File 93-94. Melbourne - sources, drafts, clippings, papers, 1981-1983 - Box 17

Series. Short stories, film script, novella

File 95-96. Early stories, published and unpublished - Box 18

File 97-98. "Anna" : film script and short story - drafts, outlines, letters, 1972 - Box 18

File 99. Novella: "The Affair" - manuscript - Box 18

Series. History of surfing

File 100-3. Manuscript (rough copy) - Box 19

File 104. Manuscript - Box 19

File 105-8. Drafts, notes, correspondence, sources, 1983 - Box 19

File 109-11. Correspondence, 1980-1981 - Box 20

File 112. Clippings, reviews, correspondence, 1980-1983 - Box 20

File 113-16. Popular Culture - drafts, notes, correspondence, 1974-1978 - Box 20

Series. Miscellaneous papers

File 117-18. Short stories - drafts, correspondence, notes, 1981-1983 - Box 21

File 119. "The Dismissal" - notes, papers, letters, 1983 - Box 21

File 120. Miscellaneous articles, reviews, clippings, letters, script, 1966-1978 - Box 21

File 121-22. Early clippings and Reviews, 1966-1968 - Box 21

File 123. "One Hundred Visions of Australia" - drafts, clippings, 1966 - Box 22

File 124. Memos written during early employment at the Sun-Herald - Box 22

File 125-26. Correspondence, drafts, 1963-1968 - Box 22

File 127. Writing About himself - drafts - Box 22

File. Maps of Byron District (in plastic bag) - Box 23

File 128-32. Correspondence with publishers, writers, agents, and others, 1961-1976 - Box 23

Includes letters from Bruce Dawe, Judith Wright, Hal Porter, A.D. Hope, Geoffrey Blainey, Russell Braddon, and others.

File 133. Personal papers, notes, letters, 1972-1974 - Box 23

File 135. Clippings, reviews, articles, 1969-1971 - Box 23

File 136-37. Royalties and Public Lending Rights - papers, 1967-1977 - Box 24

File 138-39. National Times - correspondence, memos, drafts, ideas, 1979-1983 - Box 24

File 140-42. Freelance articles - correspondence, manuscripts, ideas, 1977-1981 - Box 24

File 143. Society of Authors - papers, 1978 - Box 24

File 144. Architects Conference - correspondence, programme, papers, plans of Sydney Cove, 1983 - Box 24

File 145-46. Correspondence with publishers, writers, agents, 1982-1983 - Box 25

File 147. Letters to and from Robert Kolominska, 1973 - Box 25

File 148. Correspondence with Don Henderson, 1976 - Box 25

File 149-51. Freelance work - correspondence, clippings, drafts, manuscripts, 1970-1983 - Box 25

File 152. Diary notes, 1970-1971, 1983 - Box 26

File 153-55. Correspondence - personal and literary, 1976-1981 - Box 26

File 156. Speech and Submission by Paul Keating, 1976 - Box 27

File 157-58. Mick Young/SA Labor Party - clippings, notes, papers, 1977 - Box 27

File 159. Bill Hayden - clippings, notes, 1975-1977 - Box 27

File 160-61. Bob Hawke - clippings, notes, 1974-1976 - Box 27

File 162-63. Professor John Andrews - photographs, notes, clippings, 1973-1975 - Box 27

File 164-66. Music Board - papers, correspondence, 1974-1976 - Box 28

File 167. Radio Program - notes, clippings - Box 28

File 168. Jamberoo (place of birth), notes - Box 28

File 169-71. Education in the Arts- papers, notes, correspondence, reports, 1976 - Box 28

File 172. Contests and Awards - papers, letters, 1966-1977 - Box 28

File 173. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, vol 16, no 1, March 1980 - Box 29

File 173. Opinion: The Journal of SAETA, August 1978 - Box 29

File 173. Classic Car Investment Review by Michael Robinson - Box 29

File 174-75. Miscellaneous papers, clippings, 1979-1982 - Box 29

File 176-77. Australian Centre for Photography - papers, brochures, notes, articles, letter, 1975-1977 - Box 29

File 178. AATE Conference - programme, correspondence, 1977 - Box 29

File 179. Curriculum Development Centre - report, letter, 1976 - Box 30

File 180. "The Arts in Schools", October 1974 - Box 30

File 181. St Albans Curriculum Development Project - Submission to SGC, 1976 - Box 30

File 182. Curriculum Development Centre - correspondence, report, 1977 - Box 30

File 183-84. Clippings, 1966-1968 - Box 30

File 185. Beaches of Australia - correspondence, notes, draft, 1969 - Box 30

File 186-87. Harkness foundation - correspondence, personal papers, 1969-1973 - Box 30

File 188-89. Sydney College of the Arts - correspondence, papers, notes, 1976-1977 - Box 31

File 190. Music - miscellaneous papers - Box 31

File 191. ABC and FM Radio - notes - Box 31

File 192. Drugs - clippings, papers, 1962-1966 - Box 31

File 193. Ideas, Time Life Books, General clippings, notes, correspondence, 1973-1977 - Box 32

File. Bawdy Ballads and Sexy Songs (Ed.) - Box 32

File. Profile of Australia (pub. 1966) - Box 32

File. Don't Talk to Me About Love (pub. 1971) - Box 32

File. Bob Dylan: A Retrospective (Ed)(pub 1972) - Box 32

File. Up Against the Wall, America (pub 1973) - Box 32

File. The See-Through revolver (pub 1977) - Box 32

File. The Australian People (pub 1980) - Box 32

File. Sound Track for the Eighties (pub 1983) - Box 32

File. Time of Testing: The Bob Hawke Victory (pub 1983) - Box 32

Item. Manuscript of "Australia: Time Present" - Folio 1

Never published due to the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975.

Series. Short stories

File 194-200. Real Lies, 1987: typescript and galley proofs - Box 33

File 201-13. Typescripts and drafts of miscellaneous short stories - Box 34-35

Series. Books

File 214-18. Australian Built, 1987 - Box 35

File 219-31. Darling Harbour, a bicentenary book for the NSW Government. Reports, meetings, exhibition, research material, typescript, notes, drawings, maps, printed material and a play "The making of an exhibition" - Box 36-37

File 232-36. Typescripts, texts, proofs,background material and caption for Celebrating Us, 1988 - Box 38

File 237-40. Typescript and background material for Headliners, 1990 - Box 38-39

Series. Profiles

The following files contain notes typescripts and research material.

File 241. Profiles, miscellaneous - Box 39

File 242. Kim Beazley - Box 39

File 243. Allan Border - Box 39

File 244. Peter Brock - Box 39

File 245. John Button - Box 39

File 246-47. John Cain - Box 40

File 248. Bob Carr - Box 40

File 249-50. Simon Crean - Box 40

File 251-52. John Dawkins - Box 40

File 253. Delilah (Jazz Singer) - Box 41

File 254. Bill Dix - Box 41

File 255-56. Don Dunstan - Box 41

File 257-59. John Elliott - Box 41

File 260-61. Elizabeth Evatt - Box 41

File 262. Wayne Goss - Box 42

File 263-64. Nick Greiner - Box 42

File 265-67. Bob Hawke - Box 42

File 268. Bill Hayden - Box 42

File 269. John Hewson - Box 43

File 270-72. John Howard - Box 43

File 273-74. Brian Howe - Box 43

File 275-76. Clive James - Box 43

File 277. Michael Johnson - Box 43

File 278. Vince Jones - Box 44

File 279. Leonie Kramer - Box 44

File 280. James Mollison - Box 44

File 281. Jac Nasser - Box 44

File 282. Susan Ryan - Box 44

File 283-84. Harry Seidler - Box 44

File 285-86. Ian Sinclair - Box 44

File 287-89. John Stone - Box 45

File 290-91. Bobbi Sykes - Box 45

File 292-93. Barry Unsworth - Box 45

File 294. Gough Whitlam - Box 45

File 295. David Williamson - Box 46

File 296-300. Jill Wran - Box 46

File. 43 Notebooks arranged in alphabetical order - Box 47

Series. Essays and articles

File 301-304. Byron Bay, 1989 - Box 48

File 305. The Cities - Box 48

File 306. Adelaide - Box 48

File 307. Gundagai - Box 48

File 308. Kakadu - Box 48

File 309. People, places and personalities - Box 48

File 310-11. Future Sydney - Box 49

File 312. Bob Dylan - Box 49

File 313. William Styron - Box 49

File 314. Margaret Thatcher - Box 49

File 315-16. Australian economy - Box 49

File 317-19. Housing - Box 50

File 320. Labor Government - Box 50

File 321. Phillips - Electorate - Box 50

File 322. "The way we are:" a political article - Box 50

File 323-25. Articles for the Sydney Morning Herald, 1989 - Box 50

File 326-28. Freelance articles and correspondence, 1987 - Box 51

File 329-31. Miscellaneous essays and articles - Box 51

Series. Film scripts

File 332-34. 'The Australian People' - Box 52

File 335. 'Beyond the brick veneer' - Box 52

File 336-342. 'Celebrating Us' - Box 52

File 343. 'Class' - Box 53

File 344-48. Close to the edge' - Box 53

File 349-51. 'Utopia now' - Box 54

File 352-53. Miscellaneous film ideas - Box 54

File 354. Correspondence and contracts for films, 1979-1983 - Box 54

Series. Other miscellaneous papers

File 355-56. Literary correspondence, 1986-1989 - Box 54

File 357. Job application for a job at the Sydney College of the Arts, 1986 - Box 54

File 358. Australian Railways - Box 55

File 359. 'A vernacular history of Australia', outline for a proposed book, 1985 - Box 55

File 360. Bicentennial school project - Box 55

File 361-62. Articles for the New York Times - Box 55

File 363. 'Portraits of Power', a proposed book - Box 55

File 364. Articles for Qantas in flight magazine, 1984 - Box 55

File 365. Articles for the Readers Digest - Box 55

File 366. Articles for the Review Magazine - Box 56

File 367-69. Articles for Time Life Books - Box 56

File 370. Talk on Australia, given to the Commonwealth Press Union, 1987 - Box 56