Guide to the Papers of Owen Webster


MS 4805

National Library of Australia

Created: March 1978

Collection Summary

Owen Webster
Papers of Owen Webster
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 4805
6.99 metres (8 ms boxes + 28 archive boxes + 1 small folio box + 1 medium folio box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record ( 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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Owen Webster, National Library of Australia, MS 4805, [box number and series and/or folder number]'.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Papers on Davison

Handwritten drafts and typescript copies of The life and times of Frank Dalby Davison (File) - Box 1

Photocopies of Davison letters from the Mitchell Library, and Angus Robertson: AR/1-997 (File) - Box 2

Photocopies of Davison letters : Mother, 764/1-710, and Bob Cugley, RC/1-216 (File) - Box 3

Photocopies of Davison letters: Palmers, P/1-242 (File) - Box 4

General copies and notes of Davison letters: Anne Brown, Robert Clark, Roger V. Carr, Dymphna Cusack, father, re Dusty, re contracts, Dolia Ribush, A.A. Phillips, Owen Webster (File) - Box 4

Copies of other Davison papers (File) - Box 4

Davison's autobiographical material, early writings (notes, copies)- The Folding Hills, Forever morning. Stories from magazines, Webster's correspondence relating to F.D.D (File) - Box 5

Notes on Davison (File) - Box 5

Notes, etc. on Davison, copies of Davison family, photographs, descriptions of Davison letters (File) - Box 6

Printed copies of Davison's works (File) - Box 6

Series 2. Other papers

Correspondence (File) - Box 7-12

Manuscripts: drama A handful of clay (File) - Box 13

Manuscripts: drama A handful of clay (correspondence relating to it), Men in love, Job. Four on hand (File) - Box 14

Manuscripts: novels. Adam Pilgrim: So (File) - Box 15

Manuscripts and proofs Adam Pilgrim: So (File) - Box 16

Correspondence, press cuttings, promotion, etc., on So (File) - Box 17

Manuscripts, notes Adam Pilgrim: Be (File) - Box 17

Manuscripts: novels Date with a witch, Weave a circle round him (File) - Box 17

Manuscripts: novels Pilgrimage to exile (File) - Box 18

Manuscripts: The stream of life, Now we are young, The celebration, The marriage and miscellaneous mss (File) - Box 19

Manuscripts: non-fiction. What we all wear (Plus notes and proofs) (File) - Box 20

Manuscripts and proofs Read well and remember (File) - Box 20

Notes and correspondence on Read well and remember (File) - Box 21

Manuscripts and notes, Learn to learn (File) - Box 21

Manuscripts, notes, Learn to learn (File) - Box 22

Manuscripts, notes Disenchantment. Various non-fiction mss (File) - Box 22

Nation review and Sunday review articles. Various articles (File) - Box 23

Various articles, including "Radio talks" (File) - Box 24

Various articles (File) - Box 25

Notebooks (File) - Box 26

Diaries (File) - Box 27-28

Miscellaneous: Theatre programs, books on CAE courses (File) - Box 29

Miscellaneous subject files: The Progressive League, course notes, lecture notes, early schoolbooks, personal papers (school reports, passport, birth certificate, etc.) (File) - Box 30

Press cuttings book, photographs of Websters, scientific research on transcendental meditation, psychoanalysis notes, A.J.A. circulars (File) - Box 31

Press cuttings, magazines, material on Water Research Foundation, water supply, drought, etc. Other miscellaneous files (File) - Box 32

Bound typescript copy of biography of Davison (File) - Box 32

Index on Davison (File) - folio 1

Press cuttings book (File) - folio 2

Rolled photocopies of Davison material (File) - folio 3