Guide to the Papers of Nancy Keesing

MS 5378

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Nancy Keesing
Date Range
1942-1980
Collection Number
MS 5378
Extent
4.41 metres (11 ms boxes + 12 archive boxes + 1 large folio box)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1101722) 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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Nancy Keesing, National Library of Australia, MS 5378, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Class 1. First consignment November 1976

File 1-10. Correspondence, 1942 - June 1972 - Box 1

File 11. Correspondence, July-December 1972 - Box 2

File. Card index to Keesing letters

File 12. Papers relating to Australian postwar novelists, Jacaranda Press 1975. Working papers and various correspondence. - Box 3

File 15. Jacaranda biographies - Box 4

File 17. Poetry by Keesing - Box 4

File 18-20. Reviews by Keesing 1954-1975 Indexed - Box 4

File 21-23. Short stories by Keesing - Box 4

File 24. Short stories by Keesing - Box 5

File 25. Adelaide Festival "Literature in Australia", 1972 - Box 5

File 26. Letters of Norman Lindsay and cuttings about N.L. - Box 5

File 28. Eric Schlunke inquest - newspaper clipping 23/11/60 - Box 5

File 30. Hebrew translations, work by Moshe Kedem - Box 5

File 32. Southerly - Box 5

File 33. Captain Cook Bi-centenary including notes re judging of poetry competition. - Box 5

File 13. Australian Post-War Novelists (book by Jacaranda) - Box 6

File 14. Jacaranda Press - correspondence and biographies - Box 6

File 16. David Martin - correspondence, articles - Box 6

File 27. Adelaide Festival of Arts, 1964-66, 1968, 1970, 1974 - Box 6

File 29. The English Association, Sydney Branch - Box 6

File 31. Letters from Keesing's children, Margery and John - Box 6

File 34. Captain Cook Bicentenary 1970 - Judging notes - Box 6

File 35. Transition - Box 6

File 36. Australian Society of Authors - Box 6

File 38. Australian author - Correspondence, July 1974 - Box 6

File 37. Australian author - Box 7

File 39. Australian author - Box 7

File 41. Australian author Volume 6, number 3, Winter, July 1973 Galley proofs - Box 7

File 40. Australian author, - Box 8

File 42. Australian author Vol. 6, No. 1., January 1974 - Box 8

File 43. Ernest Koczkar Writers in the computer revolution - Box 8

File 44. Ambassador Press: Letter re David Anderson - Box 8

File 45. Captain Cook Bicentenary, 1970. Competition judging notes - Box 8

File 46. Correspondence - undated - Box 8

Class 2. Second Consignment August 1978

File 47-49. Correspondence, 1973-1974 - Box 8

File 50-53. Correspondence, 1975-1976 - Box 9

File 54. Letters on death of Mr Keesing - Box 9

File 55. National Literature Board of Review-Correspondence, also minutes of meetings, 1974-1976 - Box 9

File 64. File on Shalom - Box 9

File 65. Australian short stories - correspondence including extensive largely legal correspondence with Pergamon Press, Oxford, about non-publication - Box 9

File 66. Australian short stories - contracts - Box 9

File 74. The white chrysanthemum formerly The great Australian mum correspondence - Box 9

File 78. ABC Radio 2. Feature "Children". Some correspondence, typescripts of stories, poetry etc. (Program planned for A.B.C. Sunday night radio 2 March 1974) - Box 9

File 56-57. Australian Jewish short stories file - Box 7

File 58-63. Shalom or Australian Jewish short stories - Galley proofs. - Box 7

File 75-77. The white crysanthemum - typescript (annotated) of sections of the book, Original (?) manuscript, Page proofs, publisher's manuscript (titled "Rejects") - Box 10

File 79. Book review file November 1973 - April 1974. Keesing has indexed book reviews she has contributed to journals and newspapers in this period. - Box 10

File 81. Jewish writers file. Articles by S. Stedman. - Box 10

File 80. J.R. Hardy file. Correspondence with and research materials associated with Hardy entry contributed to the Australian dictionary of biography - Box 11

File 82-88. Winifred West Schools 1973-1975 - Box 11-12

Files concerned with Frensham School in particular Hartfield House. Contains minutes of Executive Committee. Governor's meetings, staff lists, financial reports, papers associated with Price Waterhouse Management Consultant's feasibility study on "Analysis and development of plans for optimum management of resources"

File 89. File on competition (School poetry) - Box 11

File 90. Arts Council Reports 1974-1975 (withdrawn and pulped) - Box 11

File 91. Theatre programs file - Box 12

File 92. Miscellaneous: odd articles, poems. - Box 12

Class 3. Third Consignment April 1981

File 93-96. Correspondence, 1977 - Box 13-14

File 97-103. Correspondence, 1978 - Box 13-14

File 104-107. Correspondence, 1979 - Box 13-14

File 108-111. Book Competitions - Box 13-14

(i) Age Book of the Year: correspondence etc. re Age Book of the Year award 1979. Nancy Keesing was a member of the judging panel.

(ii) Canberra Times: Short story competition 1979: correspondence, papers etc. re judging. Nancy Keesing was a member of the judging panel.

(iii) The Premier's Literary Awards 1980

(iv) Miscellaneous

File 112-114. John Shaw Neilson: three folders of drafts and correspondence relating to the National Library's publication of John Shaw Neilson's autobiography. This publication was edited for the National Library by Nancy Keesing. - Box 15

File 115-117. Articles, drafts of articles and lectures prepared by Nancy Keesing - Box 15

File 118-120. The place of C.J. Dennis in Australian Literature by Nancy Keesing. Commissioned by the Melbourne Herald; and another talk, duplicate copies, drafts, notes, background material etc. - Box 15

File 121. 1976 Writers Week: Adelaide: miscellaneous material rearrangements for a C.J. Dennis lecture delivered by Nancy Keesing. - Box 16

File 122. Romeo and Juliet: ms. of talk on C.J. Dennis prepared by Nancy Keesing. - Box 16

File 123-126. Sydney Morning Herald: Reviews 1978-1979 drafts, typescripts, cuttings. - Box 16

File 127. Reviews by Nancy Keesing 1967 cuttings and typescripts - Box 16

File 128-129. Reviews of Nancy Keesing's Works, c.1956-1974 - Box 16

File 130-132. Sydney Morning Herald: Reviews 1980 drafts, typescripts, cuttings - Box 16

File 133-137. Australian Book Review: Keesing's Centre Page articles 1978-1979. Two folders of mss. and typescripts. - Box 17

File 138-139. Keesing: Reviews 1977: typescripts, drafts and cuttings - Box 17

File 140-142. Nancy Keesing: miscellaneous biography - Box 17

File 140-142. 1 folder containing a Keesing bibliography (1979); collection of photographs; invitations; press cuttings; NLA oral history interview. - Box 17

File 143. Marjorie Barnard 'Everything is not enough'; an interview with Marjorie Barnard conducted by Nancy Keesing, February 1976. Typescript, two copies - Box 18

File 144-146. Lectures, seminars etc. - Box 18

(i) Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education; 'Australian Women who are writers' typescript paper given by Nancy Keesing, related correspondence etc. - September 1979

(ii) Seminar on children's literature, 4 October 1978 'Exploring other cultures, creating new themes': papers presented; mainly typescript.

(iii) Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, Townsville 1978

File 147. Typescript of speech, poems etc. - Childhood at Darling Point Correspondence T/S on H.P. (Duke) Tritton Typescript 'A memoir of Beatrice Grimshaw' - Box 18

File 148. Animal verse - Box 18

File 149. Miscellaneous including press cuttings, photographs, journal 'The Critic' - Box 18

File 150. Kuringgai College of Advanced Education - Box 18

File. Misc. Newspaper and journal articles. Slade material Article on John Lang by Colin Roderick - Folio 18

File 151-152. Lightning meets the wind: the Malaita Massacre by Roger M. Keesing and Peter Carrs. Xerox copy and revised xerox copy. - Box 18

File 153-171. Works by Nancy Keesing - typescripts - Box 19-20

File 153-171. J.G. Lang: drafts, carbons, research materials, notebooks etc. re J.G. Lang and John Lang and 'The Forger's Wife' - Box 19-20

File 172. John Lang and The Forger's Wife: ms. and photocopy - Box 21

File 173-174. Garden Island: ms. and typescript of Nancy Keesing's Garden Island: autobiographical memoir. - Box 21

File 175-176. The White Chrysanthemum: photoprint, annotations, captions, pictorial selections etc. - Box 21

File 177-178. Winifred West Schools - Box 21

File 179. Winifred West Schools: Collection of roneod reports, minutes of meetings, correspondence etc - Box 22

File 183-184. Papers re Lightning meets the wind - Box 22

File 185-192. Papers re John Lang and the forger's wife - Box 22

File. Publication - Botany Bay or true tales of early Australia by John Lang. Hobart: J Walch [1884?] - Box 23

File. Papers re John Lang and The Forger's Wife - Folio 23