Guide to the Papers of Carmel Bird

MS 958, MS Acc06.204, MS Acc15.118

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Carmel Bird
Date Range
1980-2000
Collection Number
MS 958, MS Acc06.204, MS Acc15.118
Extent
3.3 metres (18 ms boxes + 1 large folio box)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
NLA

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers in MS 958 comprise letters and cards of Barbara Hanrahan, a typescript titled "The world you are walking upon: a tribute to Barbara Hanrahan" and photocopies of articles on Hanrahan, including her orbituary. In her letters, Hanrahan discusses her writings, including Flawless Jade, her art, people they know and Carmel Bird's writings. Also included are papers relating to The Penguin century of Australian stories, which was edited by Bird and published by Penguin in 2000. They mostly comprise correspondence, biographical notes and permission to publish forms received from authors approached about contributions to the anthology (15 boxes, 1 fol. box). The Acc06.204 instalment comprises further papers relating to the editing of The stolen children: their stories: including extracts from the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, which was published in 1998 (1 box). The Acc15.118 instalment comprises correspondence received by Carmel Bird 1980-1999. Correspondents include Bruce Pascoe, Frank Morehouse, Gerald Murnane and Bird's students (2 boxes).

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn633040).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Carmel Bird, National Library of Australia, [class/series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The original consignments were donated to the Library on 2 May 1995 and August 2005. Further papers were received in 2006 and 2015.

Arrangement

The collection has been largely left in original order.

The Library holds a number of Bird's published works, together with a biographical newsclippings file.

Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there are multiple Box 1's). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 958. Consignments received 1995-2005 - Box 1-15 (MS 958), Folio-Box unnumbered (MS 958)

These instalments contain letters and cards of Barbara Hanrahan, a typescript titled "The world you are walking upon: a tribute to Barbara Hanrahan" and photocopies of articles on Hanrahan, including her orbituary. In her letters, Hanrahan discusses her writings, including Flawless Jade, her art, people they know and Carmel Bird's writings. Also included are papers relating to The Penguin century of Australian stories, which was edited by Bird and published by Penguin in 2000. They mostly comprise correspondence, biographical notes and permission to publish forms received from authors approached about contributions to the anthology.

Comprises 16 boxes (MS 958 Boxes 1-15 + Folio box (unnumbered)).

Series 1. Cassowary's quiz

File 1. Picture books, proofs, etc.

Series 2. The white garden

File 1. Clean publisher's proofs
File 2. Draft MS on recycled MS
File 3. CB's changes to chapter sequences, and proofs March 1995
File 4. Proposal to publisher
File 4. Synopsis of novel
File 4. Notes on characters
File 4. Reader's report
File 4. Elements of publishing process and design elements
File 5. Various drafts (3 ff)
File 6. Manuscript, August 1994
File 7. 3rd draft MS and CB's notes
File 8. Section of MS + material on 2 disks, July 1994

Series 3. Automatic teller

Series 4. Not now Jack

Series 5. The stolen children

Series 6. Red shoes

Series 7. Daughters and fathers

Series 8. Crisis

Series 9. Book covers, etc.

Series 10. The Bluebird Café

Series 11. Writer in residence Victoria College of the Arts

Series 12. Cape Grimm

Series 13. Magazines, assorted, edited by author

Series 14. The common rat

Series 15. Reviews by author

Series 16. Woodpecker Point

Series 17. Green (exhibition)

Series 18. Unholy writ

Series 19. Memorabilia

Series 20. The essential Bird

Series 21. Voices magazine

Series 22. Author's notebooks

Class MS Acc06.204. Consignment received 2006 - Box 1 (MS Acc06.204)

This instalment comprises further papers relating to the editing of The stolen children: their stories: including extracts from the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, which was published in 1998. Contained in 1 box (MS Acc06.204 Box 1).

Class MS Acc15.118. Consignment received 2015

This consignment features correspondence, mostly handwritten or typed letters, postcards or notes but also including some faxes, a few published items and a photograph. Most of the correspondence consists of letters sent to Carmel Bird but there are some copies of letters written by her. The correspondents include Australian literary figures, friends, former students and readers interested in Carmel Bird's work.

File 1. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1985-1994 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Robert Dessaix, Helen Daniel, David Duggan and Garry Disher, Jenny Digby and Tim Doyle

File 2. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1991-1995 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Elizabeth Jolley, Barry Jones, Rod Jones and Gail Jones

File 3. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1992-1995 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Diana Baillieu

File 4. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1989-1993 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Berenice Eastman, Eltham Shire, Marian Eldridge, Chester Eagle and Margot Estcott

File 5. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1985-1994 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Don Anderson, Debra Adelaide, AnaMaria Beligan, Ray Allen and Nan Albinski

File 6. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1986-1995 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Mem Fox, Suzanne Falkiner, Roseanne Fitzgibbon, David Foster and Sandra Forbes

File 7. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1984-1996 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Kate Grenville, Helen Garer, Kerry Greenwood, Andrea Goldsmith, Greg Gatenby, Ian Gelbeck, Kay Gregory, Alison Lesley Gold, Barbara Giles and Katherine Gallagher

File 8. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1985-1994 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Terry Lane, Joan London, Lance Loughrey, Joyce Lee, Roslaeen Love, Susan Lever, Claire Larriere, Alexandra Long, Kate Lion and Ian Laurenson

File 9. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1986-1996 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Gerald Murnane

File 10. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1983-1995 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from David Brooks, Bruce Beaver, Ron Blair, Sandra Birdsell, Merle Brooks, John Bryson, Anamarie Beligan, Sue Braint, Mara Bormanis, Connie Barber, Gillian Bouras, AM Barradell Smith, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Barrington, Shirley Burns and Damien Broderick

File 11. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1987-1994 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from David Malouf, Drusila Modjiska, Brian Matthews, Alex Miller, Frank Moorhouse, Hilary McPhee, Rosemary Marriott, Joan Maxwell, JL Malone, Sheena Mackay, Jan McKemmish, David Myers, Honour Moore, Margaret McClusky, Gail Mahon, Ian Maddison, Helen Meikle and Linda Murray

File 12. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1986-1994 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Ramona Koval, Michael Kitson and Matthew Kelly

File 13. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1990-2009 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Marion May Campbell

File 14. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1992-1996 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Margaret Coombs, Helen Chryssides, Anna Couani, Laurie Clancy, Paul Collins, Miriam Cosic, David Cohen and Matthew Condon

File 15. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1988-1994 - Box 1 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Marion Halligan, Frank Hardy, Gillian Hanscombe, Robert Holden, Fiona Heylal, Kristin Henry, Lucy Halligan, Darren Hill, Mabel Hurley, Lyn Hard, Michael Hulse, Jamie Forbes, Kathy Hunt, Laurie Hergenhan, Helen Heritage, Catherine Harboe Ree, Elva Howard, Kenneth Harvey and Barbara Hanrahan

File 16. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1986-2001 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Ida West, Moira Watson, Jane Watson, Patty Wallace Smith, Ian Kennedy Williams, Gerard Windsor, Michael Wilding and Brenda Walker

File 17. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1988-1990 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Virago, Vogue, Carolyn Von Langenberg and Vaclav Vaca

File 18. Letters to Carmel Bird - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Joanna Trollope, Peter Timms, Tom Twopenny, Rodney Thurley and Margaret Toth

File 19. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1993-1994 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Susan Schwartz

File 20. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1986-2016 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Michael Sharkey, Tom Shapcott, Jean Stein, John Scott, Amanda Stewart, John Slavin and Annetter Stewart

File 21. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1991-1994 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Janey Runci

File 22. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1986-1993 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Peter Rose, Jane Robinson, Lloyd Robson, Andrew Reimer, Judith Rodriguez and Lisa Roberts

File 23. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1985-1995 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Bruce Pascoe, George Papaellinas, AE Petherbridge, Cassandra Pybus, Steve Parkhill, Elliott Perlman and power Press

File 24. Letters to Carmel Bird, 1990-2001 - Box 2 (MS Acc15.118)

Personal correspondence from Peter O'Connor, Paddy O'Reilly, David Owen, Jan Owen, Dinny O'Heary and Grisella Ohanessian