Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth Salter

MS 6481

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Elizabeth Salter
Date Range
1922-1980
Collection Number
MS 6481
Extent
3.78 metres (27 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2167384).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Elizabeth Salter, National Library of Australia, MS 6481, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The first instalment of the papers was purchased by the Library from Elizabeth Salter in London in 1981. The Library purchased the remainder of the papers in 1983 from Miss Lorna Coates, Salter's literary executor.

Arrangement

It should be noted that because the two consignments of papers overlap, they have been integrated.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Salter was born in 1918 in Angaston, South Australia. She was educated at Adelaide University and Conservatorium, Adelaide. She left Australia for England in 1952.

Salter worked as secretary to Edith Sitwell from 1957 until her death in 1964. Salter published a biography of Sitwell, entitled The last years of rebel: a memoir of Edith Sitwell, in 1967.

In 1969 Salter received a Commonwealth Literary Fellowship to write a biography of Daisy Bates. Daisy Bates: Queen of the Never Never, was published by Angus & Robertson in 1971.

Her other publications include Helpmann: the authorised biography of Robert Helpmann (1978) and The lost impressionist: a biography of John Peter Russell (1976).

Reference: Who's who of Australian women, pp.393-4.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Elizabeth Salter Show allonly 1

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1948-80 Show allonly 1

This series contains letters from friends and family members, including William Salter, Jean Gilbert, Marie Herford and Freda Cullen.

File 1-6. Letters from friends and family - Box 1 Show allonly 1

Subseries 2. Business Correspondence and financial papers, 1940-80 Show allonly 1

Correspondence with Australian and Overseas publishers and literary agents. This series also includes personal documents, agreements, accounts, receipts, bank statements and copies of letters.

File 7-12. Correspondence and personal documents - Box 1, 2 Show allonly 1

Subseries 3. Lectures and talks, 1973-80 Show allonly 1

Correspondence, mostly with various universities in England and Scotland, inviting Salter to give seminars and lectures on literature especially relating to Daisy Bates, Patrick White and Edith Sitwell

File 13. University correspondence - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4. Newspaper cuttings of book reviews, 1958-78 Show allonly 1

File 14-15. Newspaper cuttings, 1958-78 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5. Miscellaneous Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Diary (kept during a trip to England in 1947), notebooks, biographical notes on Elizabeth Salter, poems by other people, passport and photographs Show allonly 1
File 16-19. Miscellaneous material - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 1 folio item containing music scores and a portrait of Salter Show allonly 1

Series 2. Daisy Bates: Queen of the Never Never Show allonly 1

Sydney: Angus and Roberstson, [1971].

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1966-80 Show allonly 1

Correspondence with Angus and Robertson and other publishing companies, various libraries and the ABC concerning Daisy Bates. The correspondents include Rodney Needham, Sir Grenfell Price, John Cleland and Dr John Mathew. This series also include letters received from the general public ( in response to Salter's letters, published in newspapers, requesting information on Daisy Bates), original Daisy Bates letters, official documents and a photograph album.

File 1-15. Correspondence and documents concerning Daisy Bates - Box 3, 4, 5, 6 Show allonly 1

Subseries 2. Notebooks, handwritten drafts and typescripts Show allonly 1

File 16-33. Four notebooks containing handwritten drafts, typescripts and galley proofs for the biography - Box 6, 7, 8 Show allonly 1

Subseries 3. Newspaper cutting and printed material, 1967-77 Show allonly 1

File 34-36. Newspaper cuttings and printed material, 1967-77 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4. Photocopies of research material Show allonly 1

File 37-55. Photocopies, mostly of original Daisy Bates material held at National Library (MS 365) - Box 9, 10, 11 Show allonly 1

Series 3. The last year of a rebel: a memoir of Edith Sitwell Show allonly 1

London: Bodley Head, 1967

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1963-79 Show allonly 1

This series contains correspondence with friends and publishers, agreements, accounts and receipts. Some of the correspondents are Roy A. Roberts, Mark Hamilton, Alan Brooke, and Christian Roberson.

File 1-5. Correspondence with friends and publishers - Box 12 Show allonly 1

Subseries 2. Handwritten drafts and typescripts Show allonly 1

File 6-23. Notebooks, drafts and typescripts of miscellaneous chapters and complete original draft - Box 12, 13, 14, 15 Show allonly 1

Subseries 3. Miscellaneous, 1922-35 Show allonly 1

File 24-31. Newspaper cuttings, one scrapbook, typescripts of articles and poems by Edith Sitwell, photographs and miscellaneous notes - Box 15, 16 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Helpmann: the authorised biography of Robert Helpmann Show allonly 1

Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1978

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1971-79 Show allonly 1

This series includes original letters and copies of letters of Sir Robert Helpmann and Katharine Hepburn (who wrote the foreword of the biography).

File 1. Correspondence of Sir Robert Helpmann and Katharine Hepburn - Box 17 Show allonly 1

Subseries 2. Handwritten drafts and typescripts Show allonly 1

File 2-7. Handwritten drafts and typescripts - Box 17 Show allonly 1

Series 5. The lost impressionist: a biography of John Peter Russell Show allonly 1

London: Angus and Robertson, 1978

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1972-76 Show allonly 1

Correspondence with publishers, art galleries in Australia and overseas concerning the biography. This series also include copies of correspondence between A. Rodin and John Peter Russell, copies of family letters and letters from friends containing information on Russell.

File 1-3. Correspondence concerning The lost impressionist. - Box 18 Show allonly 1

Subseries 2. Notes, typescripts and other material Show allonly 1

This series contains notes and research material (4 files). Complete typescripts, proofs and photographs (12 files). Newspaper clippings, book reviews and printed material (1 file).

File 4-20. Notes, typescripts and other material - Box 18, 19, 20 Show allonly 1

Series 6. 'The pairing process' Show allonly 1

File 1-2. Notes and typescripts written in collaboration with Gillian Younger, psycho-sex-analyst. This manuscript was never published - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Other writings Show allonly 1

Subseries [unnumbered]. Complete typescripts of published and unpublished writings Show allonly 1

File 1-3. Death in a mist: Two complete typescripts. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1957 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 4-5. Once upon a tombstone: Complete typescript. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1965 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 6-7. There was a witness: Complete typescripts. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960 - Box 21, 22 Show allonly 1
File 8. The voice of a peacock: Complete typescripts. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1962 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 9-11. 'Will to survive': Complete typescript. Unpublished - Box 22 Show allonly 1

Subseries [unnumbered]. Other complete typescripts of short stories and plays Show allonly 1

File 12-14. Tails she dies - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 15-16. Call me bluff - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 17-18. Echo of death - Box 23, 24 Show allonly 1
File 19-20. The girl from down under - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 21. High stepping a musical play - Box 24 Show allonly 1

Subseries [unnumbered]. Incomplete typescripts of radio and television plays, and short stories Show allonly 1

File 22-24. 'Highlights from abroad' - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 22-47. Miscellaneous typescripts of short stories, some are incomplete - Box 24, 25, 26, 27 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Miscellaneous Show allonly 1

This series contains copies of various women magazines and illustrations. Many of these publications contain short stories written by Salter.

File 1-3. Various women's magazines, illustrations - Box 28 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Loose correspondence - Box 29 Show allonly 1