Guide to the Papers of B. R. Whiting

MS 8715

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of B. R. Whiting
Date Range
1939-1996
Collection Number
MS 8715
Extent
1.88 metres (14 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises diaries, correspondence, drafts, typescripts, cuttings, photographs, catalogues of art exhibitions, yachting logs and other printed material.

The correspondents include members of the Whiting and Fraser families (including Ernest Whiting, John Whiting, J. Neville Fraser and Malcolm Fraser), Bridget Bolland, Christopher Fry, Jon Stallworthy, Henry Moore, George Macbeth, Peter Finch, Robert Motherwell, Stanley Moss, John Huston, Mark Rothko, Gladys Collins and Geoffrey Fairbairn.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2108705).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 B. R. Whiting, National Library of Australia, MS 8715, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were donated, under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, by B.R. Whiting's widow, Lorri Whiting, in 1994 and 1995.

Biographical Note

Writer and diarist. Whiting was born in Melbourne in 1923. He joined the Australian Army in 1940 and saw active service in Burma during the Second World War. He was appointed an ADC to Lord Mountbatten and later R.G. Casey in India. After the War he pursued a brief postwar career as a beekeeper in Victoria and South Australia. Whiting married the sculptor and painter Lorraine Fraser (sister of Malcolm Fraser) in 1948. They lived in England between 1952 and 1955 and in 1955 they moved to Italy. Whiting shared a keen interest in skiing and yachting with his wife.

Whiting's play 'Empress with teapot' was produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 1961. His book The poems of B.R. Whiting was published posthumously in 1991.

Whiting died in 1988.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Australian Art, vol. 2, p. 713.

Item Descriptions

Class. Original consignment

File 1. January 1936- December 1940 - Box 1

File 2. May 1948 - February 1950 - Box 1

File 3. July - September 1944 - Box 1

File 4. August - December 1945 - Box 1

File 5. Scrapbook, September - December 1945 - Box 1

File 6. Beekeeping diary and family photographs, May 1948- March 1950 - Box 1

File 7. February 1950 - August 1952 - Box 2

File 8. Fragments of diary, drafts, typescripts and cuttings, c.1952 - Box 2

File 9-10. Correspondence, 1951-53 - Box 2

File 11. August 1952 - March 1953 - Box 2

File 12-13. April - October 1953 - Box 2

File 14-15. Diary, cuttings and printed material, c.1953 - Box 3

File 16. Notes on food entitled 'The stomach', 1953-54 - Box 3

File 17. Diary, notes, typescripts and cuttings, 1954 - Box 3

File 18. Notes, drafts and cuttings, 1955 - Box 3

File 19. June - August 1955 - Box 3

File 20. September - November 1955 - Box 3

File 21. Notes, drafts, cuttings and correspondence, 1956 - Box 3

File 22. Notes and journal of 'Empress with teapot', May - June 1951 - Box 4

File 23. Small wine diaries containing wine lists for the years 1959 to 1964 - Box 4

File 24. Cervina photographs, 1965 - Box 4

File 25-26. March - November 1963 - Box 4

File 27. November 1963 - June 1964 - Box 4

File 28. June - November 1964 - Box 4

File 29. November 1964 - January 1965 - Box 5

File 30-31. January - April 1965 - Box 5

File 32. April - September 1965 - Box 5

File 33-34. October 1966 - June 1967 - Box 5

File 35-36. August 1967 - December 1968 - Box 5

File 37-38. Diary, correspondence and cuttings, November 1968 - November 1969 - Box 6

File 39-40. November 1971 - January 1974 - Box 6

File 41-42. November 1974 - June 1975 - Box 6

File 43. September 1975 - March 1976 - Box 7

File 44. Logs of Tai III and Fiolet II, 1969-77 - Box 7

File 45-46. November 1976 - June 1977 - Box 7

File 47. Manuscripts and typescripts of 'The big shift' - Box 7

File 48. Miscellaneous papers, including a copy of Whiting's obituary and a copy of The poems of B.R. Whiting (Added 17/3/1995) - Box 7

Class. Consignment received June 1995

File 49. Journal, c.July 1954 - May 1955 - Box 8

File 50-51. Journal, April 1959 - March 1963 - Box 8

File 52-53. Journal, September - November 1965 - Box 8

File 54. Journal, December 1965 - June 1966 - Box 8

File 55-56. Journal, December 1969 - March 1971 - Box 8

File 57-58. Journal, March - November 1971 - Box 9

File 59-60. Journal, January - April 1974 - Box 9

File 61-63. Journal, July - November 1974 - Box 9

File 64-66. Journal, May 1977 - May 1978 - Box 10

File 67-68. Journal, June 1978 - February 1979 - Box 10

File 69-71. Journal fragments, February 1975 - May 1980 - Box 10

File 72. Journal fragments, February 1975 - May 1980 (continued) - Box 11

File 73. Yachting logs: Fiolet, April - December 1974; Fiolet II, April - September 1975 - Box 11

File 74-76. Poetry manuscripts and typescripts, 1965-66 - Box 11

File 77. Photographs of sculptures in England and Florence, 1952-54 - Box 11

File 78. Draft of a play, 'The retreat' - Box 11

File 79. Journal and correspondence, April 1980 - December 1980 - Box 12

File 80. Journal and correspondence, April 1980 - September 1981 - Box 12

File 81 - 82. Journal and correspondence, August 1980 -November 1983 - Box 12

File 83 - 85. Journal and correspondence, March 1980 - July 1986 - Box 12

File 86. Typescript of 'Empress with Teapot' - Box 13

File 87 - 88. Drafts,notes, ideas and journal entries, 1964 - 65 for a play 'Inquest on an Unquiet Quest'. Interleaved with this material are notes for another play, 'The Masque' and part of a typescript for a novel, 'Watching a Man Die'. The folder also contains notes in Greek and part of a yacht log - Box 13

File 89. Newscuttings, notes and drafts for a play, 'The Masque' - Box 13

File 90. Folder titled 'Il Moyenage Leecher' containing notes in English and Italian. The folder also includes a typescript copy of a work in Italian 'La Scimmia Furente' - Box 13

File 91. Typescript poems - Box 13

File 92. Miscellaneous newscuttings and correspondence, 1968 - 96; an undated, handwritten note by Lori Whiting discussing some aspects of her husband's illness - Box 13

Class. Consignment received January 1999

File 93 - 94. Typescripts of 6 plays, 'Pomp of waters', 'Empress with teapot', 'Event in life of Alexander the Great', 'Poor Henry', 'In the proper sense', 'The axe' - Box 14