Guide to the Papers of Olaf Ruhen

MS 7935

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Olaf Ruhen
Date Range
1926-1986
Collection Number
MS 7935
Extent
10 metres (72 boxes, folio package)
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-vn133357).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Olaf Ruhen, National Library of Australia, MS 7935, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Bibliography

His books include five novels, Naked under Capricorn (1958), Whiteman's shoes (1960), The Flockmaster (1963), The Broken wing (1965) and Scan the dark coast (1969); documentary accounts of New Guinea, Mountains in the clouds (1963), of the South Pacific, Tangaroa's godchild (1962) and of the whale hunters of Tonga, Harpoon in my hand (1966); an account of a Japanese shipwreck in the South Pacific, Minerva Reef (1963); a novel for children, Corcoran's the name (1967); and a manual for writers, Writing: the craft of creative fiction (1964).

Biographical Note

Olaf Ruhen was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1911 and served with the RNZAF during the Second World War. In 1947 he moved to Sydney and worked as a journalist for eight years. He became established as a freelance writer during the 1950s, having a number of short stories published in the Saturday Evening Post. From then until his death in 1989 he published a prolific quantity of documentary and fictional writing, based largely on his extensive travels in Australia, New Guinea and the South Pacific.

Item Descriptions

Class [unnumbered]. Original consignment Show allonly 1

Series 1. Correspondence, 1926-86 Show allonly 1

File. Family letters, 1926-7 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File. Letters to wife and son, 1942-3 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File. Letters to wife and son, Dec, 1943-1945 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File. Letters received from various people, 1941-5 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File. Letters to sister Doris, 1943-82 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with first wife, 1950s (not sighted 2010) - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File. Papers re death of first wife (1958), including letters of sympathy - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File. Letters from son Carl, 1951-66 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File. Letters from and photographs of Adrienne Germaine, 1952-6 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous correspondence with friends, 1947-67 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File. Letters from friends, 1968-86 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1953-83 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with friends in the USA, 1971-84 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence re Papua New Guinea, 1972-82 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with universities and libraries, 1972-86 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with Australian governments, 1974-83 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence re teaching activities, 1963-6, 1972-81 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1957-63 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Fan mail, 1956-69 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence re films of Ruhen's work including Naked under Capricorn - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with publishers and agents including Laurence Pollinger - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File. Sanford Greenburger, the Saturday evening post, William Sloan, Little Brownand Co., McDonald Chesire, Minerva Bookshop and Lippincott, 1950s-1960s - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with publishers, 1960-71, including Sun Books, Rigby, National Geographic, and The Writer - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File. Correspondence with publishers and agents, 1970-86, including Cassell, William Collins, Curtis Brown, Greenburger (some 1960s), Hodder and Stoughton, Viking Press, JCA Associates, Angus and Robertson, Readers Digest, Rigby, Pollinger and the Encyclopedia Britannica - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File. Melbourne Harbour Trust, 1963-77 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File. Joanne Greenberg, 1979-84 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File. Australian Society of Authors, 1985-6 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous literary correspondence, 1972-86 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Photographs, 1938-85 Show allonly 1

File. Second World War photographs depicting squadron personnel and aerial views ofbombing missions, family photographs and other photographs taken in the course of Ruhen's travels - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Subject files Show allonly 1

Note: Some files include correspondence

File. Personal biographical miscellanea, 1938-67 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 1957 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Financial papers, including taxation records, 1953-63 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Travel documents and papers re overseas trips, 1960s-70s - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Archaeology of dinosaurs - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Port of Melbourne Centenary presentation folder - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Melbourne Harbour Trust report on National War Organisation, typescript with photographs, 1944 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. USA Copyright certificates, 1957 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Sketch book of M Smith, 1896-98 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. P.E.N Congress, 1977-8 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. Select Committee on the Encouragement of Australian Productions for Television, 1963 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File. The Soka Gakkai, Japan, 1968-80 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. Roseville Writing Group, 1968 Anthology - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. University of Sydney Dept. of Adult Education Creative Writing Course, 1968-9 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. Notes on the Myall Lakes, 1977 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. R. M Williams, 1980-85 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. Air Force and aeronautics, 1940s - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. ACLALS Conference, Fiji, 1980 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File. Trobriand Islands, 1945-71 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File. Papua New Guinea, 1940s and 1950s - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File. Tonga, 1971-83 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File. New Hebrides, 1967 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File. Fiji, 1967 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File. Solomon Islands, 1967 - Box 14 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Newspaper cuttings, 1938-1980s Show allonly 1

File. 1938-1950s, including reviews of Ruhen's books, and articles by and about Ruhen - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous cutting and reviews, 1960s - Box 16-17 Show allonly 1
File. Cuttings and reviews re Minerva Reef, 1960s-1970s - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous cuttings, 1970s-1980s - Box 19 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Literary drafts, 1940s-1980s Show allonly 1

File. Typescript and handwritten drafts on 14 X 22 cm sheets of reporters' paper, circa 1940s. Includes, "Roof of dreams," and an autobiographical work on Ruhen's time in the RNZAF - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File. Unsorted drafts of miscellaneous short stories and articles - Box 21-28 Show allonly 1
File. Angels tread lightly - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File. Australia: this changing land, 1972 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File. Australian fisheries, 1968 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File. Australia 200, 1969 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File. Australia 200, 1969 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File. Battleground South Pacific, 1970 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File. Beneath whose hand: the Autobiography of R. M Williams, 1984 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File. Beneath whose hand, 1984 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File. Broken wing, 1965 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File. Broken wing, 1965 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File. Corcoran's the name, 1967 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File. Bullock teams: the building of a nation - research material, 1978-9 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File. Bullock teams - drafts, 1979-80 - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File. The Flockmaster, 1963 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File. Guardian angel, 1968 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File. Freebooter: the notorious life of the Pacific's Bully Hayes, 1984(includes research material) - Box 38-42 Show allonly 1
File. A Harpoon in my hand, 1964 -6 (includes correspondence) - Box 43 Show allonly 1
File. A Harpoon in my hand - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File. Land of the Dahori, 1957 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File. The Last paradise - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File. Look at him clearly - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File. Laurence Hargrave: explorer, inventor and aviation experimenter, 1977 - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File. Macquarie's five towns, 1970 - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File. Mountain ranges of Papua New Guinea, article for Encyclopedia Britannica, 1970 (includes correspondence) - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File. Parramatta, Port Macquarie - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File. Minerva Reef, 1963 - Box 46-47 Show allonly 1
File. Mountains in the clouds, 1963 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File. Naked under Capricorn, 1958 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File. Opening the oceans, 1983 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File. Port of Melbourne: 1835-1976, 1976 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File. Port of Melbourne: 1835-1976, 1976 - Box 50-51 Show allonly 1
File. Rigby Sketchbook series: Historic buildings of Sydney, 1972 - Box 52 Show allonly 1
File. Balmain sketchbook, 1974 - Box 52 Show allonly 1
File. Sydney sketchbook, 1977 - Box 52 Show allonly 1
File. Sailing free around the world, by Laurence Le Guay, as told to Olaf Ruhen - Box 53 Show allonly 1
File. Scan the dark coast, 1969 - Box 53 Show allonly 1
File. Shark attacks and adventures, 1974-5 - Box 53 Show allonly 1
File. South Pacific adventure, 1966-8 - Box 54 Show allonly 1
File. South Pacific, 1967-8 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File. The Stockman, 1982-3 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File. New Caledonia - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File. Stormy Petrel - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File. Syd's pirates: a lifetime with Cathay Pacific, by Charles Eather [ghosted by Ruhen] - Box 1,982 Show allonly 1
File. A Swimmer in the surf, 1961 - Box 57 Show allonly 1
File. The Traders of Teleia, 1984 - Box 57 Show allonly 1
File. Tangaroa's godchild, 1962 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File. White man's shoes, 1960 - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File. Writing: the craft of creative fiction, 1964 - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File. Book reviews by Ruhen - Box 60-61 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Printed material containing work by or about Ruhen, 1947-81 Show allonly 1

File. The Bulletin, 1958-81 (see also folio run for The Bulletin, 1947-56) - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File. People, 1950-69, includes typed index to volume 1 by Ruhen - Box 63-64 Show allonly 1
File. Saturday evening post, 1954-62 - Box 65 Show allonly 1
File. Pix, 1949-58; John Bull, 1954-63; Australian women's weekly, 1959-64; Lektyr, 1959 - Box 66 Show allonly 1
File. Various literary magazines, 1957-80 - Box 67 Show allonly 1
File. Man, 1956-70; Adam, 1964-6 - Box 68 Show allonly 1
File. Clubman, 1950s; Chance international, 1970s; miscellaneous periodicals - Box 69 Show allonly 1
File. Miscellaneous publications - Box 70 Show allonly 1

Class [unnumbered]. Consignment received 28 December 1995 Show allonly 1

File. South African Defence - Aid Fund, 1963-72 - Box 71 Show allonly 1

File. Naked Under Capricorn, - Correspondence, 1958-80 - Box 71 Show allonly 1

File. Personal correspondence, 1957-59 - Box 71 Show allonly 1

File. Contracts, 1935, 1961-75 - Box 71 Show allonly 1

File. Contracts, 1968-83 - Box 71 Show allonly 1

File. Typescript draft - Box 71 Show allonly 1

Class [unnumbered]. Consignment received 6 February 1996 Show allonly 1

File. Letters to Ruhen's son Carl, 1957-61 - Box 71 Show allonly 1

Class [unnumbered]. Consignment received 20 June 2002 Show allonly 1

File. Letters from Joanne Greenberg to Ruhen (1984-87) - Box 72 Show allonly 1

File. Letters from publishers and royalty statements (1984-86) - Box 72 Show allonly 1

File. Papers on Bread Loaf Writers, 1957 - Box 72 Show allonly 1