Guide to the Papers of Gwenda Davey

MS 9352

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Gwenda Davey
Date Range
1968-1996
Collection Number
MS 9352
Extent
1.68 metres (12 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The material consists of correspondence, journal articles, drafts, seminar papers, newscuttings, publications, research material and working notes relating to Gwenda Davey's career as a lecturer, freelance writer, consultant and researcher in Australian folklore and folklife. The main projects are :Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore (1993), 'Folklife in Australia' ( PhD thesis, 1993 ) and Moe Folklife Project, 1995.

The series Oxford Companion to Folklore contains correspondence and contributions from Shirley Andrews, Frank Campbell, Nancy Keesing, John McPhee, Helen O'Shea, J. S. Ryan and Bill Wannan.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1384650).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Gwenda Davey, National Library of Australia, MS 9352, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were purchased by the National Library from Gwenda Davey in 1999.

Arrangement

Gwenda Davey has organised the material in folders by project and consultancy. The file titles and the arrangements of records within the files have been preserved by the Library. Library staff have arranged the collection into 8 series.

The recordings of the Moe Folklife Project are held in the Oral History Collection at the National Library of Australia.

Biographical Note

Date Event
1988 Australian Folk Trust Major Fellowship
1989 Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia
1990 Australian Postgraduate Research Award (PhD scholarship)
1995 Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, short fellowship
1998 Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the protection and preservation of traditional folklore and folklife in Australia

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Talks, seminarpapers, journal articles, 1968-93 Show allonly 1

The series includes notes for talks and lectures and a copy of seminar papers and articles written by Gwenda Davey. See also Series 7 for other conference papers by Davey.

File 1. School performances, 1968 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 2. Talks, early, 1970s - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 3. Talks, reviews, articles, 1973-83 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 4. Talks, 1984-91 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'Cinderella and friends: folklore as discourse', 1980 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'Baby's poetry book', 1981 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'Games in a private world', 1982 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'The functions of folklore', 1983 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'Are nonsense rhymes for young children culturally universal ?', 1984 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'A wigwam for a goose's bridle', 1985 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'Danny Spooner at Footscray: teachers' notes', 1985 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. 'Australian folklore', 1986, 1985 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Teaching folklore at Footscray', 1986 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Folklife in Footscay', 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Australia's heritage: not just things', 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Nursery rhymes: a neglected study', 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Is there an Australian nursery rhyme', 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Collecting children's folklore in multicultural Australia', 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. Submission re community violence, 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Nursery lore and the functions of folklore', 1988 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Tales of swagmen, goanna oil and elastics', 1989 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Folklore in Australia', 1990 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Learning how to joke: the development of pre-school children's verbal humour', 1993 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Teaching programs, 1984 - 89 Show allonly 1

In 1984-85 Gwenda Davey was a sessional lecturer in Child Development in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University. In 1985-87 she lectured in psychology, multicultural and folklore studies at Footscray Institute of Technology.

The series includes notes and course outlines for courses in children's folklore and Australian folklife and a course in child development and health.

File 1. Footscray Institute of Technology: Children's folklore, Semester 2, 1985 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 2. Footscray Institute of Technology: Children's folklore, 1986 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 3. Footscray Institute of Technology: Australian folklore and folklife (HE 171), Semester 2, 1986 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 4-5. Footscray Institute of Technology: Australian folklore and folklife (HE 171), Semester 2, 1987 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 6. Other institutions: Cultural perspectives in the Arts: literature and folklore, Melbourne College of Advanced Education, 1984-85 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 7. Other institutions: Community paediatrics, Melbourne University, 1984-85 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 8. Other institutions: Australian folk culture, Asian Law Centre, Melbourne University, 1988-89 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series 3. 'Folklife in Australia: issues of policy and practice'( PhD, 1993 ), 1990-93 Show allonly 1

The series comprises initial outlines and proposals for Davey's thesis, drafts, research notes and journal articles. A final bound copy of the thesis is located in folder 16.

File 1. First proposals and outlines - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 2. What is folklore? - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 3. The invention of tradition - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 4. Imported (borrowed) traditions - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 5. Documentation - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 6. Categorisation of culture - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 7. The children's tradition (bibliography) - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 8. NESB (Non-English) folklore - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 9. Thesis (miscellaneous) - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 10. Notes and photocopies - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 11. Text at April 1991 (part) - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 12. Monash - check references - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 13. Thesis - references - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 14. Other issues - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 15. Examiner's report - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 16. Final bound copy of thesis Show allonly 1

Series 4. Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore, 1989-93 Show allonly 1

The Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore, (Oxford University Press, 1993) was the first major encyclopaedic study of Australian Folklore. It looked at the history of the development of folk culture in Australia and identified significant individuals, institutions and events that have contributed to its evolution.

Some of Australia's best known writers and folklorists contributed articles to the companion on a diverse range of topics. The range of topics included: Aboriginal folklife, Chinese folklore, country music, Greek shadow puppetry, Ned Kelly, nursery rhymes, patchwork quilts, gum leaf playing and wartime folklore.

The Oxford Companion to Australia Folklore was edited by Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal. Both contributed entries to the publication.

The series contains correspondence between the editors and the publishers, correspondence between the editors and contributors, lists of contributors, list of headings, draft chapters, edited chapters and book reviews.

File 1. Correspondence and discussions with Oxford University Press, 1989-92 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 2. Correspondence between Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal, including some draft material, 1989-92 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 3. Early notes and drafts - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 4. Major contributions edited by Gwenda Davey - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 5. Illustrations - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 6. Headings, list of contributors and guidelines for contributors - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 7. Working papers - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 8. List of contributors and draft chapters from Nancy Keesing - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 9. Form letters sent to contributors - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 10. Biographies of contributors - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 11-12. Contributions edited by Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 13-14. Correspondence between editors and contributors, 1989-92 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 15. Book reviews - Box 6 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Moe Folklife Project, 1994-96 Show allonly 1

The Moe Folklife Project was Australia's first regional study of Australian folklife. The project was funded by the National Library of Australia, the Department of Communication and the Arts and local organisations in Moe and the La Trobe Valley, Victoria.

During 1995 the following aspects of traditional folklife were documented: music and dance; customs, celebrations and special events; children's playground games, food and storytelling, including stories about working life.

The series includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, newscuttings, research notes, administrative files, journal articles, reports, background reference material and a final edited report.

File 1. Original proposal, 1994-95 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 2. Funding and finances, 1995-96 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 3. Moe Advisory Committee meetings, 1994-95 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 4. Information about local people and organisations, 1994-97 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 5. Information, newscuttings on local places, 1994-97 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 6. Publicity generated about the project, 1994-96 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 7. Correspondence, 1994-96 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 8. Sample copy of worksheets used during the project - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 9. Listing of tapes delivered to Moe Skillshare for transcription, 1995 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 10. Copies of two conference papers relating to the project, 1995-96 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 11. Preparation of edited report for the Internet, 1996 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 12. Notes relating to Yallourn Heritage Trail, 1994-95 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 13. Completed questionnaires which were placed in the Moe and Narracan News, 15 November 1995 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 14. Notes for training session, 1995 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 15. Final edited report of the Moe Folklife Project, 1996 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 16. Research assistants - general information, 1994-96 Show allonly 1

File 17. Jennifer Aitken, 1995-96 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 18. Robin Begalo, 1995 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 19. Sally Grant, 1994-95 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 20. Sally Kanellopolous, 1994-95 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 21. Peter Morrison, 1995 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 22. Fay Pollack, 1995 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 23. Nancy Schakau, 1994-95 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 24. Marie Smith, 1995 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 25-30. Pamphlets, journal articles, government reports, newspapers, travel brochures and miscellaneous leaflets relating to Moe and the Gippsland region, 1994-96 - Box 8, 9 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Consultancies, grants and scholarships, 1975-92 Show allonly 1

The series consists of correspondence, drafts, interviews, journal articles, seminar papers, work books and research notes relating to various consultancies, grants and scholarships.

The Multicultural Cassette Series was produced by Gwenda Davey while at the Institute of Early Childhood Development in Melbourne under a grant from the Australian Government Children's Commission. It consists of 26 tapes of stories, songs and rhymes in eight different languages. The consultancy for the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs (AIMA) resulted in the publication of a resource book titled A strange place to go: child migrants to Australia: a resource book.

File 1-3. Multicultural Cassette Series, 1975-79 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 4. IYL Scholarship (International Youth Library, Munich, Germany), 1978 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 5. Child migrants to Australia - AIMA report, 1981-86 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 6. Folklife in Footscay, 1987 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 7. Consultancy : Women in the hop growing industry, National Museum of Australia, 1992 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Conferences, 1984-94 Show allonly 1

The series includes conference proceedings and papers given by Gwenda Davey.

File 1. National Folklore Conference, 1984 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 2. ANZAAS Centenary Congress, 1988 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 3. Forum on the collecting of folk music in Australia, (UNSW), 1988 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 4. Symposium on issues in multicultural heritage management, 1990 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 5. Proceedings of the 6th National Folklife Conference, 1994 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Other Writings of Gwenda Davey, 1986-93 Show allonly 1

Gwenda Davey has published a number of books for children. Two of these publications, Snug as a bug and Duck under the table are collections of traditional family sayings and rhyming slang which are often used by parents to amuse and control their children.

The series includes correspondence with publishers, drafts of books, sample illustrations, galley proofs, contracts, book reviews, and royalty statements. Folder 2 also contains draft chapters for a book titled 'Possums'.

File 1. Snug as a bug, Oxford University Press, 1990 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 2-3. Great Australian pumpkin, Houghton Mifflin, 1991 - Box 12 Show allonly 1

File 4. Duck under the table, Oxford University Press, 1991 - Box 12 Show allonly 1

File 5. Jack and Jill: nursery rhymes, Oxford University Press, 1993 - Box 12 Show allonly 1

File 6. Play and friendships in a multi-cultural playground, Institute of Early Childhood Development, 1986 and Folklore and tourism, Centre for Australian Studies, Curtin University of Technology, 1992 - Box 12 Show allonly 1