Guide to the Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark

MS 7847 et al

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark
Date Range
1920-1999
Collection Number
MS 7847 et al
Extent
13.75 metres (35 boxes, 23 cartons, 2 folio 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-vn2851560).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Collection Retrieval Advice

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

Bibliography

Clark's publications include Pony from Tarella (1959), The min-min (1967), Blue above the tree (1968), Wildfire (1973) and Soft shoe (1988).

Biographical Note

Author of educational and children's books.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7847. Original consignment

Comprises manuscripts, typescripts, notes, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to Clark's work as a writer. The correspondence is mostly with publishers and editors, including, Cole Turnley, E.W. Cole, W. Heinemann, George Robinson, Edward Vidler, Derek Smith, Sir Donald Bradman, Zola Kay, Chris Tangey, Catherine Hennessy, and Jackie McDonald.

Contained in 31 boxes and 2 folio boxes.

Series 1. Correspondence

File 1. Correspondence, 1923-47 - Box 1
File 2. Correspondence, 1947-48 - Box 1
File 3. Correspondence (Mostly copies of letters sent), 1949-53 - Box 1
File 4. Correspondence (Mostly copies of letters sent), 1949-52 - Box 1
File 5. Correspondence, 1953-56 - Box 1
File 6. Correspondence (Mostly letters received), 1957-59 - Box 1
File 7. Correspondence (Mostly copies of letters sent), 1953-61 - Box 1
File 8. Correspondence, 1961-62 - Box 1
File 9. Correspondence, 1963-64 - Box 1
File 10. Correspondence, 1965-66 - Box 2
File 11. Correspondence, 1967 - Box 2
File 12. Correspondence, 1968 - Box 2
File 13. Correspondence, 1969 - Box 2
File 14. Correspondence, 1970 - Box 2
File 15. Correspondence, 1971 - Box 2
File 16. Correspondence, 1972 - Box 2
File 17. Correspondence, 1973 - Box 2
File 18. Correspondence, 1974 - Box 3
File 19. Correspondence, 1975 - Box 3
File 20-21. Correspondence, 1976 - Box 3
File 22. Correspondence, 1977 - Box 3
File 23. Correspondence, 1978 - Box 3
File 24. Correspondence, 1979 - Box 3

Series 2. Manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence and newspaper

File [unnumbered]. Clippings relating to Clark's published works - Box 3
File 25-29. Manuscripts (First drafts), typescripts and correspondence relating to 'Peggy's rival', 1924-29 - Box 4
File 30-31. Typescripts and manuscript of 'The twins abroad' - Box 5
File 32-36. Manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to 'Hatherly's first fifteen' - Box 5
File 37-38. Manuscript (First draft) and typescript of 'Dark pool island'; including the first two chapters of 'Sunny Mount school' and 'Light ended', 1936-48 - Box 6
File 39-40. Manuscripts (First drafts; some chapters are not included) and typescripts of 'The twins from Timber Creek' or 'Home again at Timber Creek', 1947-49 - Box 6
File 41. Manuscript of 'Jingaroo', 1930 - Box 6
File 42-44. Manuscript (First draft) and typescripts (Publisher's and radio copies) of 'Jingaroo', 1953 - Box 7
File 45-46. Manuscript (First draft) and typescript of 'Sunnymount school' or 'Sunnyview school', published in 1951 under a new title 'Missing gold' - Box 7
File 47. Manuscript of the last chapters of the newspaper serial entitled 'Dark pool island'; a short story 'Four bad boys'; a play (myth) written for radio 'The love story of cupid'; an adult short story 'The butterfly'; an article 'Facts of life'; and a poem 'I plucked a rose' - Box 8
File 48. Typescript of 'The treasure in the barn'. This was published under the title 'Missing gold' - Box 8
File 49-51. Manuscript, typescripts (Publisher's and ABC radio copies - Box 8

Episodes 45-52 are not included) and correspondence with Heinemann relating to 'The brown land was green' 1951-56.

File 52-55. Manuscripts (Including first drafts) and typescripts, including first draft and carbon copy of final draft of 'Gully of gold', 1961-62 - Box 9
File 56-57. Manuscript (first draft) and typescripts (Including carbon copies of some of the TV scripts) of 'Pony from Tarella', 1958 - Box 10
File 58. Manuscript, notes, typescript and correspondence relating to 'Fishing, 1962-63 - Box 10
File 59. Manuscript and typescript of 'John Batman' - Box 10
File 60. Typescript (Publisher's copy) of 'They came South, 1963 - Box 10
File 61. Carbon copy of typescript for the ABC radio serial of 'They came South' - Box 11
File 62. Typescript (Publisher's copy) and notes of 'Pastor Doug', 1965 - Box 11
File 63-64. Manuscript and typescripts (first draft incomplete) and typescript (publisher's copy, complete) of 'Min-Min', 1966 - Box 11
File 65. Typescript of short story entitled 'Sylvie', 1962 - Box 11
File 66-67. Manuscript (First draft) and typescript of "Blue above the tree', 1966 - Box 12
File 68-69. Typescripts and some correspondence relating to 'A pack-tracker', 1966-67 - Box 12
File 70. Manuscript of 'Spark of opal' - Box 12
File 71-72. Typescripts (Publisher's production copy and first carbon copy) of 'Spark of opal, 1967 - Box 13
File 73-74. Manuscript (First draft) and Typescript (Publisher's copy) of 'Nowhere to hide' 1943-44, 1969 - Box 13
File 75. Typescript (Publisher's copy) of 'The mystery of the island', 1943-44 - Box 14
File 76-77. Typescript and correspondence relating to 'The opal miner' (Later published as 'Opal mining'), 1968 - Box 14
File 78-80. Manuscript, typescripts (Landsdowne press' and Macmillan's copies) and some correspondence, 1970-71 - Box 14
File 81. Typescripts (Including the first working copy) of 'Iron ore mining', 1971 - Box 15
File 82. Typescript (Publisher's copy) of 'Strolling players', 1972 - Box 15
File 83. Manuscript (First draft), Typescript (Publisher's copy) and notes relating to 'Wildfire' - Box 15
File 85-87. Manuscript, typescripts (Including publisher's copy and notes of 'New golden mountain', 1970-73 - Box 16
File 88-89. Typescripts (First typed draft ,with some notes, and publisher's copy) of 'The sky is free', 1973 - Box 16
File 90-93. Manuscript, typescripts (Publisher's and working copies) and notes relating to 'The hundred islands' - Box 17
File 94. Manuscript and typescript of 'Iron ore mining', 1971 - Box 17
File 95. Typescript, notes and correspondence relating to 'Spanish Queen', 1976-77 - Box 18
File 96-98. Manuscript and typescripts (First typed draft and publisher's copy) of 'The boy from Cumeroogunga', 1979 - Box 18
File 99-100. Manuscript, typescript, notes and correspondence relating to 'The lilly-pilly', 1978-79 - Box 18
File 101. Manuscript and typescript of 'Joey', 1979-80 - Box 19
File 102-103. Manuscript and typescript of 'A stranger came to the mine', 1978-80 - Box 19
File 104. Manuscript of 'Solomon's child', 1981 - Box 19
File 105-106. Typescripts (First typed draft and publisher's copy) of 'Solomon's child' - Box 20
File 107. Manuscript and typescript of 'Boo to a goose', 1979-80 - Box 20
File 108. Notes, typescript and correspondence relating to 'The thief who came quietly', 1980-81 - Box 20
File 109-110. Typescript and correspondence relating to 'Young and brave', 1981 - Box 20
File 111-112. Manuscript and typescript (Publisher's copy) of 'No mean destiny', 1986 - Box 21
File 113. Notes and manuscript of 'Soft shoe', 1981 - Box 21
File 114. Typescript, galley proof and correspondence relating to 'Soft shoe', 1987 - Box 22
File 115. Manuscript of 'The Prince Vega' - Box 22
File 116-117. Manuscript and typescript of 'Out of revenge', 1939 - Box 22
File 118. Manuscript and typescript of 'Found on the waterfront', 1939 - Box 22
File 119-120. Manuscript and typescript of 'The house of Innismore', 1938 - Box 23
File 121-122. Manuscript and typescript of 'The blue homestead', 1946-50 - Box 23
File 123. Manuscript and typescript of 'Greek myths' which was adapted into radio plays (3LO); and the manuscript of 'The little folks from Bundy', 1934 - Box 24
File 124-125. Manuscripts and typescripts of 'The hero of Clifton';and 'New girl Clifton', published in 1948 - Box 24
File 126-127. Manuscript of 'Guest in danger' or 'Wallaby Hill' - Box 24
File 128-131. Manuscripts and typescripts of 'Guest in danger'; also known as 'Wallaby Hill', 'Harbour rescue', 'Let's call him Tim!', 'The harbour's yield', or 'Tim of Wallaby Hill', 1947-48 - Box 25
File 132-133. Manuscript and typescript of 'The folk next door', written for radio station 3DB, 1946 - Box 25
File 134. Typescripts of short stories: - Box 26

'A good save'

'Danny again'

'Danny shines again'

'Danny takes a knock'

'Danny's sixth sense'

'The dud'

'How things work out'

'In the wrong colours'

'Island in the river'

'Jeff's reward'

'The night freighter'

'Night hold-up'

'The nightwatchman'

'The pay-off'

'The perfect nuisance'

'Tommy fights again'.

Series 3. Manuscripts, typescripts, notes and correspondencerelating to early unpublished works

File 135. Manuscript, notes and typescript of 'In the days of Charlemagne', 1926 - Box 26
File 136-137. Manuscript and typescript of 'In the ruck', 1928 - Box 26
File 138-139. Manuscript and typescript of 'The fourth generation', 1928 - Box 27
File 140. Manuscript, typescript and correspondence relating to 'Friend o' mine', 1929-30 - Box 27
File 141-142. Manuscript and typescript of 'They also serve', 1933 - Box 28

Series 4. Manuscripts, typescripts, notes and correspondence relating to works written during school days

File [unnumbered]. Two plastic bags, 1922-25 - Box 29

Series 5. Printed material

File [unnumbered]. 'Dark pool island', Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1949 - Box 29
File [unnumbered]. 'The twins from Timber creek', Melborne, Oxford University Press, 1949 - Box 29
File [unnumbered]. 'Home again at Timber Creek', Melbourne, Oxford University press, 1950(Signed copy) - Box 29
File [unnumbered]. 'The Min Min Lane Cove', Hodder Stoughton, 1974 - Box 29
File [unnumbered]. 'Jingaro, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1951(Signed copy) - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'The brown land was green', Sydne,: Hodder Stoughton, 1974(Signed copy) - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Gully of gold', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1969(Signed copy) - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Pony from Tarella', Melbourne, Heinemann, 1959 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'John Batman', Melbourne Oxford University Press, 1971 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'They came south', Melbourne, Heinemann, 1963 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Pastor Doug', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1965 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Fishing', Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1963 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Blue above the trees', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1967 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'A pack-tracker', Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1968 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Spark of opal', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1968 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Fishing', Oxford University Press, 1963 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Nowhere to hide', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1969 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Opal mining', Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1969 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Iron mountain', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1970 - Box 30
File [unnumbered]. 'Iron oremining', Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1972 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Strolling players', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1972 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Wildfire', Sydney, Hodder Stoughton, 1973 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'New golden mountain', Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1973 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. Sydney, Hodder Stoughton, 1974 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'The hundred islands', Sydney, Hodder Stoughton, 1976 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'The boy from Cumeroogunga', Sydney, Hodder Stoughton, 1979 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'A stranger came to the mine', Melbourne, Hutchinson, 1980 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Spanish Queen', Sydney, Hodder Stoughton, 1977 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'The Lilly-Pilly', Adelaide, 1979 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Joey', Sydney, Addison-Wesley, 1980 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Solomon's child', Melbourne, Puffin, 1981 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Boo to a goose', Sydney, Addison-Wesley, 1981 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'The thief Who came quietly', Sydney, Addison- Wesley, 1982 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Young and brave', Sydney, Hodder Stoughton, 1984 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'No mean destiny', Melbourne, Hyland House, 1986 - Box 31
File [unnumbered]. 'Soft shoe', Gosford, NSW, Bookshelf, 1988 - Box 31

Series 6. Newspaper clippings

File. Newspaper clippings, 1961-70 - Folio 1
File. Newspaper clippings, 1957-64 - Folio 2
File. Newspaper clippings, 1950-64 - Folio 3
File. Newspaper clippings, 1948-50 - Folio 4
File. Newspaper clippings, 1932-54 - Folio 5

Class MS Acc99.226. Consignment added 1999

Comprises notes and notebooks, talks given by Clark, newspaper cuttings, press releases and correspondence relating to several of her works, including, No mean destiny, They came south, Nowhere to hide, Blue above the trees and her autobiography, Trust the dream. In addition, manuscripts of various unpublished works, a scrapbook on Pastor Doug, and papers relating to conferences Clark attended.

Contained in 21 MS cartons, 2 MS boxes, 2 folios.

Class MS Acc05.016. Consignment added 2005

Comprises correspondence, drafts, screenplays, royalty statements, agreements, files on Public Lending Right and Copyright Agency Limited, diaries and photographs.

Contained in 2 MS cartons, 2 MS boxes.