National Library of Australia
The papers include personal and professional correspondence, drafts and typescripts of poetry, copies of articles, reviews, talks, lectures, manuscripts, writings, notes, cuttings and reports relating to Mead's career as a poet, writer, editor, lecturer, teacher and literary reviewer.
Correspondents include Kevin Hart, Les Murray, Judith Rodriguez, Alec Bolton, David Brooks, Andrew Sant, Geoff Page, John Tranter, R.A. Simpson, A.D. Hope, Tom Shapcott and Chris Wallace-Crabbe.
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Philip Mead, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers were purchased by the National Library from Philip Mead in 1992.
The collection was arranged and listed by the donor before being transferred to the Library. The file titles and the arrangement of records within the files have been preserved by the Library. The Library has arranged the collection into 9 series which closely resemble alphabetical groupings made by Mead at the time of transfer to the Library.
Letters by Mead to Alan Gould are held by the Library at MS 6635.
John Tranter's papers are held by the Library at MS 5715.
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|1980-81||Teaching Fellow in English, Geelong College, Geelong|
|1980-84||Off Campus Assessor, School of Humanities, Deakin University|
|1982-85||Head of English Faculty, Geelong College, Geelong|
|1986-87||Research Assistant, School of Humanities, Deakin University|
|1986||Tutor in English, Ormond College, University of Melbourne|
|1987-91||Lockie Fellow in Creative Writing and Australian Literature, English Department, University Of Melbourne|
|1987-94||Poetry Editor, Meanjin|
|1991-94||Lockie Lecturer in Australian Writing, English Department, University of Melbourne|
|1995-||Senior lecturer, English Department, University of Tasmania|
Comprises personal and professional correspondence, drafts and typescripts of poetry, copies of articles, reviews, talks, lectures, manuscripts, writing, notes, cuttings and reports relating to Philip Mead's career as a poet, writer, editor, lecturer, teacher and literary reviewer. Correspondents include Kevin Hart, Les Murray, Judith Rodriguez, Alec Bolton, David Brooks, Andrew Sant, Geoff Page, John Tranter, R.A. Simpson, A.D. Hope, Tom Shapcott and Chris Wallace-Crabbe.
Contained in 16 boxes.
The series consists of personal and professional correspondence. The personal correspondence is extensive; in particular there is a large number of letters written by Mead's close friend and fellow poet Alan Gould. These letters ( ca. 120 ) often run to six pages of typescript and are usually accompanied by poems written by Gould. Other correspondents include Kevin Hart, Les Murray, Judith Rodriguez, Alec Bolton, David Brooks, Andrew Sant, Geoff Page, John Tranter, R.A. Simpson, A.D. Hope, Tom Shapcott and Chris Wallace-Crabbe.
The series consists of in-letters, postcards, greeting cards, invitations, leaflets, notices, brochures and copies of the Victorian Fellowship of Australia Writers Bulletin.
The professional correspondence includes letters relating to the publication of his poems in newspapers and journals and papers relating to his academic studies and teaching positions.
This series is a comprehensive collection of drafts and typescripts of Mead's poems, articles, lectures, reviews, talks and translations. It includes a draft manuscript of This river is in the south published in 1984 by Penguin Australia. Bound copies of his theses, 'John Berryman's The dream songs'; (M.A., 1980) and 'Reading origins in Australian literature' (PhD, 1990) are located in folders 36 and 37.See also Series 7 for royalty statements for This river is in the south.
The Penguin book of modern Australian poetry was edited by Philip Mead and John Tranter and published in 1991. Both have also contributed poems to the publication. The papers provide an interesting insight into the publication of the anthology as Mead was living in Melbourne and Tranter in Sydney. Much of the discussion was carried out in correspondence or by exchanging annotated copies of poems. The drafts of the introduction also went back and forth between the two editors.
The series consists of correspondence with John Tranter and Penguin, original selections, drafts of the introduction, galley proofs, permission letters, notes and journal articles and a draft manuscript.
The series consists of typescript copies of poems and writings by other Australian poets. There is evidence within the correspondence in Series 1 that material was circulated amongst this group and others for comment and criticism and general information.
In 1988 Mead was a judge for the ABC Bicentennial Literary Awards. From 1989-91 he was a member of a number of advisory groups for the Victorian Ministry for the Arts. These included the Premier's Literary Awards and the Literature Advisory Panel. He was also a committee member for the Melbourne International Writers' Festival in 1990 and 1991.
The series consists of correspondence, agenda, minutes of meetings, notes and reports.
Open Door Press was the initiative of a small group known as Canberra Poetry. The group was formed in 1972 when Alan Gould, David Brooks and Philip Mead, all students at the Australian National University, joined with Mark O'Connor, a lecturer in the English Department, to start a small quarterly magazine. The magazine was meant to serve those Canberra writers who had not been published before. A series of fortnightly Broadsheets was launched on 1 January 1975. Each broadsheet was a limited edition of between 100 and 150 copies, signed and numbered by the author.
Comprises papers covering the period 1986-2004 and includes personal and professional correspondence, printouts of about 630 e-mails, papers relating to conferences and seminars, articles, reviews, references and papers by Mead, other writings by Mead, papers relating to Mead's co-editorship of the literary magazine RePublica, and manuscripts and drafts by others sent to Mead. There is some poetry by Mead, and titles include Hearts of the world, On this day she begins her fortieth year, Adult concepts, Melbourne or the bush, Postmodern love, Tell me everything and Cinema point. The major correspondents are Judith Rodriguez, John Tranter, John Barnes, Alan Gould, George Papaellinas, John Lucas, Amanda Lohrey and Ann Vickery.
Contained in 1 carton, 5 A3 cartons.