Guide to the Papers of Mem Fox

MS 9190, MS Acc07.011

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Mem Fox
Date Range
1961-2006
Collection Number
MS 9190, MS Acc07.011
Extent
6 metres (34 boxes and 1 carton + 1 folio box)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, drafts of published, unpublished and juvenile writings, speeches and talks, scrapbooks, photographs, papers relating to Fox's academic career, cuttings, printed material and family papers.

The major correspondents are Terry Denton, Lorraine Ellis, Morris Gleitzman, Andrea Goldsmith, Vivienne Goodman, Kilmeny Niland, Pamela Lofts, Patricia Mullins, Craig Smith, Barbara Wels, Paul Jennings, Julie Vivas, Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (parents), Jan Delacourt (sister), Caroline Lurie (Australian Literary Management), Omnibus (Publisher) and Harcourt Publisher. Copies of many of Fox's letters are included.

Conditions Governing Access

Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2761).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

Mem Fox donated, under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, the bulk of MS 9190 to the Library in 1997. Papers in MS 9190, Boxes 19-30 and Folio Box 2 were donated under the Cultural Gifts Program in October 2002. Further papers were added in 2007.

Arrangement

Mem Fox has kept her papers in very good order. Wherever possible, the Library has preserved the original order and the file titles.

Separated Materials

Papers of Mem Fox are also held at the Lu Rees Archives at the University of Canberra.

Finding Aid Source(s)

Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.

Collection Retrieval Advice

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

Biographical Note

Mem (Merrion) Partridge, daughter of Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, was born in Melbourne in 1946. In the same year, Fox's parents moved to Rhodesia to work as missionaries. Fox spent her childhood in the Hope Fountain mission near Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. She went to school in Bulawayo.

In 1965 Fox went to London to study drama at the Rose Bruford College. She graduated from the College in 1968. Between 1968 and 1969 she taught in Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

In 1969 she married Malcolm Fox, whom she had met at Rose Bruford College. The following year they left Africa and emigrated to Adelaide, where Fox taught drama at Cabra Dominican College, Adelaide. Later she taught at the South Australia Institute of Technology (1973 and 1979), Sturt College of Advanced Education (1973-79) and Flinders University (1973-1996).

Her first book, Possum magic, was published in 1983. It was to become her best selling book and has sold more copies than any other Australian children's book. Possum magic won the New South Wales State Literary Award.

Fox has published numerous children's books, an autobiography and three textbooks. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, German and Hebrew. She has won numerous awards and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 9190. Original Consignment Show allonly 1

Comprises correspondence with Australian and overseas writers and illustrators, children, literary agents and publishers; papers relating to the Wombat Book Club; drafts of 17 books, including Possum magic and other writings; scrapbooks, photographs and cuttings; and, papers relating to Mem Fox's academic career. The major correspondents are Terry Denton, Lorraine Ellis, Morris Gleitzman, Andrea Goldsmith, Vivienne Goodman, Kilmeny Niland, Pamela Lofts, Patricia Mullins, Craig Smith, Barbara Wels, Paul Jennings, Julie Vivas, Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (parents), Jan Delacourt (sister), Caroline Lurie of Australian Literary Management, Omnibus (publisher) and Harcourt Publisher. Copies of many of Fox's letters are included.

Contained in 30 boxes + 1 carton.

Series 1. General Correspondence, 1961-2002 Show allonly 1

The series comprises correspondence concerning Fox's writings, the publication of her books, personal news and her work as an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at Flinders University (1994-1996). In some cases the letters are in the form of printouts of email messages she received.

The correspondents include other academics at Flinders University, Fox's students, Jan Delacourt (sister), Chloë Fox (daughter), Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (parents), Barbara Aldworth, Phillip Adams, Phyllis Hohnen, Mark Woodforde (one card), Lucy Calkins (Teachers College, Columbia University), American fans, Harcourt Publisher, Mondo Publishing and The Trumpet Club (School Book Club based in New York). Copies of some of Fox's letters are also included.

Papers in Files 8-14 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Correspondence, 1961, 1984-1989 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence, 1990-1991 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 3-4. Correspondence, 1992-1994 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 5-6. Correspondence, 1995-1996 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 7. Letters of Sandy McClelland - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 8. Jan Delacourt (while studying in California), 1995-1996 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 9. Phillip Adams, 1997-1999 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 10. Friends from drama school, high school and childhood mission friends, 1997-2002 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 11. Correspondence, 1997-2002 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 12. Correspondence, 1998-2002 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 13. A card from Chloë Fox, 1999 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 14. Letters from 'fabulous ex-students' (mostly Barbara Wels), 1999-2002 - Box 19 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Correspondence with Australian writers and illustrators, 1985-2001 Show allonly 1

The series includes correspondence with illustrators who have worked with Fox on some of her books, as well as other Australian writers, including children's writers. They discuss their writings and reviews of their books, as well as personal news. Copies of some of Fox's letters are also included.

The major correspondents include Terry Denton (Night noises and an untitled forthcoming book), Lorraine Ellis (Feathers and fools), Morris Gleitzman, Andrea Goldsmith, Vivienne Goodman (Guess what?), Kilmeny Niland (Just like that), Pamela Lofts (Koala Lou and Sail away), Patricia Mullins (Shoes for grandpa and Hattie and the fox), Craig Smith (Sophie), Barbara Wels, Paul Jennings and Julie Vivas (Possum magic and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge).

The series also include correspondence, usually only one letter or card, with Colin Thiele, Gillian Rubenstein, Leslie Rees, Christobel Mattingley, Robin Klein, Carmel Bird, James Bradley, Duncan Ball, Pam Gilbert, Hazel Edwards, Janine Baker, Tim Winton, Nadia Wheatley, Eleanor Nilsson, Sophie Masson, Sally Morgan, Thomas Keneally, Max Harris, Marion Halligan and Phil Cummings.

Papers in Files 10-12 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Terry Denton, 1988-1995 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 2. Lorraine Ellis, 1987-1990 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 3. Morris Gleitzman, 1990-1995 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 4. Andrea Goldsmith, 1992-1994 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 5. Vivienne Goodman, 1989-1995 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 6. Various correspondence, c.1985-c.1995 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Kilmeny Niland, 1989

Pamela Lofts, 1986-1992

Patricia Mullins, 1985-1995

Craig Smith, n.d.

File 7. Barbara Wels, 1989-1995 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 8. Julie Vivas, 1984-1986 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 9. Other correspondents, 1985-1994 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 10. Paul Jennings, Elizabeth Jolley, Patricia Mullins, Richard Flanagan and Judy Horacek, 1986-2001 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 11. Vivienne Goodman, 1996-1999 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 12. Julie Vivas, 1998-2001 - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Correspondence with overseas writers and illustrators, 1984-2001 Show allonly 1

The correspondence is mostly with British and American writers, illustrators and educators, including Natalie Babbitt, Nick Bantock, Jim Gurney, Shelley Harwayne, Charlotte Huck, Pat Hutchins, Lois Lowry, Margaret Mahy, Daniel Pennac, Marc Rosenthal, Elivia Savadier, Barbara Trapido, Jim Trelease. The subjects include comments on Fox's books, their own writings, books they have read and personal news.

Papers in File 5 were added in October 2002.

File 1. A-B, 1987-1993 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 2. B-D, 1990-1994 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 3. D-P, 1984-1996 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 4. R-Y, 1975-1996 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 5. Correspondence, 1986-2001 - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Correspondence with school children, 1989-1995 Show allonly 1

The series comprises children's letters from primary schools in Australia and America and Fox's transcripts of some of the letters.

File 1. Primary school children in Australia, 1989-1992 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 2. Primary school children in Brooklyn, NY, 1995 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 3. Sample of the types of information and gifts usually included in Fox's replies to children - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Correspondence with literary agents and publishers, 1986-2000 Show allonly 1

The bulk of the series comprises business and personal correspondence with Caroline Lurie of Australian Literary Management and Jenny Darling (Fox's literary agent). Other correspondents include Goodman Associates (literary agent), Rigby Heinemann, Harcourt Publisher, Penguin Group, Curtis Brown (literary agent), Writers House and V.R. Dye and Co. (accountants).

Papers in Files 6 and 7 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Personal correspondence with Caroline Lurie, including copies of Fox's letters and a poem by Fox, 1993-1997 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 2. Australian Literary Management, 1986-1988 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 3. Australian Literary Management, 1989-1990 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 4. Australian Literary Management, Goodman Associates and Rigby Heinemann, 1991 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 5. Australian Literary Management, Goodman Associates, Harcourt Publisher, Penguin Group, Curtis Brown, Writers House and V.R. Dye, 1992-1993 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 6-7. Jenny Darling, 1998-2000 - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Correspondence with Omnibus, 1984-1992 Show allonly 1

Omnibus, an Adelaide publisher, was the first publisher to accept Possum magic for publication and subsequently published four of Fox's other books. The series comprises correspondence with the directors (Sue Williams, Jane Coverton and Pam Evers), as well as copies of Fox's letters, cuttings and a photocopy of illustrations for Possum magic.

File 1. Correspondence, 1983-1986 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence, 1987-1989 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence, 1990-1992 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 4. Cuttings and photocopy of illustrations for Possum Magic - Box 17 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Copies of letters written by Mem Fox, 1989-2001 Show allonly 1

Fox kept copies of her own letters, including those written to Caroline Lurie, Frank Hodge, Jan Delacourt (sister), Chloë Fox (daughter), Malcolm Fox (husband), Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (parents), Louise Howton and Allyn Johnston. Among the subjects she describes were her writings, teaching, staff appointments at Flinders University and personal news.

Papers in File 4 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Letters, 1989-1991 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 2. Letters, 1991-1992 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 3. Letters, 1995-1996 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

Includes copies of best seller list and a newspaper article by Chloë Fox.

File 4. Letters, 1997-2001 - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Wombat Book Club, 1985-1987 Show allonly 1

Fox contributed monthly letters to the Wombat, a book club journal for school children. The file contains copies of the journal, draft of some of Fox's letters and cuttings.

File 1. Various papers - Box 4 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Writings, 1982-2001 Show allonly 1

Handwritten drafts, typescripts, correspondence with the publishers, drawings, cuttings, mock-ups, signed copies of the books and other papers relating to the books listed.

Papers in Files 31-72 were added in October 2002.

Subseries 9.1. Possum Magic (1983) Show allonly 1
File 1. Scrapbook, 1983-1985 - Folio-Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2. First draft, 1978 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 3. Miscellaneous papers, 1982-1985 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 4. Two signed copies of the book (one of them is the German translation) - Box 5 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.2. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (1984) Show allonly 1
File 5. Handwritten draft entitled 'Precious as gold', 'Round five', 1983 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 6. Typescripts, including 'Memories, memories', 1983 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 7. Play script adapted by Mem Fox and Sheryn Dee, 1987 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 8. Correspondence with Sue Williams (Omnibus), Jenny King, Julie Smith, Kane/Miller Book Publisher (Fox's US Publisher) and Martin Bachmann, concerning the creation of the Wilfrid puppet show, 1982-1995 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 9. The Wilfrid Award, 1996-1997 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

The Award, established by the Hammond Care Group, recognises schools that offer special curriculum activities focussing on building bridges between children and senior citizens in their community.

File 10. Miscellaneous papers, including cuttings and photocopies of reviews, 1981-1987 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 11. Cassette and a roll of film produced by Weston Woods Studios (USA) A signed copy of the book - Box 6 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.3. Zoo looking (1986) Show allonly 1
File 12. Correspondence with Maureen Sullivan, Louise May, Diane Snowball and Mark Vineis of Mondo Publishing, New York, 1995-1996 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

The corrected drafts are often included.

File 13. Illustrations - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 14. Two signed copies of the book Press cuttings, American reviews, leaflets and other papers, sent by Louise May,1995-1996 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.4. The straight line of wonder (1987) Show allonly 1
File 15. A mock-up and a signed copy of the book Correspondence with Maureen Sullivan and Louise May, 1995-1996 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.5. A bedtime story (1987) Show allonly 1
File 16. A mock-up and two signed copies of the book Correspondence with Maureen Sullivan and Elivia Savadier, 1995 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.6. Guess what? (1988) Show allonly 1
File 17. A signed copy of the book Miscellaneous papers and a mock up, 1984-1990 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.7. Koala Lou (1988) Show allonly 1
File 18. Drafts A signed copy of the book - Box 7 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.8. With love at Christmas (1988) Show allonly 1
File 19. A signed copy of the book Correspondence with Abingdon Press and Lutheran Publishing, drafts and other papers, 1987-1995 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.9. Night noises (1989) Show allonly 1
File 20. Drafts, correspondence with Harcourt Publisher and other papers, 1985-1989 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.10. Feathers and fools (1989) Show allonly 1
File 21. Correspondence with Ashwood House (Publisher), drafts and other papers, 1985-1989 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 22. Mock-up of the US edition A signed copy of the book and a video - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.11. Shoes from Grandpa (1989) Show allonly 1
File 23. Three signed copies of the book (Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese editions) Correspondence and other papers, 1987-1990 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.12. Sophie (1989) Show allonly 1
File 24. Two signed copies of the book Correspondence with Harcourt Publisher and Ian Drakeford Publishing, drafts and other papers, 1985-1995 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.13. Mem's the word (1990) Show allonly 1
File 25. A mock-up and a signed copy of the book - Box 9 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.14. English essentials (non-fiction, 1993) Show allonly 1
File 26. A signed copy of the book Correspondence with Macmillan and other papers, 1991-1993 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.15. Radical reflections (non-fiction, 1993) Show allonly 1
File 27. Three copies of the book (one Australian and two American editions) Correspondence with Harcourt Publisher, 1992-1993 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.16. Tough Boris (1996) Show allonly 1
File 28. Typescript, a mock up and a signed copy of the book - Box 10 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.17. Boo to a goose (1996) Show allonly 1
File 29. A signed copy of the book Correspondence with Hodder Headline Australia, reviews, illustrations and other papers, 1995-1996 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.18. Other writing Show allonly 1
File 30. Drafts of 'The paths of story lead but to the graves' published in Primary education, May/June, 1984 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.19. Just like that (1986) Show allonly 1
File 31. Signed copy of the book (Hodder and Stoughton Australia) - Box 21 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.20. Time for bed (1993) Show allonly 1

The book was on Oprah's list of the '20 all time best books for children' and Fox's biggest seller in America.

File 32. Correspondence with Jenny Darling (literary agent), Jane Dyer (illustrator) and Harcourt Publisher, and production first proof, 1991-1995 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 33. Signed copy of the US hardcover edition of the book - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 34. Signed copy of the US paperback edition of the book - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.21. Wombat divine (1995) Show allonly 1
File 35-36. Drafts, notes, cuttings and correspondence, 1992-1997 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 37-38. Signed copies of the book - Box 21 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.22. Whoever you are (1997) Show allonly 1
File 39. Drafts - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 40. Signed copy of the paperback edition - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.23. Sleepy bears (1999) Show allonly 1
File 41. Notes and drafts, 1996-1999 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 42. Copy of the book - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.24. Harriet you'll drive me wild (2000) Show allonly 1

The book was originally published as Just like that in 1986.

File 43. Drafts, 1998 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 44. Signed copy of the book - Box 22 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.25. Handbook for writers of children's books (2001) Show allonly 1

While in Uganda and Tanzania in January/February 2000, to run writing workshops under the auspices of UNESCO, Fox was invited to write a booklet that can be used worldwide by the organization.

File 45. Drafts and correspondence, 2000 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 46. Signed copy of the book - Box 22 Show allonly 1
Subseries 9.26. Reading magic (2001) Show allonly 1

Pan Macmillan in Australia and Harcourt Publisher in America published the book.

File 47. Papers relating to the book, 1993-2000 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 48. Drafts, n.d. - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 49. Redrafted chapter of the Read aloud miracle, 1Aug. 1999 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 50. One notebook containing Allyn Johnston's (Fox's editor) suggestions, Mar. 2000 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 51. Draft 7, Feb. 2000 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 52. Draft 8, 2000 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 53. Chapters 1-12, 11 Sept. 2000 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 54. The first final draft, Adelaide, 11 Sept. 2000 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 55. Draft, 20 Sept. 2000 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 56. Discarded drafts, post 20 Sept. 2000 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 57. Draft, c. Nov. 200 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 58. Draft 14, 11 Nov. 2000 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 59. Draft 15, 23 Nov. 2000 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 60. Draft 16, 27 Nov. 2000 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 61. Draft 18, 4 Dec. 2000 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 62. Final draft (US edition), 29 Jan. 2001 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 63-65. Third and final lot of drafts, March 2001 - Box 25-26 Show allonly 1
File 66-69. Third and final lot of drafts (Australian edition), 2001 - Box 26-27 Show allonly 1
File 70. Signed paperback (Australian edition) copy of the book - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 71. Signed paperback (US edition) copy of the book - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 72. Signed hardcover (US edition) copy of the book - Box 28 Show allonly 1

Series 10. Unpublished writings, c.1987-2002 Show allonly 1

Papers in Files 2-7 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Miscellaneous drafts, c.1987-1992 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 2. Draft of sequel to Possum magic, 1984 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 3. Drafts of 'Ben again', 1990-1997 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 4. Drafts of 'Miss Zest', 1991-2002 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 5. Typescript of 'Miss Rosie moves on', 1993 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 6. Drafts of 'Wide awake', 2000 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 7. Typescript of 'Finding Clem', n.d. - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Series 11. Juvenile writings, c.1962-1980 Show allonly 1

File 1-2. Drafts of poems and a short story, c.1962-1980 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

Series 12. Miscellaneous drafts and notes, 1984-1995 Show allonly 1

Fox was one of the founding members and President of the South Australia Story Telling Guild. The papers include notes and drafts for story telling and talks of speeches and talks given at various conferences and lectures.

File 1. Drafts, 1982-1985 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 2. Drafts, 1985-1992 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 3. Drafts, 1984-1992 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 4. Drafts, 1993-1995 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 5. Draft of 'Halt! Who goes there?' delivered at the National Conference of the Australian Reading Association, Adelaide, 1991 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 6. Draft of 'What we do with language and what language does to us' delivered at the Australian Reading Association Conference, 1993 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Series 13. Scrapbooks, 1965-1985 Show allonly 1

File 1. 'The beginning of the history of Merrion Partridge after she left Rhodesia on Feb. 24 1965' - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 2. Scrapbook containing photographs, selected fan letters and cuttings relating to the launch and publicity of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, 1984-1985 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Series 14. Personal papers, 1975-1996 Show allonly 1

The series includes financial records, employment records (South Australia College of Advanced Education and Flinders University), letter of application and supporting documents used when Fox applied for the position of Associate Professor/Reader at Flinders University in 1995, essays and other papers.

File 1. One sealed envelope containing record of earnings, 1992-1995 - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 2. Employment records: South Australian College of Advanced Education and Flinders University, 1975-1994 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 3-7. Assignments, including Fox's first English essay, 1967-1986 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 8. Letter of application and supporting papers used when Fox applied for the position of Associate Professor/Reader, Flinders University, 1995 - Folio-Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 9. Miscellaneous, 1987-1990 - Folio-Box 1 Show allonly 1

Includes Kids Own Australia Literature Award (K.O.A.L.A.), which was awarded to Possum magic in 1987, Poster 'Koala Lou I do love you!' and Honorary Citizen of the State of Alabama certificate presented in 1990

Series 15. Photographs, 1963-1997 Show allonly 1

The series comprises personal and family photographs, including photographs of Fox's wedding.

File 1. Photographs - Box 13 Show allonly 1

Series 16. Academic career, 1963-1997 Show allonly 1

The series includes papers relating to Fox's teaching career at the South Australian College of Advanced Education and the School of Education, Flinders University.

Papers in Files 13 and 14 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Notes used in teaching at the South Australian College of Advanced Education - Box 13 Show allonly 1

'Memories are made of this', 1990

'Putting on the brakes: avoiding the wrecks in whole language', 1996

'The weighty compendium', 1996

'The Noarlunga Basin Schools: Literacy and Poverty Project', 1995-1996

'Making language come alive!' n.d.

'The metamorphosis of a teenage non-writer: a study in overcoming writing reluctance', 1981

File 2. Handbooks, 1980s - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 3. Lecture notes and transparencies, c.1990-1996 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 4. Mime notes, c.1970s - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 5. Notes and transparencies for Language and Literacy I course, Flinders University, 1996 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 6. 'The fat book', used for teaching the last semester of Fox's teaching career at the School of Education, Flinders University, 1996 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 7. Miscellaneous notes, 1991-1994 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 8. Course handouts, 1970s - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 9. Completed students' evaluation forms of Fox's teaching of the Language Arts I, Flinders University, 1993 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 10. Assessment by students, Semester II, 1996 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 11. Notebooks containing assessments and marks of students - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 12. Class lists and notes - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 13-14. 'Random unsorted notes from my teaching career', 1973-1996 - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Series 17. Cuttings, book reviews and other papers, 1984-1997 Show allonly 1

The series contains cuttings, bestseller lists, book reviews and photocopies of articles concerning Fox and her books.

Papers in File 3 were added in October 2002.

File 1. Cuttings, book reviews, etc., 1985-1996 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 2. Bestseller lists (Australian and American), 1984-1994 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 3. Book reviews, 1997 - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Series 18. Printed material, 1984-1995 Show allonly 1

Copies of Fox's books and miscellaneous journals.

Item 1. How to teach drama to infants (Without really crying), 1984 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 2. Just like that, 1986 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 3. Hattie and the fox (English, Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese editions), 1986 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 4. Teaching drama to young children, 1987 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 5. Goodnight sleep tight, 1988 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 6. Memories: an autobiography, c.1991 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 7. Dear Mem Fox, I have read all your books even the pathetic ones, 1992 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 8. Time for bed, 1993 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 9. Wombat divine, 1995 - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1
Item 10. Miscellaneous journals - Box 15-16 Show allonly 1

Series 19. Videos, 1986-1996 Show allonly 1

Item 1. 'Wombat divine' - Box 16 Show allonly 1
Item 2. 'Authors on display' - Box 16 Show allonly 1
Item 3. 'Reading story' - Box 16 Show allonly 1
Item 4. 'Trumpet Mem Fox 5/4/1992' - Box 16 Show allonly 1
Item 5. Fox's graduation ceremony, University of Wollongong, 1996 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
Item 6. Interview with Fox, Brisbane, 1986 - Box 16 Show allonly 1

Series 20. Papers of Chloë Fox, 1994-1996 Show allonly 1

This series comprises cuttings and photocopies of articles from the Advertiser written by Chloë Fox.

File 1. Cuttings and copies of writings by Chloë Fox - Box 16 Show allonly 1

Series 21. Papers of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, 1972-1992 Show allonly 1

Fox's father, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, worked as a missionary in Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe between 1946 and 1992. The papers include photocopies and cuttings of articles written by and about Partridge, a copy of United College of Education: Bulawayo 1967-1981 (1985) and a card from Mem Fox from London (1979).

File 1. Various papers - Box 16 Show allonly 1

Series 22. Other papers, 1978-2001 Show allonly 1

The papers in this series were added in October 2002.

File 1. Appointment diaries, 1995-1997 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 2. Miscellaneous drafts and other papers, 1996-2000 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 3. Awards, 1978 and 1997 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 4. Papers relating to events attended by Fox in Australia, USA and Africa, 2000-2001 - Box 30 Show allonly 1

These include conferences, talks, book signings and meet the author events.

Class MS Acc07.011. Consignment Added 2007 Show allonly 1

Comprises drafts and correspondence relating to various projects, including: The green sheep (2004), 2002-2006, Hunswick's egg (2005), 1996-2006, A particular cow (2006), 1995-2006, The magic hat, 1995-2002, The hungary giant/Horatio the hungry, 2003-2005, and, the new edition of Possum magic (2004). There is also an expanding file of letters to and from Fox, 2001-2006, a letter from Tim Winton (1995), press clippings, an artwork by Nicholas Wilton, an expired passport, handwritten financial records, 1995-1998, papers relating to Fox's Flinders University Convocation medal, publications, including audio books, and promotional material such as photographs, articles, stickers and a toy.

Contained in 4 boxes + 1 folio box.

File [unnumbered]. Expanding file of letters to and from Mem Fox, 2001-2006 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Drafts, correspondence and other papers relating to The Green Sheep (2004), 2002-2006 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Drafts, correspondence and other papers relating to A Particular Cow (2006), 1995-2006 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Drafts, correspondence and other papers relating to Hunwick's Egg (2005), 1996-2006 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Drafts, correspondence and other papers relating to The Magic Hat (2002), 1995-2002 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Drafts, correspondence and other papers relating to 'The Hungry Giant'/'Horatio the Hungry' (not published), 2003-2005 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Artwork by Nicholas Wilton - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Press clippings - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. The book of success (containing contribution from Fox) - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Letter from Tim Winton to Mem Fox (1995) - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Fox's weight loss plan June-July 2006 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Papers relating to the new edition of Possum Magic (2004) - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Publications, including audio books - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Promotional material such as badges, stickers and a stuffed toy - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Papers relating to Fox's Flinders University Convocation medal, including certificate and speech - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. 2001 diary (little used) - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Expired passport - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Promotional photographs - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Handwritten financial records, 1995-1998 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Photographs of Myer Christmas 2006 windows, Melbourne and Brisbane, which featured Wombat Divine theme - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Memories shared by admired and well known people - book with contribution by Fox - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. DVD Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Windmill Performing Arts, Adelaide - Box 5 Show allonly 1