National Library of Australia
The collection includes correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts, page proofs, notebooks, photographs, newspaper cuttings and other printed material. There are family papers, including material relating to Campbell's father, Alfred Campbell, and sister, Meg Campbell. The collection also features a RAAF flying logbook kept by Campbell, 1939-1945, and a caricature of Campbell by John Frith.
The literary drafts relate to Campbell's poetry, short stories, articles, reviews and other writings. Those works documented in the collection include The miracle at Mullion Hill (1956), Evening under lamplight (1959), Poems (1962), Selected poems (1968), The branch of Dodona and other poems (1970), Starting from Central Station (1973), Devil's Rock and other poems (1974), Death and pretty cousins (1975), Moscow trefoil (1975), Flame and shadow (1976), Words with a black orpington (1978), Seven Russian poets (1979) and The man in the honeysuckle (1979).
The correspondence comprises letters from family, friends, writers and publishers. Among the correspondents are Bruce Beaver, Alec Bolton, R.F. Brissenden, Vincent Buckley, Nancy Cato, John Couper, Beatrice Davis, Bruce Dawe, C. Day Lewis, Rosemary Dobson, Russell Drysdale, Geoffrey Dutton, Geoffrey Fairbairn, R.D. FitzGerald, H.M. Green, Rodney Hall, Kevin Hart, A.D. Hope, Nancy Keesing, Thomas Keneally, Geoffrey Lehmann, Norman Lindsay, James McAuley, Ronald McCuaig, Nan McDonald, Ann MacLean, James McNeish, John Manifold, Philip Martin, Elyne Mitchell, Les Murray, Roland Robinson, John Rowland, Thomas Shapcott, Kenneth Slessor, Douglas Stewart, Brian Stonier, John Thompson, E.M.W. Tillyard, Russel Ward, Francis Webb, Patrick White and Judith Wright.
The collection is available for reference.
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 David Campbell, National Library of Australia, MS 5028, [series and/or file number]'.
The collection was received from David Campbell and his wife, Judy Campbell, in a number of instalments between 1975 and 1988. A further donation was made by Judy Campbell in 2002.
The Library has tried to retain the order of the papers as they were maintained by Campbell. Many of the folders have been identified and annotated with contextual information by Judy Campbell.
The Library also holds Campbell's self-portrait in the Pictorial Collection (R 10682), as well as a 1967 conversation with Campbell (DeB 329-330) and poetry readings by him (DeB 62 and DeB 239) in the Oral History Collection.
|1915||Born at Ellerslie Station, Adelong, New South Wales, on 16 July|
|1930||Entered The King's School, Parramatta, Sydney|
|1933-1934||Held the J.D. Futter Memorial Scholarship, The King's School|
|1935||Entered Jesus College, Cambridge|
|Represented England in Rugby Union|
|1937||Graduated Bachelor of Arts, Jesus College|
|1938||Returned to Australia|
|1939-1945||Joined the Royal Australian Air Force. Campbell served as a pilot in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar.|
|1940||Married Bonnie Edith Lawrence|
|1949||Published Speak with the sun|
|1956||Published The miracle of Mullion Hill|
|1959||Published Evening under lamplight: short stories|
|1964-1965||Worked as poetry editor of The Australian newspaper|
|1966||Edited the journal Australian poetry|
|1968||Published Selected poems 1942-1968, for which he was awarded the 1968 Grace Leven Prize|
|1970||Published The branch of Dodona and other poems, 1969-1970|
|Received the Henry Lawson Australian Arts Award|
|Edited Modern Australian poetry|
|1973||Published Starting from Central Station: a sequence of poems|
|1973-1976||Held a senior fellowship of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts|
|1974||Published Devil's Rock and other poems, 1970-1972|
|Married Judith Anne Jones|
|1975||Published Moscow trefoil: poems from the Russian of Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam with Rosemary Dobson and Natalie Staples|
|Received the Patrick White Literary Award|
|Published David Campbell reads from his own work (Poets on record; 14)|
|1976||Published Flame and shadow: selected stories|
|Published The history of Australia with Keith Looby|
|1978||Published Words with a black orpington|
|1979||Published Seven Russian poets: imitations with Rosemary Dobson|
|Died in Canberra on 29 July|
|Published (posthumously) The man in the honeysuckle|
|Awarded (posthumously) the NSW Premier's Prize for Poetry, the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Christopher Brennan Award and the Grace Leven Prize|
Reflecting Campbell's creative work, interests and relationships within the literary community in Australia, from the early 1930s until his death in 1979. Although there are few of Campbell's own letters in the collection, there are extensive sequences of letters from numerous literary figures, including R.F. Brissenden, Rosemary Dobson, Geoffrey Dutton, A.D. Hope, Douglas Stewart and Patrick White.
Other major correspondents include Bruce Beaver, Alec Bolton, Vincent Buckley, Nancy Cato, John Couper, Beatrice Davis, Bruce Dawe, C. Day Lewis, Russell Drysdale, Geoffrey Fairbairn, R.D. FitzGerald, H.M. Green, Rodney Hall, Kevin Hart, Nancy Keesing, Thomas Keneally, Geoffrey Lehmann, Norman Lindsay, James McAuley, Ronald McCuaig, Nan McDonald, Ann MacLean, James McNeish, John Manifold, Philip Martin, Elyne Mitchell, Les Murray, Roland Robinson, John Rowland, Thomas Shapcott, Kenneth Slessor, Brian Stonier, John Thompson, E.M.W. Tillyard, Russel Ward, Francis Webb and Judith Wright.
These letters contain often detailed comments from writers regarding the progress of their writing and publishing projects, as well as discussing Campbell's work. The letters also reflect Campbell's interests in trout fishing, painting, pottery and life on the land. This series includes family letters, publishing correspondence and author's agreements, together with drafts and typescripts of poems sent to Campbell as poetry editor of The Australian (1964-1965).
Campbell was one of Australia's most accomplished poets. This series comprises notes, manuscript and typescript drafts and proofs of much of his work, including some published poems. Campbell was often working on numerous projects simultaneously, and there is extensive overlapping between folders of drafts.
Ten of Campbell's volumes of verse are represented in this series, from The miracle of Mullion Hill (1956) to the posthumously published The man in the honeysuckle (1979). There are also papers relating to Campbell's verse translations ('imitations') of Russian, French and Chinese poets, particularly Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam. Campbell produced two volumes of verse translations with Rosemary Dobson, comprising Moscow trefoil (1975) and Seven Russian poets (1979). Campbell also edited Modern Australian poetry (1970) and collaborated with the artist Keith Looby on The history of Australia (1976).
The series also features poems and prose by other Australian writers, including poems submitted to Campbell as poetry editor of The Australian (1964-1965). These writers include R.F. Brissenden, Rosemary Dobson, Geoffrey Dutton, A.D. Hope, Geoffrey Lehmann, James McAuley, Philip Martin, Vivian Smith, Douglas Stewart, John Thompson and Chris Wallace-Crabbe.
Poetry and prose by other writers is also included in Series 1.
Comprising manuscript and typescript drafts of short stories, most of which were published in Campbell's two short story collections, Evening under lamplight (1959) and Flame and shadow (1976). The stories were reissued in 1987 as Evening under lamplight: selected stories of David Campbell, with a foreword by David Malouf.
Including reviews of publications of various Australian writers, together with articles, speeches and radio scripts. The writings relate to such topics as trout fishing, art, poetry and particular poets, including Robert Burns, A.D. Hope and Francis Webb. There are also drafts, notes and research material for Campbell's own writings. Drafts and copies of Campbell's prose may also be found in Series 1 and Series 2.
Comprising notes and drafts of poetry and prose. Most of the poems have been published, including poems featured in Selected poems (1968), The branch of Dodona and other poems (1970), Starting from Central Station (1973), Devil's Rock and other poems (1974) and Deaths and pretty cousins (1975).
The notebook 'Recco over Rabaul' records Campbell's experiences as a pilot in World War II. There are also family history research notes, together with notes on the administration of Campbell's property 'Palerang', which is located in the Braidwood region of New South Wales.
Including newspaper cuttings, broadsheets of poems by five Australian poets, a thesis on Campbell's poetry (1972) and other printed material.
The cuttings feature poems by Campbell and other writers, as well as reviews of most of Campbell's published works. The copies of the Jesus College magazine Chanticlere date from Campbell's time at Cambridge (1935-1937), and include two of his early poems.
Comprising personal documents, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings and certificates. A notable inclusion is a caricature of Campbell by John Frith, annotated 'published, Bulletin, 23 February 1944'. The series also features a logbook kept by Campbell while serving as a pilot in World War II. The logbook records details of flights and operations carried out mainly in Papua New Guinea and the surrounding region. Associated with the logbook are a small number of letters, including letters of Norman Lindsay and Douglas Stewart (n.d.). There is also a wartime diary kept in India by Campbell's father, Alfred Campbell, December 1917, and sketchbooks belonging to Campbell's sister, Meg Campbell.
|2||28||Folio Package 1|
|6||13||Folio Package 1|
|7||8||Folio Package 2|
|7||9-10||Folio Package 3|
|7||11||Folio Package 4|
|7||12||Folio Package 5|