Guide to the Papers of Guido Baracchi

MS 5241

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Guido Baracchi
Date Range
1870-1975
Collection Number
MS 5241
Extent
2.52 metres (18 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, notebooks, handwritten notes from talks, a large amount of research notes, cuttings, handbills, leaflets, translations, photographs and poetry. It covers such organisations as the Communist Party of Australia, the Australian Labor Party, the Revolutionary Socialist Alliance, the Revolutionary Workers League, the Victorian Labour League, the Congress for Friendship and Aid to the Soviet Union, the Fourth International and the Seamen's Union. Other topics covered are conscription, the Vietnam War and the Spanish Civil War. There are also essays and biographical notes and cuttings on such people as H. Alwyn Lee, Baracchi's father (Pietro Baracchi), E.T. Brown, Percy Laidler and Victoria Cramp.

The box of correspondence includes letters from Ralph Gibson, May Brodney, K.S. Prichard, Nettie and Helen Palmer, Dr Lotte Fink, Miriam Dixon, Eric Aarons, David and Bertha Walker (daughter of Percy Laidler), Neura and Michael Hall, Frederick Macartney, President Caballero, Tom Mann, Chris O'Sullivan, Erik Quirk, Jean Battersby, E.E. Jones, Lord Bruce, Will H. Turner, Prof. John Anderson, E.M. Higgins, Maurice Blackburn and Sydney Williams.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for reference.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Guido Baracchi, National Library of Australia, MS 5241, [series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers of Guido Baracchi were donated to the National Library by Gilda Baracchi in 1976. Further instalments were received in 1991 and 1992.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in the order in which the three instalments were received. The contents of some series overlap.

Papers of Pietro Baracchi are held in the Library's Manuscript Collection at MS 8913.

Biographical Note

Guido Baracchi was born in 1887 and died in 1975. He was one of the founders of the Australian Communist Party. After the war he went to Europe and was active with the British Labour and Communist parties and worked as an underground member of the German Communist Party in Berlin. Baracchi returned to Australia in 1935 and he rejoined the Australian Communist Party.

He was married four times and his children include Gilda Baracchi.

Pietro Baracchi, Guido's father, was born in Florence in 1851. He was the government astronomer to the State of Victoria from 1900 to 1907. In 1910 the Commonwealth government invited Baracchi and a party of four to the Yass - Canberra area to select a suitable site for an astronomical observatory. Baracchi led expeditions to observe solar eclipses to Bruny Island, Tasmania in 1910 and Tonga in 1911. He died in 1926 and was buried in Melbourne.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence, 1919-1970 Show allonly 1

See also Series 10 for correspondence received in 1991 and 1992.

File 1-5. Correspondence, 1919-1970 Show allonly 1

Includes letters by Ralph Gibson, May Brodney, K.S. Prichard, Nettie and Helen Palmer, Dr Lotte Fink, Miriam Dixon, Eric Aarons, David and Bertha Walker (daughter of Percy Laidler), Neura and Michael Hall, Frederick T. Macartney, President Caballerio, Tom Mann, Chris O'Sullivan, Eric Quirk, Jean Battersby, E.E. Jones, Lord Bruce, Will H. Turner, Professor John Anderson, E.M. Higgins, Maurice Blackburn and Sydney Williams.

Series 2. Communist Party of Australia Show allonly 1

See also Series 12.

File 6. Newsletters, leaflets, reports, letters Show allonly 1

File 7. Expulsion from Communist Party of Australia, 1939-1945 Show allonly 1

File 8. Tribune, (1941, 1945, 1970), Communist Review (1945) Show allonly 1

File 9. J. Normington-Rawling. The Communist Party of Australia, 1930-1945 Show allonly 1

File 10-13. 'History of the C.P.A.' Show allonly 1

Author unknown. Roneoed. 17 chapters.

Series 3. Trotsky and the Fourth International Show allonly 1

See also Series 12.

File 14-15. Leon Trotsky: hail and farewell. Address, 1940 Show allonly 1

Mss and transcript.

File 16. Roneoed articles, copies of The Militant, 1941, 1945 Show allonly 1

File 17. Mss. notes on Trotsky Show allonly 1

File 18. Fourth International publications Show allonly 1

Series 4. Subject files Show allonly 1

See also Series 12.

File 21-22. Australian Labor Party Show allonly 1

File 23. Alsatian Defence Committee. Minute book, 1929 Show allonly 1

File 24. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Show allonly 1

File 25. Conscription, World War I and II Show allonly 1

File 26. Cramp, Vittoria Show allonly 1

File 27. Left Book Club Show allonly 1

File 28. Margaret Throsby and Marc Chambers Show allonly 1

File 29. Revolutionary Socialist Alliance Show allonly 1

File 30. Revolutionary Workers League Show allonly 1

Also material on Left Book Club, Federated Clerks' Union, World Peace Campaign, Victorian Labour League and the Socialist Discussion Group.

File 31. Seamen's Union Show allonly 1

File 32-33. Socialist Scholars Conference, 1970 Show allonly 1

File 34. Vietnam and conscription Show allonly 1

Series 5. Manuscripts Show allonly 1

See also Series 11, 12 and 13.

File 35-36. Analysis of Marx's Capital, by "Radix" Show allonly 1

File 37-38. Interest under capitalism and the Soviet Union (4 copies) Show allonly 1

File 39. Rebel Girl, and other articles Show allonly 1

File 40. Story of a meaningful day [i.e. May Day] Show allonly 1

File 41-42. To take arms Show allonly 1

File 43. Tribute to an editor: H. Alwyn Lee Show allonly 1

File 44. The twenties, and other articles Show allonly 1

File 45-53. Miscellaneous mss. and transcript Show allonly 1

File 54. Poetry: some mss., some printed Show allonly 1

Includes poems by Baracchi, L. Harford, R.H. Long, Irene Price and H. Alwyn Lee.

Series 6. Notebooks Show allonly 1

See also Series 13.

File 55. Spanish language course, Berlitz School Show allonly 1

File 56. Australian history. Books I and II Show allonly 1

File 57. Australian history. Books III and IV Show allonly 1

File 58. Australian history. Books V and VI Show allonly 1

File 59-60. History of philosophy Show allonly 1

File 61-62. Notebook on botany Show allonly 1

File 63-65. Miscellaneous notebooks Show allonly 1

Series 7. Cuttings Show allonly 1

See also Series 14.

File 66-73. Miscellaneous Show allonly 1

File 74. The Proletarian Review Show allonly 1

Vol.1, no.1 June 1940 - vol.1, no.13 June 1941.

File 75. The Week Show allonly 1

Nos. 259-63; 267-8; 270-74; 278; 335-8; 345; 346; 349.

Series 8. Printed material Show allonly 1

See also Series 17.

File 76. Leaflets, broadsides Show allonly 1

Including items by the Kisch Reception Committee, League Against Imperialism, Victorian Council Against War and Fascism, United Peace Council, Australian Coal and Shale Employees Federation, and the Spanish Relief Committee.

File 77-80. Printed and roneoed material Show allonly 1

File 81-84. Miscellaneous printed material Show allonly 1

Series 9. Other material Show allonly 1

See also Series 15 and Series 16.

File 85. Photographs Show allonly 1

File 86. Miscellaneous, including items on Baracchi's father, Pietro Baracchi Show allonly 1

Series 10. Correspondence, 1911-1975 Show allonly 1

The series comprises letters written to Baracchi and drafts of some of his letters. See also Series 1.

File 1-7. Correspondence, 1926-1975 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include E.V. Cramp, Glen Tomasetti, Aileen Palmer, Helen Palmer, Bertram Higgins, Margaret Kidd, Dora Birtles, Margaret Throsby, Paddy Pearl and Betty Roland.

File 8. Correspondence, 1911-1968 Show allonly 1

The correspondents include Pietro Baracchi, Pavey Wilson, Betty Roland and H. Cassels. Letters written by Guido Baracchi are also included.

Series 11. General writings Show allonly 1

Essays and poetry. Titles include: 'The Human Adventure', 'An Essay on Dress', 'Camaraderie', 'Conservation of Energy', 'Wings', 'A Song', 'Surface Rights', 'Luck', 'Battle Ardour', 'An Epitaph', 'A Fable for Sloughmen', 'Invitation', 'The End of Day', 'A Woman's Farewell', 'The Despoiler', 'Two Cities', 'Rose and Christopher', 'Lament', 'Bedrooms', 'S. Coleridge', 'The Astral Flame', 'The Wastrels', 'Roses of a Dream', 'The Net of Memory', and 'Apocalyptic'. See also Series 5.

File 1-9. Handwritten drafts and a few transcripts of poems, verses and some essays by Baracchi Show allonly 1

File 10. General writings Show allonly 1

There are handwritten drafts of poems, verses and essays (see titles list). Some are untitled.

Series 12. Political writings Show allonly 1

See also Series 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 14.

File 1-4. Contains handwritten drafts and typescripts relating to Baracchi's political interests, including material on anti-conscription Show allonly 1

Series 13. Notebooks Show allonly 1

See also Series 6.

File 1. Notebooks containing handwritten drafts of poems, verses and thoughts Show allonly 1

Series 14. Cuttings, 1946-1947 Show allonly 1

Some of the cuttings are political in their nature. See also Series 7.

File 1. Cuttings, 1946-1947 Show allonly 1

Series 15. Photographs Show allonly 1

See also Series 9.

File 1. Miscellaneous undated photographs Show allonly 1

File 2. Photographs Show allonly 1

Subjects include Pietro Baracchi (including trips to Bruni Island in 1910 and Tonga in 1911), Ethel Victoria Cramp (Guido's last wife), Lelia (Guido's first daughter) and other members of the Baracchi family. There is also a small photograph album of a French school.

Series 16. Miscellaneous, 1904-1976 Show allonly 1

See also Series 9.

File 1-7. Miscellaneous documents, 1921-1976 Show allonly 1

Includes transcript of an interview on conscription [n.d.]; typescript entitled 'Reminiscences of Evatt'; an interview with the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission); miscellaneous financial papers, including tax returns; and personal documents, such as a copy of Baracchi's birth certificate.

File 8-9. Miscellaneous documents Show allonly 1

Includes photographs, notes, cuttings and sketches.

File 10. Miscellaneous documents and papers Show allonly 1

Includes Guido's school reports from Church of England Grammar School (1904-6) and University of Melbourne (1906); programs for the Wallaby Club Christmas dinners (1909-12); typescript of letter to editor of Daily Mail (1914, unknown author); divorce papers between Ellis Harvey Davies and Mary Isabel Davies (1934); divorce papers between Harriet Elizabeth Baracchi and Guido Carlo Luigi Baracchi (1938); and floral tributes of Guido Baracchi's death (1975).

File 11. Miscellaneous documents and papers. Show allonly 1

Includes financial statements of G.W. Petty's estate (Guido Baracchi's grandfather) 1943-1945.

File 12. Miscellaneous documents and papers. Show allonly 1

Financial statements of G.W. Petty's estate (Guido Baracchi's grandfather) 1954-1975.

Series 17. Printed material, 1925-1968 Show allonly 1

Miscellaneous journals. See also Series 8.

Container List

Series File/Item Box
1 1-5 1
2 6-13 2
3 14-18 3
4 21-34 4-5
5 35-54 5-8
6 55-65 8-9
7 66-75 9-10
8 76-84 10-11
9 85-86 11-12
10 1-7 13
10 8 18
11 1-9 14
11 10 18
12 1-4 15
13 1 15
14 1 15
15 1 16
15 2 18
16 1-7 16
16 8-12 18
17 17