Guide to the Papers of Keast Burke

MS 9582

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Keast Burke
Date Range
1919-1966
Collection Number
MS 9582
Extent
0.84 metres (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, draft articles and notes, circulars, newspaper clippings, brochures and miscellaneous printed material relating to Keast Burke's career as a photographer and editor. There are also papers relating to The Story of the Camera in Australia.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3035082).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Keast Burke, National Library of Australia, MS 9582, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Library by Keast Burke in several instalments during 1964 and 1968. Further material (Folders 32-38) was received from Mrs Sandra Piggott (daughter) in 2001.

Arrangement

The papers were formerly in MS 1053, MS 2226 and MS 1162. They have been amalgamated into one collection at MS 9582, but the original arrangement within the folders has been retained.

Biographical Note

Eric Keast Burke was born in 1896 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He came to Australia in 1904, attended the Sydney Church of England Grammar School and later graduated with a B.Ec from Sydney University.

Burke served in World War I and wrote the history of his unit With Horse and Morse in Mesopatamia, 1927. With his father he edited Kodak's Australasian Photo-Review, later becoming its full editor and the advertising manager for Kodak. On his retirement he joined Globe Publishing as the first Australian editor of Australian Photography, (1961-69). He is known for his distinguished contributions to the technique and history of Australian photography and his avid interest in the preservation of photographic archives. Keast Burke was Photographic Consultant to the National Library from 1964 until his death in 1974. Burke is also widely known for persuading the Holtermann family to donate their historic photographs to the Mitchell Library. Gold and Silver : an album of Hill End and Gulgong photographs from the Holtermann collection by Keast Burke was published by Heinemann in 1973 and later by Penguin in 1974.

At the time of his death in 1974, Keast Burke was survived by his wife Iris, three sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren.

References: Australian Author, July, 1974

Australian Photography, May, 1974

Australian Photography, February, 1965

Remarkable Occurrences: the National Library of Australia's first 100 years 1901-2001, Chapter 12

Item Descriptions

Class. Original consignment Show allonly 1

File 1-10. Correspondence, 1952-63, concerning photography, mostly written to Keast Burke in his capacity as editor of Australian Photography, Australian Popular Photography and the Photo Publishing Company. Also copies of letters sent by him. The main correspondents are photographic clubs and societies including the Federation of Camera Clubs (NSW) and Kodak Australasia (previously MS 1053) - Box 1, 2 Show allonly 1

File 11-16. Correspondence concerning photography, 1962-66, the main correspondents include Kodak Australasia, Documentary Film Productions and various photographic studios (previously MS 2226) - Box 2, 3 Show allonly 1

File 17-18. Newspaper clippings on photography and Monte Luke, 1919-60s (previously MS 1053) - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 19. Newspaper clippings on photography, 1963-66 (previously MS 2226) - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 20-28. Draft articles, notes, circulars, brochures, exhibition catalogues, entry forms for photographic competitions, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous items, 1960s (previously MS 1053) - Box 4, 5 Show allonly 1

File 29. Draft articles and notes, 1963-65 (previously MS 2226) - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 30. Miscellaneous collection of printed material on photography (previously MS 1053) - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 31. Bound music score (previously MS 1162) - Box 5 Show allonly 1

Class. Consignment added 2001 Show allonly 1

This addition contains letters from Jack Cato to Keast Burke, together with carbon copies of replies. The correspondence documents Cato's research into the history of Australian photography which resulted in the publication of The Story of the Camera in Australia (1955). The letters contain additional information and sources used for his research that were not included in the publication. Although this material has been taken out of binders for preservation reasons, the original sequence has been retained.

File 32-38. Correspondence between Keast Burke and Jack Cato, 1948-55, including correspondence index in folder 1. The correspondence documents Cato's research into the history of Australian photography which resulted in the publication of The Story of the Camera in Australia (1955). The letters contain additional information and sources used for his research that were not included in the publication. Although this material has been taken out of binders for preservation reasons, the original sequence has been retained - Box 6 Show allonly 1