Guide to the Papers of Walter Murdoch
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Walter Murdoch
- Papers of Walter Murdoch
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 2987
- 1 metre (8 boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2294062).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Walter Murdoch, National Library of Australia, MS 2987, [series/file/item number]'.
Academic, author and essayist. Born Scotland. Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, 1904-1911. In 1913 he became the first Professor of English at the University of Western Australia, retiring in 1939. Between 1943 and 1947 he was Chancellor of the University. Murdoch was knighted in 1964.
The correspondence comprises some family letters and letters from publishers, academics and writers. The correspondents include Alfred Deakin, Bernard O'Dowd, Mary Gilmore, Ernest Philpot, Sir Ernest Scott, B.H. Liddell Hart, C.E. Sayers, Sydney Jephcott, Rudyard Kipling, Nettie Palmer, G. Bernard Shaw, Kylie Tennant, Lord Bryce, Edmund Gosse, and H.G. Wells.
An index to correspondents represented to the collection is attached (see the 'Related Documentation' tab.
Other papers include notebooks containing verse, notes, clippings, epigrams, etc; some small engagement diaries; typescript drafts of newspaper articles and radio talks, newspaper cuttings of book reviews and Murdoch's articles (including "Of books and men", "It seems to me", "Tours and detours", "Answers", and "After thoughts"); some published radio talks; a manuscript copy of Xanthippe by A. Panzini translated by Murdoch and F. Vanzetti (1931); and a set of Alfred Deakin's speeches to Parliament, 1903-1911.