Guide to the Papers of Hazel Rowley
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Rowley, Hazel
- Papers of Hazel Rowley
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 9244
- 1.5 metres (10 boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Scope and Contents
It comprises papers pertaining to Rowley's biography of Christina Stead (published in 1993), including correspondence (photocopies and original), research files, transcripts and notes of interviews, manuscripts and other papers.
The major correspondents are Edith Anderson, Leda and Stanley Burnshaw, Gwen Walker-Smith, Florence James, Jessie and Ettore Rella, Ruth Hall, David Stead, Ron Geering, Clifton Fadiman, Kate Llewellyn, Mary Bransten, Nadine Mendelson, Elizabeth Harrower, Gai Steel, Michael Bott, Margaret Harris, Michael Gold, Anne and Harry Bloom, Gilbert Stead, Fred Warburg, Oliver Stallybrass, Leah and Philip Harvey and Aida Kotlarsky.
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-vn2817405).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Hazel Rowley, National Library of Australia, MS 9244, [series and/or file number]'.
The collection was purchased by the Library from Hazel Rowley in 1996.
Rowley kept the papers in good order and the Library has retained this arrangement.
The series contains Rowley's corrected typescripts of chapters 1-8 and 10-15 of the book. The papers have been kept in files, according to the various stages of Stead's life and this arrangement has been preserved by the Library.
The series comprises correspondence between Rowley and friends of Christina Stead, mostly seeking interviews or the location of other friends. The letters have been arranged in chronological order.
The main correspondents are Edith Anderson, Stanley Burnshaw, Gwen Walker-Smith, Florence James, Jessie Rella, Ruth Hall, David Stead, Ron Geering, Clifton Fadiman, Kate Llewellyn, Mary Bransten, Nadine Mendelson, Elizabeth Harrower, Gai Steel, Michael Bott and Margaret Harris.
In her research for the biography, Rowley interviewed some members of the Stead Family and many of her friends. The files have been arranged in alphabetical order. They comprise Rowley's notes and transcripts of the interviews and some correspondence with the interviewees and those not interviewed.
Some of the interviewees are Bill Ash, Stanley Burnshaw, Clem and Nina Christesen, H.C. Coombs, Dorothy Green, Ruth Hall, Elizabeth Harrower, Florence James, Ettore and Jessie Rella, Gunnwor Stallybrass, David Stead, Kate Stead, Kelvin Stead, Heather Stewart, Gwen Walker-Smith and Asa Zats.
The correspondents are Edith Anderson, Stanley Burnshaw, Clifton Fadiman, Elizabeth Harrower and Shirley Hazzard.
The files were arranged by year. They contain photocopies of Stead and Blake correspondence with their friends, cuttings, notes made by Rowley of letters examined but not copied and other papers. The originals are in private ownership and archival repositories in Britain, America and Australia, including the National Library.
The major correspondents include Florence James, Michael Gold, Gwen Walker-Smith, Edith Anderson, Jessie and Ettore Rella, Anne and Harry Bloom, Leda and Stanley Burnshaw, Gilbert Stead, Fred Warburg, Oliver Stallybrass, Leah and Philip Harvey, Elizabeth Harrower and Aida Kotlarsky.
The files in this series have been arranged into periods of Stead life between 1902 and 1932 (files 1-6) and according to subject headings (files 7-24).
The papers include copies of Stead's letters, notes, copies of articles, cuttings and reviews.
Includes copies of Stead's letters, cuttings and notes.
Includes Rowley's notes, a copy of the Sydney Girls High School Chronicle (Sept. 1919, edited by Stead) and a typescript by David Stead entitled 'In old Penang or George Town on the fringe of Malaya'
File contains copies of papers from Stead's years at the Sydney Teachers' College, including copies of The Kookaburra (1921-22, college journal edited by Stead) and Rowley's transcript of part of an interview with Thistle Harris (15 Jan. 1987)
Copies of Stead's letters to aunt Florie and Gwen Walker-Smith
The book, written in Holland and England in 1953, was published in the United States as Dark places of the heart in 1975. The papers include copies of reviews (eg. Southerly, no 4, 1978 by Ron Geering, New York Times, 1975 and New Yorker, 1983)
Includes miscellaneous typescripts
Photocopy of 'Wanderer' by Christopher Brennan and miscellaneous articles
Notes and photocopies of articles, including biographical entries, of Stead's American friends (eg. Ruth McKenney)
Photocopies of Blake's writings, such as 'The future of Russia' (in Monthly Review, March 1964) and 'The real West Germany' (in Monthly Review, Sept. 1963)
Photocopies of obituary articles of Christina Stead and Stephen Murray-Smith, handwritten extract of Stead's will and Rowley's notes
Copies of correspondence between Lawrence Pollinger, Maurice Temple Smith and Christina Stead) original papers in the University of Reading)