Guide to the Papers of Hazel Rowley

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MS 9244

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Collection Summary

Creator
Rowley, Hazel
Title
Papers of Hazel Rowley
Date Range
1986-1993
Collection Number
MS 9244
Extent
1.5 metres (10 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

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]'.

Provenance

The collection was purchased by the Library from Hazel Rowley in 1996.

Arrangement

Rowley kept the papers in good order and the Library has retained this arrangement.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Drafts of Christina Stead: a biography

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.

Chapter 1: 'Ocean story: July 1902-August 1917' (File 1) - Box 1

Chapter 2: 'Embarkation for Cythera: September 1917-April 1928' (File 2) - Box 1

Chapter 3: 'Port of Registry: London: May 1928-January 1929' (Revised Oct. 1992) (File 3) - Box 1

Chapter 4: 'La Parisienne: February 1924-June 1931' (File 4) - Box 1

Chapter 5: 'In the phantom buggy: June 1931-July 1935' (File 5) - Box 1

Chapter 6: 'Manhattan peaks: July 1935-April 1936' (Revised version 29 Sept. 92) (File 6) - Box 1

Chapter 7: 'A harmless affair: June 1936-August 1937' (File 7) - Box 1

Chapter 8: 'The battleground of life: September 1937-September 1939' (File 8) - Box 1

Chapter 10: 'The besieged fortress: July 1942-December 1946' (File 9) - Box 1

Chapter 11: 'From one perch to another: January 1947-December 1951' (File 10) - Box 2

Chapter 12: 'Literary hacks: December 1951-December 1959' (File 11) - Box 2

Chapter 13: 'Bill, my true companion: June 1960-February 1968' (File 12) - Box 2

Chapter 14: 'Hundred thousand regrets: February 1968-August 1974' (File 13) - Box 2

Chapter 15: 'Humping her own bluey: August 1974-March 1983' (File 14) - Box 2

Series 2. Correspondence of Hazel Rowley, 1986-93

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.

1986 (File 1) - Box 2

1987 (File 2) - Box 2

1988 (File 3-4) - Box 2

1990-91 (File 5-6) - Box 3

1992 (File 7) - Box 3

'Active correspondence file', 1986-92 (File 8) - Box 3

Correspondence with Edith Anderson, 1988-1991

Series 3. Transcripts and notes of interviews, 1987-91

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.

A-C (File 1) - Box 3

D-H (File 2) - Box 3

J-R (File 3) - Box 3

S-Z (File 4) - Box 3

Series 4. Copies of correspondence of Christina Stead and Bill Blake, 1933-83

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.

1933-34 (File 1) - Box 4

1935-36 (File 2) - Box 4

1937-38 (File 3) - Box 4

1939-41 (File 4) - Box 4

1943-45 (File 5) - Box 4

1946-49 (File 6) - Box 4

1950-52 (File 7) - Box 4

1953-55 (File 8) - Box 4

1956-58 (File 9) - Box 4

1959-61 (File 10) - Box 5

1962-64 (File 11) - Box 5

1965 (File 12-13) - Box 5

1966 (File 14) - Box 5

1967-68 (File 15) - Box 5

1969-70 (File 16) - Box 5

1971-72 (File 17) - Box 5

1973-74 (File 18) - Box 6

1975-76 (File 19) - Box 6

1977-78 (File 20) - Box 6

1979-83 (File 21) - Box 6

Series 5. Other correspondence, 1913-68

Copies of Stead's indexed correspondence with Gwen Walker-Smith, 1913-68 (File 1) - Box 6

Copies of letters and cards from Cyrilly Abels (Stead's New York literary agent) to George Lanning of The Kenyon Review (Gambier, Ohio), 1964-65 (File 2) - Box 6

Series 6. Research material

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.

1902-1917: Bexley years (to age 15) (File 1) - Box 7

Includes copies of Stead's letters, cuttings and notes.

1917-1920: Sydney Girls High School (File 2) - Box 7

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'

1920-March 1928 (age 26): post school years (File 3-4) - Box 7

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)

1928-1929: London (File 5) - Box 7

Copies of Stead's letters to Gwen Walker-Smith

Feb. 1929-Dec. 1932: Paris (File 6) - Box 7

Copies of Stead's letters to aunt Florie and Gwen Walker-Smith

Copies of papers of David Stead, father of Christina Stead (File 7) - Box 7

Rowley's transcripts of letters of David Stead to his family written mostly in France (1914-15) and Malaya (1922-23) (File 8) - Box 7

A little tea, a little chat (1948): cuttings (File 9) - Box 7

Cotter's England (1966) (File 10) - Box 8

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)

Ocean of Story edited by Ron Geering and published posthumously in 1985 (File 11) - Box 8

Published and unpublished fragments of Stead's writing, including 'In Paris, our Bistrot', 'Pilgrimages', 'All Saints day' and 'Some deep spell: a view of Stanley Burnshaw' (File 12) - Box 8

General: Stead on her writing/process of writing (File 13) - Box 8

Includes miscellaneous typescripts

'Wanderer': Christina Stead and theme of Exile (File 14) - Box 8

Photocopy of 'Wanderer' by Christopher Brennan and miscellaneous articles

US leftist friends: 1930s politics (File 15) - Box 8

Notes and photocopies of articles, including biographical entries, of Stead's American friends (eg. Ruth McKenney)

Writings of Bill Blake (File 16-17) - Box 8

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)

W.G.K. Duncan (File 18) - Box 9

Original Rowley correspondence with Duncan, 1987

Ruth McKenney: photocopies (File 19) - Box 9

Ralph Fox: photocopies (File 20) - Box 9

Obituaries, 1979-86 (File 21) - Box 9

Photocopies of obituary articles of Christina Stead and Stephen Murray-Smith, handwritten extract of Stead's will and Rowley's notes

Martin Secker Warburg Ltd, 1967-72 (File 22) - Box 9

Copies of correspondence between Lawrence Pollinger, Maurice Temple Smith and Christina Stead) original papers in the University of Reading)

Copies of National Archives of Australia files on Christina Stead, 1946-76 (File 23) - Box 9

Copies of FBI files on William Blake, 1943-56 (File 24) - Box 9


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