Guide to the Papers of Robyn Archer, 1973-2013

MS 7692

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Robyn Archer, 1973-2013
Date Range
1973-2013
Collection Number
MS 7692
Extent
57.4 metres (155 boxes + 88 cartons + 16 folio boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

MS 7692 comprises draft scripts, notes, business and personal correspondence, fan mail, photographs, theatre programs, posters, music scores and clippings documenting Archer's musical shows, plays, songs and publications. Also included are the papers of Diana Manson, former partner and personal manager of Archer. These papers mostly relate to Archer's career, but also document the activities of Manson's management companies Black and Blue Inc. and Diehard Productions, including contract negotiation and publicity. Papers relating to Manson's professional association with performers Meryl Tankard, Jeannie Lewis, Jane Clifton and Noni Hazelhurst and with Hessian Records, are in this part of the collection. There is also correspondence, subject files, drafts and files relating to the National Festival of Australian Theatre (79 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is partly available for reference and partly closed. Closed folders are indicated as such throughout the guide.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The original consignment was donated under the Cultural Gifts Program by Robyn Archer in four instalments received in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

A gouache portrait of Archer by Joan Herlinger is housed in the Pictorial Collection of the National Library, together with a folder of posters advertising Archer's shows.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7692. Original Instalment, 10 May 1988 (Files 1-191) Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE CONQUEST OF CARMEN MIRANDA Show allonly 1

File 1. Music scores, newspaper cuttings, sketches, 1977 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2. Incomplete draft, some correspondence, 1977 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 3. Drafts and notes - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 4. Notes, newspaper cuttings, synopsis - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 5. Correspondence regarding production of play, 1978-1980 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 6-9. Typescripts, 1977-1979 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 10-13. Typescript and production notes, 1982 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 14. Programs and newspaper cuttings, 1984 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Subseries. KOLD KOMFORT KAFE Show allonly 1

File 15-18. Lyrics, scores and notes for stage performance, 1978 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 19. Lyrics, scores and notes, 1978 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 20. Programs and press reviews of show, April 1978 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Subseries. A STAR IS TORN - theatre productions Show allonly 1

File 21. Australian performance, photocopies of reviews, 1979 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 22. Typescript for Australian tour, 1980 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 23. Photocopies of press reviews and articles of show, 1980-1981 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 24. Working copy, July 1982 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 25-26. Photocopies of press reviews, 1982 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 27. Photocopies of press reviews of London performance, 1982-1983 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Subseries. A STAR IS TORN - book edition Show allonly 1

File 28. Incomplete draft, 1984 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 29-31. Undated typescript - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 32-34. Complete typescript, April 1984 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 35-37. Copy of 3rd draft typescript and two letters, 1985 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 38. Correspondence, notes and bibliographies for book, 1985-1986 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 39-40. Photocopies of photographs proposed for publication in book and some correspondence, including with Virago Press, 1985-1986 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 41-43. Galley proofs, 1986 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 50. Cuttings of book reviews, 1986 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

Subseries. A STAR IS TORN - miscellaneous papers Show allonly 1

File 51-52. Programs, publication, A star is torn record cover, 1980 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

Subseries. TONIGHT: LOLA BLAU Show allonly 1

File 53. English version script, 1974 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 54. Script, lyrics with annotations - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 55. Programs for Adelaide performance, 1979 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 56. Photocopies of reviews, 1979 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

Subseries. SONGS FROM SIDESHOW ALLEY Show allonly 1

File 57. Complete working draft and notes, 1979 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 58-59. Notes and script with annotations and one letter - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 60. Correspondence, maps and plans for Adelaide Festival, 1980 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 61. Photocopies of press reviews and other publicity material, 1980 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

Subseries. IL MAGNIFICO Show allonly 1

File 62. Correspondence, notes and script, 1980-1981 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE PACK OF WOMEN Show allonly 1

File 63-64. Complete typescript, 1981 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 65-66. Photocopies of press reviews, press releases, programs and photographs from the London performance, 1981 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 67. Ouline of ideas for a cabaret, May 1981 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 68. Notes towards a first draft, 1982 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 69-70. Typescript, notes, lyrics, 1983 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 71-72. First draft and complete script for Australian tour, 1983, together with some lyrics, music and notes - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 73. Lyrics - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 74-76. Notes relating to Australian tour, including correspondence and photograps recieved whilst on the road, 1983 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 77-78. Photocopies of press reviews, newspaper cuttings, programs and photographs, 1983 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 78a. Video script, 1983 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 79-82. Drafts, notes and some correspondence relating to publication of book, 1985 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 83. Television script, 2nd rough draft, 1985 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 84-85. Draft, notes, recording schedule for television play - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 86. Newspaper cuttings of book reviews and one record - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THREE LEGENDS OF KRA Show allonly 1

File 87. Typescript, notes and some correspondence, 1983-1985 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 88. Second draft, 1983 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 89. Programs, poster and press clippings of reviews, 1984 - Box 12 Show allonly 1

Subseries. CUT AND THRUST Show allonly 1

File 90. Complete typescript, 1983 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 91-94. Incomplete typescript, notes and lyrics - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 95. Incomplete typescript, notes and lyrics - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 96-99. Typescript, notes, lyrics, scores - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 100. Correspondence, rehearsal schedule and notes - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 101. Incomplete typescript and press cuttings of reviews, September 1983 - Box 13 Show allonly 1

Subseries. WILD GIRL IN THE HEART Show allonly 1

File 102. CLOSED - Box 13 Show allonly 1

Subseries. ROBYN ARCHER SINGS BRECHT Show allonly 1

File 103. CLOSED - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 104. Plan for record of Brecht songs in English, 1982 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 105. Newspaper cuttings of record reviews, 1982 - Box 13 Show allonly 1

Subseries. ROBYN ARCHER SONGBOOK Show allonly 1

File 106-108. Correspondence, lyrics, scores for songbook, together with three copies of the book, 1980 - Box 14 Show allonly 1

Subseries. ELIZABETH (SA) HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT Show allonly 1

File 109. How to write lyrics - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 110-111. Poems and songs from students - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 112-115. Poems and songs from students - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 116. Lyrics, scores, photocopies of photographs, 1977-1978 - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 117. A selection of lyrics written by students at Elizabeth, 1977 - Box 15 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS Show allonly 1

File 118. 'Voyages to the Hemispheres', a play for children by Robin Smith, 1973 - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 119. 'The Magic Mirrorman' - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 120. 'Stairway to the Stars', Robyn Archer's actors notes, 1975-1977 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 121. Floating Theatre Troupe scores, lyrics, notes, 1976-1977 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 122. 'The Dole Show' script, notes, some correspondence, 1978 - Box 16 Show allonly 1

Subseries. ROBYN ARCHER'S ASIAN TOUR Show allonly 1

File 123-125. Itinerary, correspondence, tour programs, music scores, reports - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 126-127. CLOSED - Box 17 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MISCELLANEOUS SCRIPTS AND NOTES Show allonly 1

File 128. CLOSED - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 129. 'Captain Lazar' script, notes, and programs, 1980 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 130-132. CLOSED - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 133. Poor Johanna synopsis, 1981 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 134. 'Strike Bound' correspondence, background material for proposed film production, 1982 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 135-136. Sexuality script and correspondence, 1982 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 137-138. Mrs Bottle's Burp, 1983 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 139. 'Beauty and the Beast' - complete script - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 140-142. 'ABC of Nicaragua', a play about the literacy campaign in Nicaragua, 1986 - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 143-144. 'Brecht and Company,' Hong Kong Festival, 1986 - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 145-146. 'On Parliament Hill', a play in one act, 1987 - Box 18 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MISCELLANEOUS SONGS AND LYRICS Show allonly 1

File 147-149. Miscellaneous songs and lyrics - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 150. Songs and notes - Box 19 Show allonly 1

Subseries. CORRESPONDENCE Show allonly 1

File 151-176. CLOSED - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 177-178. Articles, critics' views, photographs - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 179. Album of programs and magazines with articles about Archer - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Subseries. NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS Show allonly 1

File 180-181. Clippings, 1974-1978 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 182. Clippings of Australian tour, 1985 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 183. Clippings of Youth Festival, 1985 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 184-188. Clippings and photocopies of press reviews - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 189-190. Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings and photocopies of reviews - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 191. Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings and photocopies of reviews; copies of publications - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File Folio 1. Programs and three posters - Folio-Box 1 Show allonly 1

Class MS 7692 (1992 addition). Instalment added 25 March 1992 (Files 1-276) Show allonly 1

Subseries. Papers Show allonly 1

File 1-43. CLOSED - Box 22 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE CONQUEST OF CARMEN MIRANDA, 1977-1984 Show allonly 1

File 44-45. Source material - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 46-47. Draft script, 1977 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 48-49. Annotated script and notes - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 50. Rehearsal script, 1983 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 51. Script, 1984 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 42. Prompt script, 1984 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 53. Script alterations, production notes and State Theatre Company of South Australia rehearsal schedules - Box 24 Show allonly 1

Subseries. SONGS FROM SIDESHOW ALLEY, 1979-1987 Show allonly 1

File 54. Correspondence and contracts - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 55. Draft script extracts - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 56-57. Second working draft, 1979 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 58-60. Draft scripts - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 61-64. Draft scripts - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 65-67. Detailed script for film adaptation - Box 25 Show allonly 1

Subseries. IL MAGNIFICO Show allonly 1

File 77. Research notes and draft script - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 71. First draft, 1980 - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 72-73. First half of first draft - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 74-76. Notes, costume sketches, correspondence and press clippings - Box 26 Show allonly 1

Subseries. A STAR IS TORN - theatre productions, 1980-1983 Show allonly 1

File 77. General notes and production schedule, Seymour Centre; music extracts; lighting design plan, Princess Theatre, Melbourne - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 78. Script notes and research material - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 79. Script and production notes, 1978 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 80-81. Annotated script and production notes - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 82. Norwegian script - Box 27 Show allonly 1

Subseries. A STAR IS TORN - sound recording, 1980-1983 Show allonly 1

File 83-84. Notes, recording schedules, lyrics and correspondence - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 85. Time sheets, costings - Box 28 Show allonly 1

Subseries. A STAR IS TORN - book edition Show allonly 1

File 86-88. First draft, 1984 - Box 28 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE PACK OF WOMEN - theatre production, 1981-1986 Show allonly 1

File 89. UK prompt copy, 1981 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 90. Australian prompt copy, 1983 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 91. Press clippings, reviews - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 92. Slides - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 93. Videorecording of understudies - Box 28 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE PACK OF WOMEN - television production, 1981-1986 Show allonly 1

File 94. Drafts, 1983-1985 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 95. Stage plans - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 96. Graphics - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 97. Fan mail and quiz - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE PACK OF WOMEN - sound recording, 1981-1986 Show allonly 1

File 98. Draft running order and lyrics - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE PACK OF WOMEN - book edition, 1981-1986 Show allonly 1

File 99-101. Galley proofs, Chapters 1-18 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 102. Illustrations - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MRS BOTTLE'S BURP - theatre production, 1982-1990 Show allonly 1

File 103-105. Notes and correspondence, including second draft script and photographs - Box 30 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MRS BOTTLE'S BURP - book edition, 1982-1990 Show allonly 1

File 106-107. Notes and correspondence - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 108. A copy of Mrs Bottle's Absolutely Blurtingly Beautiful World Beating Burp, published by Penguin, Melbourne, 1990 - Box 30 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MRS BOTTLE'S BURP - sound recording, 1982-1990 Show allonly 1

File 109-110. Notes and correspondence - Box 30 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MRS BOTTLE'S BURP - video production, 1982-1990 Show allonly 1

File 111. Notes and filming schedule for 'Eating on the Plane' - Box 31 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE HANGING OF MINNIE THWAITES, 1983 Show allonly 1

File 112. Research material and notes - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 113. Outline and first rough draft, 1983 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 114. Lyrics and related correspondence - Box 31 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE LEGEND OF KRA, 1983 Show allonly 1

File 115. First draft - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 116. Second draft - Box 31 Show allonly 1

Subseries. CUT AND THRUST CABARET, 1983 Show allonly 1

File 117. Script - Box 31 Show allonly 1

Subseries. POOR JOHANNA, 1984-1991 Show allonly 1

File 118. Outline (1984) and first draft (1987) - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 119. Draft script and notes - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 120. Annotated first draft (1987); correspondence with Dale Spender and galleys of Penguin publication Heroines, edited by Spender (1991) - Box 32 Show allonly 1

Subseries. SCANDALS, 1985 Show allonly 1

File 121. Draft playbill - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 122-127. CLOSED - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 128-129. Script notes and research material - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 130. Notes and related correspondence, including production meeting minutes, television production call sheet, annotated script extracts, 1988 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 131. Production and script notes together with 1988 Adelaide Festival brochures - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 132-135. CLOSED - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 136. Photographic proofs and two sound cassettes containing recordings associated with the show - Box 33 Show allonly 1

Subseries. THE COLONY, 1989-1990 Show allonly 1

File 137-138. Notes and correspondence, 1989-1990 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 139. Annotated first draft, together with CLOSED papers - Box 33 Show allonly 1

Subseries. PIERROT LUNAIRE, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 140. Correspondence, playbills and contract - Box 33 Show allonly 1

Subseries. CAFE FLEDERMAUS, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 141-143. CLOSED - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 144. Correspondence and notes - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 145. Correspondence and notes, including draft contract - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 146. Correspondence and notes, including early script notes and commissioning agreements - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 147. First draft and notebook - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 148-149. Second draft - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 150. Publicity material - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 151. Press clippings - Box 34 Show allonly 1

Subseries. STRONG WITH THE WOMEN, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 152-154. Correspondence and notes, together with some photographs - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 155-156. Correspondence and notes, together with some photographs - Box 35 Show allonly 1

Subseries. LE CHAT NOIR, 1991 Show allonly 1

File 157. Notes and correspondence - Box 35 Show allonly 1

Subseries. OTHER PERFORMANCES Show allonly 1

File 158. World Expo 88 performance, 1988 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 159-161. Notes and correspondence relating to XVI Festival Internacional Cervantino, Mexico, 1988 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 162. Notes and papers of the Joint Seminar of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and the Office of the Status of Women, 1991 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 163. Labour Day Picnic, Glenorchy, Tasmania, 1991 - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 164. Speech notes for the Victorian Women's Trust Fund Raising Dinner, November 1991 - Box 36 Show allonly 1

Subseries. MISCELLANEOUS SCRIPTS AND WRITINGS Show allonly 1

File 165. CLOSED - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 166. Photocopied typescript of 'Tonight : Lola Blau' by Georg Kreisler - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 167. 'Such is Life' script by Peter Barclay, Stuart McCreery, Ken Moffat - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 168. Draft copy of 'Paradise Now and Then' by Noel Greig - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 169. 'First Ade' recording - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 170. Miscellaneous papers - Box 36 Show allonly 1

'Steps in the Sand' (1978)

Lyrics of 'Halleluiah I'm a Bum' (1980)

Music and costume notes for Jack Punt

Speech by Archer to the National Press Club, Canberra (1990)

File 171. Writing notes, including 'Pip Pip', 'My Australia', 'Politics of the Musical' and the 'Gentle Art of Paperfolding' - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 172. Miscellaneous notes and research material - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 173. Miscellaneous notes and research material - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 174-175. Press clippings - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 176-276. CLOSED - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File Folio 2. CLOSED - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1

Class MS 7692 (1996 addition). Instalment added 24 April 1996 (Files 1-130) Show allonly 1

Subseries. Papers Show allonly 1

File 1-120. CLOSED - Box 37 Show allonly 1

Subseries. TYPESCRIPT SHOW DRAFTS ON COMPUTER DISK Show allonly 1

File 121-122. Printouts of drafts of 'Cafe Fledermaus' - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 123. CLOSED - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 124-126. Printouts of drafts of 'The Bridge' - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 127. CLOSED - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 128-129. Printouts of drafts of 'Le Chat Noir' - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 130. CLOSED - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File Folio 3. CLOSED - Folio-Box 3 Show allonly 1