Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth Chipman

MS 9635

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Elizabeth Chipman
Date Range
1956-1998
Collection Number
MS 9635
Extent
2.24 metres (17 boxes + 2 folio boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
NLA

Introduction

Scope and Content

The collection comprises papers relating to Chipman's career with the Australian Antarctic Division and the research for her books Australians in the frozen south (1978) and Women on the ice (1986). They include photographs, transparencies, diaries, edited typescripts of her two books, correspondence, reviews, questionnaires, newspaper cuttings and card index.

Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2195968).

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The collection was purchased by the Library from Elizabeth Chipman in September 1998, with further papers added in 2011.

Arrangement

Chipman had kept much of the papers in labelled files. Some of the press cuttings and photographs have been kept in scrapbooks and albums. The cards index and slides are in boxes. The Library has put the papers into manuscript files, but the original arrangement within each file and Chipman's file titles have been retained. Where there were preservation issues, the photographs were removed from the albums and transferred to files.

Biographical Note

Chipman worked for the Antarctic Division of the Department of Science in Melbourne between 1954 and 1977, where she had a varied career as a typist, information officer and scientific administrator.

She visited Macquarie Island with the Australian Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) during summers of 1966-1967, 1971-1972, and 1975-1976. She was the first woman member of the ANARE Club and one of the first Australian women to set foot on the Antarctic mainland.

She is the author of two books: Australians in the frozen south (1978) and Women on the ice (1986).

Chipman now lives in Melbourne.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 9635. Original Consignment(s) Show allonly 1

Series 1. Diaries and correspondence, 1967-1996 Show allonly 1

The series contains one file of diaries, correspondence and other papers.

Chipman recorded her daily activities while living on Macquarie Island in 1967, 1971-1972 and 1975 in three notebooks, used as diaries. They include references to the people with whom she worked, impressions and descriptions of the places she visited.

The correspondence files relate mostly to Chipman's research and the publication of her books. Copies of some of Chipman's letters are included. Other papers include handwritten drafts, typescripts and notes. The correspondents include Cleo magazine, Thomas Nelson Australia, Heinemann Publishers and Tim Bowden.

File 1. Diaries 1967-1975 (incomplete) Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence and papers relating to 1975 trip Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence, 1978-1996 Show allonly 1
File 4. Correspondence, c. 1980-1984 Show allonly 1
File 5. ERC expeditions correspondence, 1975-1976 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Antarctic Division, 1956-1998 Show allonly 1

The series includes notes, photocopies, copies of the Antarctic Treaty, newsletters and other papers of the Australian Antarctic Foundation, information booklets published by the Antarctic Division of Department of Science and Environment and information on ANAREDEX database.

File 1. Antarctic Division: administration, office personnel, 1965-1975 Show allonly 1
File 2. Antarctic Division: administration, office personnel, 1970-1984 Show allonly 1
File 3. Antarctic Division: living, clothing supplies, food, 1966-1979 Show allonly 1
File 4. Antarctic Division: ships, shipping, passenger lists and cargo, 1956-1976 Show allonly 1
File 5. Antarctic Division: miscellaneous information Show allonly 1

Transport, field work, loading schedule, barge, science news July 1976, media release Dec. 1975, handwritten notes, flora and fauna information, information leaflet no. 8 'Australian Science in Antarctica'

File 6. Antarctic Division: women, 1975-1976 Show allonly 1
File 7. Antarctic Division - Treaty of co-operation, 1972-1977 Show allonly 1
File 8. Geography, climate, stations, 1957-1972 Show allonly 1
File 9. Australian Antarctic Foundation - newsletters, 1992-1993 Show allonly 1
File 10. Papers relating to the ANARE Jubilee celebrations in June and October, 1997 Show allonly 1
File 11. ANARE Club - correspondence and subscription, 1984 Show allonly 1
File 12. ANAREDEX, 1996 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Questionnaires, 1980-1984 Show allonly 1

In researching for her book, Women on the ice, Chipman sent out questionnaires to the women who had worked in the Antarctic. The series contains the completed forms and some correspondence.

File 1-3. Questionnaires, 1980-1984 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Australians in the frozen south (1978), 1976-1985 Show allonly 1

The book was published by published by Thomas Nelson Australia in 1978. The series comprises an author's proof, correspondence (including contract) with Thomas Nelson Australia, reviews and other papers.

File 1-5. Author's proof Show allonly 1
File 6. Correspondence, 1976-1978 Show allonly 1
File 7. Correspondence, 1979-1985 Show allonly 1
File 8. Miscellaneous papers Show allonly 1
File 9. Press clippings of reviews and other papers Show allonly 1
File 10-12. Photographs and other papers Show allonly 1

Series 5. Women on the ice (1986), 1979-1991 Show allonly 1

Chipman received a Special Purpose Grant from Australia Council in 1982 to write Women on the ice, which was published by Melbourne University Press in1986. The book tells the story of the women who went to the Antarctic, set against the historical background of exploration, exploitation and scientific research.

The series comprises correspondence (including copies of Chipman's letters), research notes and typescripts. The correspondents include the New Zealand Antarctic Society, Scott Polar Research Institute (Cambridge), National Science Foundation (Washington), National Institute of Polar Research (Tokyo), British Antarctic Survey, Expéditions Polaires Francaises, Barbara Land, Phillip Law, National Maritime Museum (London), Royal Geographical Society, J.M. Caffin, Instituto de Estudios de Chile (Santiago), Melbourne University Press, Australia Council and Churchill Fellowship (Chipman applied for, but was not awarded, a Fellowship). The Library has kept the arrangement of papers within the files and their titles.

File 1. Correspondence, 1979-1980 Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence, 1981-1982 Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence, 1983 Show allonly 1
File 4. Correspondence, 1984 Show allonly 1
File 5. Correspondence, 1985 Show allonly 1
File 6. Correspondence, January to June 1986 Show allonly 1
File 7. Correspondence, July to December 1986 Show allonly 1
File 8. Correspondence, 1991 Show allonly 1
File 9. Correspondence, 1991 Show allonly 1
File 10. Correspondence with Melbourne University Press and the Australian Society of Authors, 1985-1992 Show allonly 1
File 11. Research and reference Show allonly 1
File 12. Research notes Show allonly 1
File 13. Typescript pages 1-199 Show allonly 1
File 14. Typescript pages 200 to end Show allonly 1
File 15. Master copy pages 1-199 Show allonly 1
File 16. Master copy pages 200 to end Show allonly 1
File 17. Reviews / advertising Show allonly 1
File 18. Summary and list of possible purchasers Show allonly 1
File 19. Rights and notification agencies Show allonly 1
File 20. Australia Council Show allonly 1
File 21. Churchill Fellowship Show allonly 1
File 22. Proof copy Show allonly 1

Series 6. Research material, 1972-1989 Show allonly 1

The series comprises notes, cuttings, a card file and photocopies used by Chipman in writing her books. The card file contains information on the people involved in ANARE. The Library has kept the arrangement of papers within the files and their titles.

File 1-5. Research material on Antarctica and the Arctic Show allonly 1
File 6. Research notes Show allonly 1
File 7-9. Polar and maritime biographies, 1977-1989 Show allonly 1
File 10. Arctic Women - Research, c.1972 Show allonly 1
File 11. Copies of articles Show allonly 1

'Emperors of the Ice' (National Geographic, March 1996) Dispatches from the Arctic Ocean by Will Stager and A Land of Isolation No More Antarctica by Bryan Hodgson.

File 12. Card file Show allonly 1

Series 7. Press Cuttings Show allonly 1

File 1. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1957-1977 Show allonly 1
File 2. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1978 Show allonly 1
File 3. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1979 Show allonly 1
File 4. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1980 Show allonly 1
File 5. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1981 Show allonly 1
File 6. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1982 Show allonly 1
File 7. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1983 Show allonly 1
File 8. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1984 Show allonly 1
File 9. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1985 Show allonly 1
File 10. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1986 Show allonly 1
File 11. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1987 Show allonly 1
File 12-13. Antarctic general: press cuttings, 1988 Show allonly 1
File 14-19. Polar and maritime: general press cuttings, 1989 Show allonly 1
File 20-21. Polarmar press cuttings, 1990 Show allonly 1
File 22. Polarmar press cuttings, 1991 Show allonly 1
File 23. Polarmar press cuttings, 1992 Show allonly 1
File 24. Polarmar press cuttings, 1993 Show allonly 1
File 25. Polarmar press cuttings, 1994 Show allonly 1
File 26. Polarmar press cuttings, 1995 Show allonly 1
File 27-29. Polarmar press cuttings, 1996 Show allonly 1
File 30. Polarmar press cuttings, 1997 Show allonly 1
File 31. Polarmar press cuttings, 1998 Show allonly 1
File 32. Three women in Antarctica press clippings, 1975 Show allonly 1
File 33. First Australian women leaving for Antarctica - Press release and newspaper cuttings, 1976 Show allonly 1
File 34. Antarctic women: polar and maritime press cuttings, 1947-1959 Show allonly 1
File 35. Antarctic women: polar and maritime press cuttings, 1960-1969 Show allonly 1
File 36. Antarctic women: polar and maritime press cuttings, 1970-1974 Show allonly 1
File 37. Antarctic women: polar and maritime press cuttings, 1975-1979 Show allonly 1
File 38. Antarctic women: polar and maritime press cuttings, 1980-1989 Show allonly 1
File 39. Environmental concerns: press cuttings, 1989-1990 Show allonly 1
File 40. Environmental concerns: press cuttings, 1991 Show allonly 1
File 41. Environmental concerns: press cuttings, 1992 Show allonly 1
File 42. Environmental concerns: press cuttings, 1993 Show allonly 1
File 43. Environmental concerns: press cuttings, 1994 Show allonly 1
File 44. Environmental concerns: press cuttings, 1995-1998 Show allonly 1
File 45. Scrapbook of press cuttings relating to Falklands Islands War, 1982 Show allonly 1
File 46. Scrapbook of press cuttings relating to Falklands Islands War, 1982-1985 Show allonly 1
File 47. Scrapbook of press cuttings relating to Falklands Islands War, 1983-1997 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Photographs, 1967-1976 Show allonly 1

Item 1. Photo Album 'Macquarie Island, March 1967...', some negatives and a card file Show allonly 1
Item 2. Slides of Macquarie Island and a card file Show allonly 1
Item 3. Colour transparencies 'Casey and Macquarie Island-summer 1975-1976' and card file Show allonly 1
Item 4. Miscellaneous negatives Show allonly 1

Class MS Acc11.071. Consignment added 2011 Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material re Wilkins' family and background; material covering the years 1904-1913, 1904-1913 - Box 1 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material re Wilkins and the Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-1917 (includes his diaries); Material covering the years 1914-1916, 1914-1916 - Box 2 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1917-1919; material covering the years 1920-1922, 1917-1919 - Box 3 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1923-1925; material covering the year 1926, 1923-1925 - Box 4 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the year 1927; material covering January-June 1928, 1927-1928 - Box 5 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering June-December 1928; material covering January-June 1928, 1928 - Box 6 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering July-December 1929;material covering the year 1930, 1929-1930 - Box 7 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering January-April 1931; material covering May-December 1931, 1931 - Box 8 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1932-1934; material covering the years 1935-1936, 1932-1934 - Box 9 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1937-1938; material covering the years 1939-1940, 1937-1938 - Box 10 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1941-1947; material covering the years 1938-1953, 1941-1947 - Box 11 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains two lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1954-1957; material covering the years 1958-1959, 1954-1957 - Box 12 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Contains three lever arch file folders: material covering the years 1960-1980; material covering the years 1981 onwards; duplicates of personnel records regarding Wilkins' employment with U.S. Government (n.b. Some of these forms appear to be originals), 1960- c. 2010 - Box 13 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Material regarding Wilkins' family and Mt Bryan East district; microfiche listing Ohio State University holdings of Byrd, Ellsworth and Wilkins papers; photocopies, etcetera, of biographies of people connected with Wilkins; photocopies handwritten Wilkins' diary 1921-1922 summer (Quest expedition); photocopies of typed Wilkins' diary Canadian Arctic Expedition; research notes re Canadian Arctic Expedition, Stefansson; research/notes, miscellaneous biographies of Wilkins, interviews; research/notes re Wilkins and WWI, 1921-1922 - Box 14 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Timeline compiled by Elizabeth Chipman, 1904-2010 - Box 15 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Index of people and places compiled by Elizabeth Chipman; drafts of early chapters for a biography of Wilkins by Elizabeth Chipman; Outgoing correspondence 1988-1996 (ERC to various insitutions and individuals re Wilkins), 1988-1996 - Box 16 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Outgoing correspondence 1997-2010 (ERC to various insitutions and individuals re Wilkins); bibliography of material consulted; research/notes Canadian Arctic Expedition; research/notes re Suzanne Bennett Wilkins; research/notes on various subjects, 1997-2010 - Box 17 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Research/notes on various subjects; Incoming correspondence from institutions, individuals - Box 18 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Incoming correspondence from institutions, individuals - Box 19 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Photocopies of letters Wilkins to Suzanne; Advertising brochures, etc. For lectures by Wilkins; original letters, Wilkins to Suzanne, letterheads, membership cards; Book: Under the North Pole signed by Hubert Wilkins - Box 20 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

File. Pages from New York newspaper; poster advertising Wilkins lecture - Box 21 (MS Acc11.071) Show allonly 1

Container List

Box Series File/Piece
MS 9635, Box 1 1 1-5
MS 9635, Box 1 2 1-3
MS 9635, Box 2 2 4-12
MS 9635, Box 3 3 1-3
MS 9635, Box 4 4 1-9
MS 9635, Box 5 5 1-7
MS 9635, Box 6 5 8-14
MS 9635, Box 7 5 15-21
MS 9635, Box 7 6 1
MS 9635, Box 8 6 2-10
MS 9635, Box 9 7 1-9
MS 9635, Box 10 7 10-17
MS 9635, Box 11 7 18-24
MS 9635, Box 12 7 25-31
MS 9635, Box 13 7 32-39
MS 9635, Box 14 7 40-47
MS 9635, Box 15 8 1-2
MS 9635, Box 16 8 3-4
MS 9635, Box 17 6 12
MS 9635, Folio Run 4 Folios 10-12
MS 9635, Folio Run 5 Folio 22
MS 9635, Folio Run 6 Folio 11