Guide to the Letters and photographs of Patrick White

MS 8434

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Letters and photographs of Patrick White
Date Range
1944-1988
Collection Number
MS 8434
Extent
0.1 metres (various)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
NLA

Introduction

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1179894).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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], Letters and photographs of Patrick White, National Library of Australia, MS 8434, [series/file/item number]'.

Provenance

The papers were purchased from Mrs Peggy Garland in April 1992.

The collection comprises letters of Patrick White to his cousins Mrs Peggy Garland (nee Withycombe) and Betty Withycombe, postcards sent by White to Garland and a few photographs.

Biographical Note

Betty and Peggy Withycombe were two of the three daughters of Jack Withycombe (Ruth White's cousin) and his wife Ellen who in the 1920's were living in Southampton in England. After he went to England at the age of 13, Patrick White became very close to the Withycombes, the only artists in his family. David Marr in his book Patrick White: a life, states that Betty Withycombe was the first person, apart from White's mother, Ruth, to encourage him to write.

Peggy Withycombe later married Tom Garland and for health reasons, they lived in New Zealand for a number of years. Patrick White corresponded regularly with both Betty Withycombe and Peggy Garland. In the late 1950s, White quarrelled with Betty and they exchanged very few letters after that. Nevertheless White continued to write to Peggy Garland until shortly before his death.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Letters to Betty Withycombe Show allonly 1

Item. 14 April 1961 Show allonly 1

Item. 25 December 1978 Show allonly 1

Item. 23 August 1977 Show allonly 1

Item. 24 April 1978 Show allonly 1

Item. 10 January 1979 Show allonly 1

Item. 18 March 1984 Show allonly 1

Item. 26 February 1986 Show allonly 1

Item. 29 June 1986 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Postcards and photographs Show allonly 1

File. 16 postcards, some of which were addressed to Peggy Garland Show allonly 1

Series 3. Letters to Peggy Garland Show allonly 1

Item. 18 December 1944 Show allonly 1

Item. 24 October 1948 Show allonly 1

Item. 23 November 1948 Show allonly 1

Item. 11 February 1949 Show allonly 1

Item. 2 May 1949 Show allonly 1

Item. 18 July 1949 Show allonly 1

Item. 14 August 1949 Show allonly 1

Item. 25 January 1950 Show allonly 1

Item. 1 July 1950 Show allonly 1

Item. 13 December 1950 Show allonly 1

Item. 22 February 1951 Show allonly 1

Item. 3 June 1951 Show allonly 1

Item. 15 August 1951 Show allonly 1

Item. 31 October 19515 March 1952 Show allonly 1

Item. 25 June 1952 Show allonly 1

Item. 3 November 1952 (To Tom Garland) Show allonly 1

Item. 2 Decmber 1952 Show allonly 1

Item. 1 May 1953 Show allonly 1

Item. 15 November 1953 Show allonly 1

Item. 15 June 1954 Show allonly 1

Item. 27 November 1954 Show allonly 1

Item. 1 January 1955 Show allonly 1

Item. 12 October 1955 Show allonly 1

Item. 28 December 1955 Show allonly 1

Item. 14 February 1956 Show allonly 1

Item. 10 May 1956 Show allonly 1

Item. 10 September 1956 Show allonly 1

Item. 18 November 1956 Show allonly 1

Item. 28 December 1956 Show allonly 1

Item. 23 January 1957 Show allonly 1

Item. 30 May 1957 Show allonly 1