Guide to the Papers of Patrick Thomas, 1917-2014

MS 8341

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Patrick Thomas, 1917-2014
Date Range
1917-2014
Collection Number
MS 8341
Extent
3.75 metres (38 boxes, 3 folio boxes, 4 packets, 1 poster tube, 1 folder)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

MS 8341 comprises personal and professional correspondence, original music scores and published musical works, contracts, itineraries, concert programs and posters, newspaper cuttings, reviews, publicity material, an autograph book, newsletters, biographical material and photographs. The collection also includes the typescript of an unpublished biographical work titled 'Behind the scenes: what the audience never knew: a conductor's reminiscences', another unpublished autobiography, 'Maestro down under: fifty years of music', an unpublished article by Thomas titled 'Orchestras in the 21st century', and a copy of his book, A conductor's musings (some thoughts in verse).As well as the Australian Broadcasting Commission and numerous theatrical companies, correspondents in MS 8341 include Aaron Copeland, Colin Brumby, Lyle Cresswell, John Curro, Don Banks, Sir Bernard Heinze, Henry Krips, Charles Lisner, William Lovelock, Ezra Rachlin, John Reid, David Stanhope, Peter Tahourdin and Larry Sitsky (24 boxes, 2 fol. boxes, 1 poster tube).

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2701712).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The Original Consignments were acquired by the Library from Patrick Thomas in instalments received in 1989 (MS 8341, Boxes 1-15), 1992 (MS 8341, Boxes 16-17), 1995 (MS 8341, Boxes 17-20), 1998 (MS 8341, Box 20), 2000 (MS 8341, Boxes 22-23) and 2001 and 2004 (MS 8341, Box 23). Some instalments were acquired under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme and some were donated.

Arrangement

The papers are listed in the order in which they were received, forming a generally chronological arrangement.

Interview with Patrick Thomas by Jennifer Gall, recorded 28 May 1990 as part of the Esso Performing Arts Collection. Held in the Oral History Collection of the Library at ORAL TRC 2586

Item Descriptions

Class MS 8341. Original Consignments Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1944-early 1960s - Box 1 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Scrapbook, 1944-1945 - Box 1 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Three scrapbooks, Brisbane, 1959-1963 - Box 2 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1964-1966 - Box 3 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Scrapbook of Adelaide, 1965-1966 - Box 3 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Correspondence, cuttings and programs, Adelaide, 1965-1968 - Box 4 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1967-1970 - Box 4 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Correspondence, financial papers and reports relating to the Australian Opera Scholarship (1970) and the Churchill Fellowship (1972) - Box 4 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1970-1973 - Box 5 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1973-1974 - Box 6 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1975-1976 - Box 7 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1977-1978 - Box 8 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Cuttings and commemorative material relating to the 30th anniversary of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, 1977 - Box 8 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1978-1980 - Box 9 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Correspondence and cuttings relating to Thomas' MBE, 1978 - Box 9 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1980-1981 - Box 10 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1982 - Box 11 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1983-1984 - Box 12 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1985-1986 - Box 13 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1987-1988 - Box 14 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business and personal correspondence, 1972-1988 - Box 15 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1989-1990 - Box 16 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1991 - Box 17 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business and personal correspondence, 1963-1986 and 1992-1995 - Box 17 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1992-1993 - Box 18 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1994-1995 - Box 19 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Scores and published music (index included) - Box 20 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Autograph book of well known names, 1944-1950s (index of names included) - Box 20 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Newspaper clippings, 1952-1981 - Box 20 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Unpublished autobiography entitled 'Maestro down under' - Box 20 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Overture to conducting, Perth, Keys Press, 1998 - Box 20 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Letter from Aaron Copland, 1959 - Box 21 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Draft of article 'Orchestras in the 21st century'. The article was subsequently published in Musical Performance, Vol. 2, Issue 3, 2000, pp. 121-130 - Box 21 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, cuttings and publicity material, 1996-2000 - Box 21 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, 2000 - Box 22 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Papers relating to the Silver Society of Australia, 1995-1998 - Box 22 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Typescript of an autobiographical work entitled 'Behind the scenes (what the audience never knew): a conductor's reminiscences', September 2000 - Box 22 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Copies of Brisbane State High School Magazine, 1947-1949 - Box 22 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Programs, reviews and publicity material, 1973-1997 (6 folders) - Box 22 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Programs, reviews and publicity material, 1998-2000 (2 folders) - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Program autographed by Hans Schmidt Isserstedt, 1970 - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Copy of a review mentioning Thomas in the New York Saturday Review, 1971 - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Business correspondence, 2001 - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Curriculum vitae, November 2001 - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Programs, reviews and publicity material, 1982-2001 (1 folder) - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Australian Broadcasting Commission Annual Reports (1970-1985), a copy of the Senate Standing Committee on Education and the Arts Report on Employment of Musicians by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (1977) and copies of Fine Music (2001), all of which contain references to Thomas - Box 23 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Correspondence, radio productions and copy for presentation, c2003 - Box 24 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Journals with articles featuring Thomas - Box 24 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Original scores and published music, including the originals of sketches written for Thomas by Dr William Lovelock in 1958 (list of works included) - Folio-Box 1 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Display posters of works conducted throughout the world, 1970s-1990s (detailed list included) - Folio-Box 2 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1

File. Display posters relating to appearances as guest conductor, c1990-2000 - Folio-Box 3 (MS 8341) Show allonly 1