Guide to the Papers of Henry Reynolds
National Library of Australia
- Henry Reynolds
- Papers of Henry Reynolds
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 9548
- 9.90 metres (66 boxes)
- Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1384533).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Henry Reynolds, National Library of Australia, [class/series/file number]'.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were purchased by the Library from Henry Reynolds in 1999. Further papers were added in 2009.
The Oral History Collection features a recording of a public lecture, entitled 'Aboriginal land rights in colonial Australia', given by Henry Reynolds in the National Library in 1986 (TRC 2108), an interview with Reynolds recorded in 1999 (TRC 3929) and a seminar paper by Reynolds entitled 'Mateship and Aborigines', 1999 (TRC 3932).
The Library also holds the papers of Margaret Reynolds (MS 9579) and an interview with her recorded in 1999 (TRC 3915).
The papers had been kept in a reasonable degree of order by Henry Reynolds. When the papers arrived in the Library, most were in labelled files and the correspondence was arranged in chronological order. The order of the papers within the files, as far as it can be ascertained, has been retained, although the original file covers have been replaced. In general, the arrangement into series has been imposed by the Library.
Collection Retrieval Advice
Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there are multiple Box 1's). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.
Henry Reynolds was born in Hobart in 1938. His father, John Reynolds, was a journalist and the first biographer of Edmund Barton. He attended a school in Hobart, gained a Masters degree from the University of Tasmania and a doctorate from James Cook University. In December 1963 he married Margaret Lyne, who was later to become a Senator for Queensland in Federal Parliament.
Reynolds taught in secondary schools in Australia and England. He joined the staff of Townsville University College (later James Cook University) in 1966. He was Associate Professor of History and Politics at the University from 1982 until his retirement in 1998.
He has written more than ten books, numerous chapters in books, as well as articles, book reviews and conference and seminar papers. His published works include Aborigines and settlers (1972), The other side of the frontier (1981), The law of the land (1987), Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land (1987), Dispossession; Black Australia and white invaders(1989), With the white people (1990), Fate of a free people (1995), Aboriginal sovereignty (1996) and This whispering in our hearts (1998).
Since leaving his university post, Reynolds has continued to write and his latest book is An indelible stain?: the question of genocide in Australia's history (2001).
Honours and awards
1970-71 British Council Travelling Scholarship
1982 Ernest Scott Historical Prize for The other side of the frontier
1986 Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia
1988 Human Rights Commission Award for Literature for The law of the land
1996 Australian Book Council Award: the Banjo Award for non-fiction
Reference: Who's who in Australia 2001, pp. 1488-1489
Correspondence, notes, manuscripts and typescripts, subject files, cuttings of articles by or about Reynolds, reprints and printed material. The bulk of the correspondence deals with conferences and seminars, publications, academic appointments, grant applications, examination of postgraduate students, study leave and book launchings. The notes, drafts and research material relate to Reynolds' books Aborigines and settlers, The other side of the frontier, The law and the land, Frontier: Aborigines, settlers and land, Dispossession: black Australians and white invaders, With the white people, Fate of a free people, Aboriginal sovereignty, This whispering in our hearts, as well as chapters in books, articles, conference papers, lectures and book reviews (40 boxes).
The bulk of the correspondence is of a business nature and deals with conferences and seminars, publications, academic appointments, grant applications, examination of postgraduate students, study leave, book launchings and the like. Some of the letters are more personal, but there is very little family correspondence (except for a few miscellaneous letters). The main correspondents are academics, students, university administrative staff, publishers, Aboriginal activists and people not known to Reynolds but who admired his writings.
The correspondents include Franca Arena, Bain Attwood, Diane Barwick, Kim Beazley, Geoffrey Bolton, P. L Brown, Richard Buchhorn, Bob Collins, Brian Dalton, Helen Daniel, David Day, Brian Dickey, Pat Dodson, Geoffrey Dutton, Ross Fitzgerald, Robin Gollan, Jim Griffin, Tom Griffiths, John Hirst, John Iremonger, Peter Jull, Bruce Kapferer, Marlene Le Brun, Isabel McBryde, Ann McGrath, Stuart Macintyre, Jamie Mackie, Campbell Macknight, Donald Macleod, Humphrey McQueen, Andrew Markus, Stephen Muecke, Craig Munro, Stephen Murray-Smith, Garth Nettheim, Richard Nile, Alison Palmer, Noel Pearson, Peter Quartermain, Peter Read, Lyn Riddett, Lyndall Ryan, Nonie Sharp, Bobbie Sykes, Nicholas Thomas, Luke Trainor, Mark Tredinnick, Judith Wright and A.T. Yarwood. Copies or drafts of some of Reynolds' letters are included
The correspondence was kept in files in chronological order, except for papers in files 71-73b. Wherever possible, the order of the files in this series and the arrangement of papers within them have been maintained by the Library.
This collection of documents looks into the relationship between the Aborigines and the white settlers from the early settlements to the beginning of World War II. The series comprises correspondence with publisher Cassell, notes, manuscript and typescript index.
The other side of the frontier examines the Aboriginal response to the invasion and settlement of Australia between the late eighteenth and the early twentieth century. Reynolds won the Ernest Scott Historical Prize in 1982 for the book.
The series comprises correspondence and reviews, notes, the manuscript and a typescript with some amendments. The correspondents include Geoffrey Bolton, Peter Corris, Bruce Dawe, Humphrey McQueen, Judith Wright, Suzanne Mellor, Stuart Macintyre, Russel Ward, Garth Nettheim, Beverley Kingston, Hugh Trollope, Dianne Barwick, James Griffin, Central Australia Aboriginal Media Association and members of the public.
The law of the land is a study of British attitudes and policies on the ownership of land in the Australian colonies in the early nineteenth century. The series comprises correspondence and reviews, notes, a manuscript and a typescript.
The correspondents include Derek A. Sparrow, Sylvia Monk, J.H. Wootten, Jim Keeffe, Susie Dickson, Jeffrey L. Sher and Philip Segal.
Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land is a sequel to The other side of the frontier. It covers similar terrain but it is concerned with 'the attitudes and the behaviour of the settlers and their reaction to the blacks they were dispossessing'. The series comprises manuscripts and notes.
Dispossession; Black Australians and white invaders contains a collection of documents written by travellers, pioneers, explorers and government officials. The series comprises correspondence and reviews, a manuscript, notes and the final typescript.
Series 7. With the white people: the crucial role of Aborigines in the exploration and development of Australia (1990), 1990-91
With the white people tells the stories of Aborigines who lived and worked with Europeans from the earliest years of white settlement in Australia to the First World War.
The series comprises correspondence, reviews, notes and drafts. The correspondents include Jude Bourguignon (Penguin Books), Ysola Best, C. T Pringle and Madi Maclean.
Fate of a free people is a history of the Tasmanian Aborigines. In the book, Reynolds analyses evidence that a verbal treaty was made between the Tasmanian Aborigines and the British in 1831 to end the war in Van Diemen's Land.
The series comprises correspondence, reviews, notes and a manuscript, typescript and galleys. The correspondents include Penguin Books, Lindsay Broughton, Peter Jull, Geoff Lennox and Paul R. Bartrop.
Aboriginal sovereignty is a study of the relations between indigenous Australians and mainstream society. The series comprises a manuscript, typescript with comments by Marilyn Lake (File 6), correspondence with John Iremonger of Allen and Unwin and reviews.
This whispering in our hearts is a study of a number of European Australians who in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century fought to defend Aboriginal rights and to denounce the ill treatment of the Aborigines.
The series comprises correspondence with the publisher John Iremonger, the manuscript and a typescript.
The series consists of notes, cuttings, research material, manuscripts and typescripts of articles and chapters written by Reynolds.
Reynolds acted as a consultant for a number of documentary and feature films. The series comprises correspondence with the producer and play scripts of documentary and feature films.
The series comprises correspondence, notes, cuttings and drafts on various subjects, particularly Geoffrey Blainey and the immigration debate. Reynolds assembled some of the files in the course of his research, while others (eg. London) related to his visits overseas and other activities (eg. examination of postgraduate students). The arrangement of papers within the files has been maintained by the Library.
The series comprises newspaper articles written by or about Reynolds and his writings and reviews of his books.
Reynolds was often invited to give papers at conferences, seminars, lectures and talks. The series includes correspondence, handwritten manuscripts and typescripts of Reynolds' papers, newspaper cuttings and photographs. The Library has preserved the titles of the files and the arrangement of the papers within them.
The series comprises reprints by Reynolds, journals and miscellaneous notes and cuttings. The reprints include 'The hated stain: the aftermath of transportation in Tasmania' (Historical Studies, vol. 14, no. 53, 1969), 'Aborigines and European social hierarchy' (Aboriginal History, vol. 7, 1983) and 'Before the instant of contact: some evidence from nineteenth-century Queensland' (Aboriginal History, vol. 2, 1978). The journals include copies of Island, no. 49, 1991, Australian Society, 1989 and Historia, vol. XII, no. 149 (n.d) (File 1-3) - Box 40 (MS 9548)
Speeches, notes and correspondence on reconciliation and native title; letters from members of the public on "Why wasn't I told?" and other issues, including one regarding the racial harrassment of King Billy in Queensland; documents relating to nominations to the Australian Academy of Humanities; papers concerning the "History Wars" including notes concerning Keith Windschuttle's rebuttal of Reynolds's view, National Museum of Australia, Pinjarra, Black Arm Band, Tasmania and Genocide, The Historians, Fate of a free people; research material for The other side of the frontier, Frontier, and With the white people, including copies of colonial documents held by various institutions and evidence of preliminary thinking for the books; other correspondence and working files organised by name, topic or date (26 boxes).