Guide to the Papers of Dan Sprod
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Dan Sprod
- Papers of Dan Sprod
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 8429
- 8.28 metres (39 boxes, 4 folio boxes, 1 file)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Scope and Contents
The collection contains material on the Blubber Head Press and Sprod's career as a librarian (National Library of Australia and Morris Miller Library at the University of Tasmania) and author and editor of numerous books. There are also papers relating to his professional and research interests, including Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and the Taxation for the Arts Scheme.
The papers include correspondence, research material, notes, handwritten drafts, typescripts, financial papers, minutes of meetings and reports.
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2946476).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Dan Sprod, National Library of Australia, [class/series/file number]'.
Dan Sprod presented the bulk of his papers to the National Library in 1990 under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme. Further papers were added in March 1999. Additions were also received in 2007 and 2010.
Dan Sprod was born in South Australia in 1924. He served in the Royal Australian Navy (1942-46), attended Adelaide University and graduated Bachelor of Arts (1948-50), before joining the National Library in 1951. He held a number of senior positions, including Liaison Officer, New York (1957-60), Chief Cataloguer (1964-65) and Principal Librarian, User Services (1966). Upon leaving the National Library, he was appointed University Librarian, Morris Miller Library, University of Tasmania in 1966 and held this position until his resignation on 31 July 1976.
Sprod founded the Blubber Head Press in 1978 and became its manager. He was also the owner of the bookshop Astrolabe Books in Hobart, specialising in antiquarian books relating to Australia.
Dan Sprod has been active on committees in a range of areas associated with his professional and research interests. The many organisations with which he was associated include the Library Association of Australia, the Australian Advisory Council on Bibliographical Services, the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.
This series contains correspondence relating mostly to Sprod's activities, including Keith Sinclair's paper delivered at the First Louis Triebel Memorial Lecture (University of Tasmania July 1986) entitled 'Laplace at Hobart Town and Sydney Town', the Early Imprints project, Chris Long's paper entitled 'The Frith Brothers, Tasmania photographic pioneers' and the Journal of Frederick Walker.
The correspondents include Keith Sinclair, Chris Long, James Bennett Group, Kenneth Hince, State Libraries of New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria, the National Library and booksellers (such as Leo Berkelouw and Margareta Webber).
Other groups of correspondence may be found in Series 2, 5, 8, 9 and 10. Files 28 and 29 contain papers that were donated to the Library in March 1999.
The series includes business correspondence, financial papers, research material, notes, drafts and mock-ups of books. Most of the books were published by Blubber Head Press.
The correspondents include Joanna Richards, Alan Andrews, Vivian Rae-Ellis, C. Craig, E. Bracegirdle, Australia Council, Kenneth Hince, Griffin Press, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and State Library of Tasmania.
Files 60 - 82 contain papers that were donated to the Library in March 1999.
This series includes handwritten drafts, typescripts, printer's proofs and notes relating to Blubber Head Press publications.
This series comprises correspondence, notes, drafts and cuttings relating to various publication proposals and requests from the general public to publish their books. The correspondents include Alan E.J. Andrews, Susan Chamberlain and the general public.
Files 3 - 14 contain papers that were donated to the Library in March 1999.
Sprod has written five books entitled Victorian and Edwardian Hobart from old photographs (Sydney: J. Ferguson, 1977) and Alexander Pearce of Macquarie Harbour (Hobart: Cat & Fiddle, 1977). The series comprises correspondence with the two publishers, proofs and financial papers.
This series includes typescripts, notes and research material relating to Victorian and Edwardian Hobart from old photographs and Alexander Pearce of Macquarie Harbour.
Sprod was the Chairman of the Literature Panel of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (1982-88) and also a member of the Tasmanian Writers Union and the National Book Council. This series includes minutes of meetings and applications for grants.
Sprod was the Chairman and a Council member of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association. The papers in this series include minutes of meetings, committee reports and correspondence relating to three titles published by the Association, namely Governors' ladies (1987), The Journal of Charles O'Hara Booth (1981) and Sam Thomas and his neighbours (1975).
Sprod joined the staff of the National Library in 1951. He held various senior positions, including Liaison Officer, New York (1957-60), Chief Cataloguer (1965-65) and Principal Librarian, User Services (1966). This series includes correspondence, reports and conference papers.
In 1985 Sprod was invited by the Tasmanian Minister of Education, John Beswick, to serve as a member of the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Management Committee.
The series includes correspondence with the Department of Education, agenda and minutes of meetings, and copies of State Library of Tasmania's annual report.
Sprod was appointed University Librarian of the Morris Miller Library at the University of Tasmania in 1966 and held this position until his resignation in 1976. The series contains some copies of his correspondence during this period.
Files 1,2 and 5 contain papers that were donated to the Library in March 1999.
The series contains notes, drafts and correspondence relating to Sprod's activities as publishing consultant.
Sprod was a valuer for the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme (now known as the Cultural Gifts Program). The series comprises papers relating to this activity.
Files 2-8 contain papers that were donated to the Library in March 1999.
The series comprises papers documenting Sprod's other activities, including his involvement with the Australian Book Publishers Association, Federation of Australian Historical Societies and Industries Assistance Commission. The papers include correspondence, cuttings, notes and photographs.
Files 1, 4-6, 8 and 10-11 contain papers that were donated to the Library in March 1999.