Guide to the Papers of Peter O'Shaughnessy

MS 2272

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Creator



Title
Papers of Peter O'Shaughnessy
Date Range
1812-c. 2011
Collection Number
MS 2272
Extent
12.18 metres (30 boxes) + 20 cartons + 1 A3 carton + 3 fol. boxes + 1 folder.
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, diaries, notebooks, literary drafts and notes, research material, newspaper clippings, sound recordings and photographs.

The correspondence documents O'Shaughnessy's associations with numerous theatrical and literary figures. The major correspondents include Phillip Adams, Samuel Beckett, Margaret Beveridge, Dorothy Bradley (Collopy), Sylvia Buzzard (Lock), Louis Cullen, Germaine Greer, Barry Humphries, Claude Marks, Barry Oakley, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Desmond O'Shaughnessy, Nora O'Shaughnessy, Wynn Roberts and Ian Rose. The Humphries letters form a significant part of the collection, and reveal the influence that O'Shaughnessy had on Humphries' early career.

The literary drafts represent a small proportion of O'Shaughnessy's theatrical works and writings. There is draft material for various plays, musicals, novels, memoirs, lectures and other writings, including works that have not yet been published or produced. The bulk of the draft and research material relates to Joseph Holt, a United Irish military leader involved in the 1798 rebellion in County Wicklow (Ireland).

The collection includes little original material relating to O'Shaughnessy's 1967 libel suit against Mirror Newspapers, although O'Shaughnessy gives an account of the matter in his unpublished memoirs, 'How I beat Rupert Murdoch, and how I brought down the Whitlam Government, with some other yarns'.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2788067).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Drafts of The restless years (1968) were donated to the National Library in 1969. Extracts from a transcript of a 1986 interview with O'Shaughnessy were added to the collection in 1986. The bulk of the collection was purchased from O'Shaughnessy in five instalments between November 2000 and May 2001, with a further donation of material in June 2001.

Arrangement

The papers were received from O'Shaughnessy in relatively good order. Wherever possible, the Library has tried to retain this arrangement.

The Ian Rose Papers (MS 2767) include letters of O'Shaughnessy and a draft mock-up by David Boyd for the cover of A rum story (1988). There are also programs and other ephemera relating to O'Shaughnessy in the Library's Australian Performing Arts (PROMPT) Collection. A recording of a 1986 interview with O'Shaughnessy by Bob Brissenden is held in the Library's Oral History Collection (ORAL TRC 1979).

Further recordings of performances and readings by O'Shaughnessy are held by ScreenSound Australia (Canberra), and costume and set designs for various productions by O'Shaughnessy are held by the Museum for Performing Arts (Melbourne).

Biographical / Historical

As an actor, director and producer for the stage, Peter O'Shaughnessy presented the work of playwrights ranging from Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov to modern dramatists, such as Ionesco, Pinter and Samuel Beckett. He was a pioneer in the production of the plays of Beckett, and directed the Irish premieres of Not I and Footfalls (1978), Rockaby and Theatre I (1984); the Australian premieres of Waiting for Godot (1957) and Krapp's last tape (1959); and the English and world premieres of Theatre I and Theatre II, at Cambridge (1977). As a writer, editor and lecturer, he promoted early Australian history and folklore. In January 2013 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the performing arts. Resident in Britain since the 1970s, O'Shaughnessy died at Winchester in July 2013.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 2272. Original Consignment

The literary drafts in MS 2272 represent a small proportion of O'Shaughnessy's theatrical works and other writings, which range from classical works to Australian and Irish history and folklore. There is draft material for various plays, musicals, novels, memoirs, lectures and other writings, including works that have not yet been published or produced. The bulk of the draft material relates to Joseph Holt, a United Irish military leader involved in the 1798 rebellion in County Wicklow, Ireland (17 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).

Series 1. Correspondence, 1941-2001

This series features letters to and from O'Shaughnessy regarding literary and theatrical projects family matters travel arrangements and other aspects of his life and work. O'Shaughnessy's letters provide a picture of the routine of his life as a director writer and actor. They include comments on family friends colleagues and contemporary Australian public figures. There is minimal editorial correspondence apart from notes by Louis Cullen regarding a File on Joseph Holt and comments by Phillip Adams on various writings.

The major correspondents include Phillip Adams Samuel Beckett Margaret Beveridge Dorothy Bradley (Collopy) Sylvia Buzzard (Lock) Louis Cullen Germaine Greer Claude Marks Brian O'Shaughnessy Desmond O'Shaughnessy Nora O'Shaughnessy Wynn Roberts and Ian Rose.

The letters of Samuel Beckett were previously held by Reading University 1995-2001 and are annotated with their accession number of MS 4294 which has been crossed out. O'Shaughnessy directed the world premieres of Beckett's plays Theatre I and Theatre 11 at Cambridge (England) in 1976 and the letters concern further productions of works by Beckett at the Triskel Theatre in Cork.

The Library has identified and maintained two sequences of correspondence. Most of the letters were roughly arranged according to the correspondent and these have been sorted in an alphabetical sequence by the correspondent's surname. There were also several bundles of miscellaneous correspondence which have been grouped together. Correspondence with Barry Humphries is located in Series 5.

Subseries 1.1. Alphabetical files, 1943-2001
File 1. Phillip Adams, 1995-2000 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 2. Samuel Beckett (4 letters), 1965-1984 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 3. Margaret Beveridge, 1951-1954 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 4. Nita Bluthal, 1943-1945 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 5. Dorothy Bradley (Collopy), 1959-1999 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 6. The British Council 1981-1986 together with papers regarding tours through Eastern Europe 1982-1987. - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 7. Sylvia Buzzard (Lock), 1947-1995 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 8. Mary Rillys Clark, 1995-2000 - Box 1 (MS 2272)
File 9. Ruth Clunn, 1968-1970 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 10. Nicky Coles, 1979-2000 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 11. Louis Cullen, 1995-1998 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 12. Barry Donnelly, 1995-2000 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 13. Warren Fahey, 1997-1999 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 14. May Fitzgerald 1960-1962; Eilis Geary 1977; Germaine Greer (3 letters) 1998-1999. - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 15. Fiona Gunn, 1981 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 16. Claude Marks, 1984-1986 - Box 2 (MS 2272)
File 17. Tina Micalthwaite (Date), c. 1960-1961 - Box 3 (MS 2272)
File 18. Nuala O'Farrell, 1977-1988 - Box 3 (MS 2272)
File 19. Brian O'Shaughnessy, 1958-1961 - Box 3 (MS 2272)
File 20. Brian O'Shaughnessy and others 1985-1997; Sally O'Shaughnessy 1979. - Box 3 (MS 2272)
File 21. Desmond O'Shaughnessy 1956-1999; Maureen O'Shaughnessy c. 1996-2000. - Box 3 (MS 2272)
File 22-25. 'Letters from my mother' (Nora O'Shaughnessy), 1952-1953, 1960-1963 - Box 34 (MS 2272)
File 26. Shirley O'Shaughnessy, 1953, 1983-1984 - Box 4 (MS 2272)
File 27. Eileen Pollock, 1997-1999 - Box 4 (MS 2272)
File 28. Wynn Roberts, 1949-1953 - Box 4 (MS 2272)
File 29. Ian Rose 1979-1983; Madeleine Armstrong 2001. - Box 4 (MS 2272)
File 30. Nan Smith, 1962-1963 - Box 4 (MS 2272)
File 31. John Timlin (Almost Managing Company) and others, 1995-1996 - Box 4 (MS 2272)
Subseries 1.2. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1941-2000
File 1-2. Letters of O'Shaughnessy and other papers, 1961-2000 - Box 45 (MS 2272)
File 3. Letters of O'Shaughnessy to Sylvia Buzzard (Lock) 1943-1953 together with typescript carbon copy drafts of poems - Box 5 (MS 2272)
File 4. Miscellaneous letters 1941-1949 including letters of Phil Carne and Shirley O'Shaughnessy - Box 5 (MS 2272)
File 5. Miscellaneous letters 1951-1963 including letters of Val Marriott Tom Sanders Allen Siva and Dame Sybil Thorndike - Box 5 (MS 2272)
File 6. Miscellaneous letters 1972-2000 including letters of Manning Clark Mary Gaudron Thomas Keneally Micheál Mac Liammóir Brenda Niall Des O'Fennessy and Morris West - Box 5 (MS 2272)

Series 2. Diaries, 1948-1979

O'Shaughnessy's diaries contain often sparse and sporadic entries of notes and arrangements for performances travel appointments and other general matters. They relate to his activities both in Australia and England.

Item 1. 1948 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 2. 1949 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 3. 1956 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 4. 1957 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 5-6. 1959 (2) - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 7. 1960 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 8. 1961 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 9. 1964 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 10. 1965 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 11. 1970 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 12. 1972 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 13. 1973 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 14. 1975 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 15. 1976 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 16. 1977 - Box 6 (MS 2272)
Item 17. 1979 - Box 6 (MS 2272)

Series 3. Notebooks

The notebooks in this series contain notes and drafts of short stories poems reminiscences and other writings by O'Shaughnessy. There are notebooks titled 'Sheela-na-gig' 'Denis O'Shaughnessy's going to Maynooth' 'Two young lovers' 'Cora dialogues' 'Blood brothers' 'Totem' 'The lady with the toy dog' 'Mac Con Glin' (2) 'Castello Oz' (2) 'The young Irelanders' (4) and 'Joseph Holt' (6). Many notebooks are untitled and relate to a variety of projects.

File 1-56. Notebooks

Series 4. Literary drafts

O'Shaughnessy's writings range from classical works to Australian and Irish history and folklore. His theatrical productions include original Files as well as adaptations of works by such writers as Samuel Beckett Geoffrey Chaucer Nikolai Gogol Eugene Ionesco William Shakespeare and August Strindberg.

This series includes draft material relating to various plays musicals novels memoirs lectures articles and other writings including works that have not yet been published or produced. Much of the material comprises single photocopied drafts with few annotations.

The bulk of the draft and research material relates to Joseph Holt a United Irish military leader involved in the 1798 rebellion in County Wicklow (Ireland). Featured among the other writings are drafts and notes for Rock 'n reel revue a 'controversial' representation of the reality of Australian life. This production had its origins in O'Shaughnessy's pioneering lunchtime theatre productions in Melbourne in the 1950s. There are also autobiographical writings that relate to various aspects of O'Shaughnessy's life and career including his family his work with Barry Humphries the 1967 libel suit involving Katharine Brisbane and Mirror Newspapers and a proposed libel suit in 1996 involving Barry Oakley and Mirror Newspapers.

Further draft material may be found in the notebooks in Series 3. Related reviews sound recordings and photographs may be found in Series 8-10.

Subseries 4.1. Writings relating to Joseph Holt
File 1-6. Research material - Box 8 (MS 2272)

Including a photocopy of the original Holt journal (incomplete); annotated photocopy transcript of 'Politics and rebellion: County Wicklow in the 1790s' by Luke Cullen; photocopy of 'General Joseph Holt and the rebellion of 1798 in County Wicklow' and 'Roundwood in 1798' by Ruan O'Donnell

File 7-8. Draft and research material: including extracts from newspapers - Box 9 (MS 2272)
File 9. 'The life and adventures of Joseph Holt': annotated typescript draft - Box 9 (MS 2272)
File 10. Text and section prefaces: annotated typescript photocopy draft - Box 9 (MS 2272)
File 11-12. Text section prefaces and notes: annotated typescript photocopy draft - Box 9 (MS 2272)
File 13. Typescript draft - Box 9 (MS 2272)
File 14. Photographs (3) of prints: 'Cove Harbour'; 'Castle of Dublin'; 'Pigeon House' - Box 10 (MS 2272)
File 15. Photocopied maps and related notes - Box 10 (MS 2272)
File 16-17. Typescript annotated typescript and typescript photocopy drafts of various writings regarding Holt primarily by O'Shaughnessy - Box 10 (MS 2272)
File 18. Roundwood and District History and Folklore Journal no. 6 1994 edited by O'Shaughnessy - Box 10 (MS 2272)
File 19-20. 'The devil's general': annotated typescript photocopy drafts (3); typescript and typescript photocopy drafts (2); reader's report by Martin Williams - Box 10 (MS 2272)
File 21. 'The devil's cure': typescript and typescript photocopy drafts (4) - Box 10 (MS 2272)
File 22. 'The fanatic heart: Irish rebels in Colonial Australia: the reluctant rebel Joseph Holt': typescript draft - Box 10 (MS 2272)
Subseries 4.2. Other writings
File 1. 'Miss Julie' (also 'Lady Mary and the Irish conquest'): typescript photocopy draft - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 2. 'Two on a merry-go-round': annotated typescript carbon copy - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 3. 'Rock 'n reel revue': manuscript typescript and annotated typescript draft fragments - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 4. 'Rock 'n reel revue': typescript photocopy draft fragments; miscellaneous photocopied material relating to Barry Humphries c. 1950s; photocopied letter of Meg Labrum 2000 - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 5. 'The bunyip and the satellite': typescript photocopy draft - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 6. 'Mumba Jumba and the bunyip': annotated typescript draft; 'The bunyip' and 'It's beaut to be the bunyip: how the bunyip found himself': typescript photocopy drafts; 'Djinboon and the bunyip: a bush musical': typescript notes - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 7. 'The demon lover' (also 'Demons and lovers'): typescript draft - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 8. 'Off to the diggins': typescript photocopy draft - Box 11 (MS 2272)
File 9-11. 'The restless years': annotated typescript draft and notes - Box 12 (MS 2272)
File 12-13. 'The lady with the toy dog': typescript and typescript photocopy drafts - Box 12 (MS 2272)
File 14. 'The game cock (Le dindon)': typescript photocopy draft - Box 12 (MS 2272)
File 15-16. 'Let's get a divorce (Divorcons)': typescript draft; 'Divorce? Ooh! La la!': typescript photocopy drafts - Box 1213 (MS 2272)
File 17. 'The dance of death': typescript draft; photocopied newspaper clippings of reviews - Box 13 (MS 2272)
File 18. 'Dark roisin': typescript photocopy draft; 'The Pope's balls' (featuring 'Dark roisin' and 'According to Saint Paul'): typescript photocopy draft - Box 13 (MS 2272)
File 19-20. 'Con's fabulous journey to the land of Gobel O'Glug or The fabulous journey of Mac Con Glin': typescript and typescript photocopy drafts (2) - Box 13 (MS 2272)
File 21-22. The fabulous journey of Mac Con Glin Sabrainne 1985; Con's fabulous journey to the Land of Gobel O'Glug The Children's Press 1992 - Box 13 (MS 2272)
File 23. 'Castello Oz' (also 'The curse of Santa Scorpio'): annotated typescript drafts and notes - Box 13 (MS 2272)
File 24. 'How I beat Rupert Murdoch and how I brought down the Whitlam Government with some other yarns': typescript and typescript photocopy draft - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 25. 'Little Dinny in Berlin': typescript photocopy draft; 'The darlings': manuscript notes - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 26. 'Jane' (also 'Jane: Queen of Quoin'): annotated typescript photocopy draft - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 27. 'Seven young Irelanders in Van Diemen's Land': typescript photocopy draft; 'Ned Kelly in Ireland': typescript photocopy notes - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 28. 'Denis O'Shaughnessy's going to Maynooth' (also 'O'Shaughnessy's boy' 'Godsway' and 'Dinny O'Shaughnessy's cock-eyed colt'): typescript and typescript photocopy drafts - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 29. 'Kitty O'Mara' (also 'O'Shaughnessy's boy' and 'Godsway'): annotated typescript photocopy draft and notes; 'Sheela-na-gig or The tongues of angels' (also 'That O'Mara woman'): typescript draft - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 30. 'Blow ins and blowouts: the Hag of Beare meets Fionnoula': annotated typescript photocopy draft; 'Fionnoula's swan song': typescript draft - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 31. 'Finn Barre: the flaming crest' 'Fionn Barre: the lad with the golden hair' and 'The song of Finbarre': typescript photocopy drafts - Box 14 (MS 2272)
File 32. 'Imtheacht na tromdhaimhe' and 'Imtheachta na noinmhideadh': typescript photocopy drafts - Box 15 (MS 2272)
File 33. 'The asses' tale': annotated typescript drafts and annotated typescript photocopy draft; 'Anno Domini 2000: donkey's years or An ass remembers': typescript photocopy drafts - Box 15 (MS 2272)
File 34. 'Tina Michalthwaite (nee Date)' 'Hey diddle dee dee!' 'JB' and 'Finnegans wake and The Deadman's Inn: James Joyce's fabulous cycle': typescript photocopy drafts and notes; letter of Phillip Adams 2001 - Box 15 (MS 2272)
File 35. Miscellaneous typescript and annotated typescript drafts and draft fragments of plays - Box 15 (MS 2272)
File 36. Miscellaneous drafts of poetry and prose; newspaper clippings; letter of Wilbur Sanders 16 July 1979; other papers - Box 15 (MS 2272)
File 37. Miscellaneous typescript annotated typescript and typescript photocopy drafts of lectures - Box 15 (MS 2272)

Including 'King Lear' 'Hamlet' 'Play scenes in Hamlet' 'Macbeth' 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'An inspired doodle: a lecture on Waiting for Godot'

Series 5. Papers relating to Barry Humphries, c. 1956-2000

O'Shaughnessy and Humphries began corresponding in 1956 when O'Shaughnessy was working with the Independent Theatre and Humphries with the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney. In 1958 they collaborated on Rock 'n reel revue a 'controversial revue reflecting some of the reality of Australian life'. Humphries' characters of Edna Everage and Sandy Stone originated from this production. O'Shaughnessy and Humphries also wrote and presented the children's musicals The bunyip and the satellite and Mumba Jumba and the bunyip.

This series features 34 original letters and postcards from Humphries to O'Shaughnessy together with writings by O'Shaughnessy regarding Humphries draft fragments of writings by Humphries photographs and other papers. The letters mostly date from Humphries' move to England 1959-1960 although there are also items from Sydney Melbourne Greece Italy New Zealand and New York. Humphries discusses such topics as the Phillip Street Theatre Sydney social life his early days in London and his work on Oliver in New York.

File 1. Letters of Humphries c. 1956-1963 together with letters of Rosalind Hollinrake 1960 and 1995-1998 and a letter of O'Shaughnessy 1996 - Box 16 (MS 2272)
File 2. Papers regarding Humphries, 1958-2000 - Box 16 (MS 2272)

Including O'Shaughnessy's 'Portrait of Barry Humphries as the young Tid' typescript and 'Full of quiet harm: More please by Barry Humphries' typescript photocopy; photocopied fragments from letters of Humphries (3); manuscript typescript and typescript carbon copy notes and draft fragments of writings by Humphries including lyrics of songs for Mumba Jumba and the bunyip; photographs (8) of Humphries on stage; newspaper clippings

File 3. Music scores - Box 16 (MS 2272)

Including manuscript and typescript fragments of scores for 'Flamin' beaut' 'Surfer's Paradise blues' 'Sandy Stone' and 'Rock 'n reel revue' together with two printed scores Lovely hula hands and The last time I saw Paris

Series 6. Legal papers, 1979-2001

In 1967 O'Shaughnessy produced and performed in Othello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Katharine Brisbane reviewed the production for The Australian newspaper and O'Shaughnessy subsequently sued Mirror Newspapers for defamation. Although the suit was initially unsuccessful a retrial was ordered by the High Court in 1970 and the matter was eventually settled out of court. This series includes several pages of summary notes concerning the case. O'Shaughnessy discusses the matter further in his unpublished memoirs 'How I beat Rupert Murdoch and how I brought down the Whitlam Government with some other yarns' a draft of which may be found in Series 4.

O'Shaughnessy considered a second libel suit against Mirror Newspapers in 1996 following an article by Barry Oakley in The Australian Magazine. O'Shaughnessy had sent a draft of his memoirs to Oakley for advice regarding potential publication. There is correspondence with Des Fennessy Brian Gallagher Stuart Littlemore and Barry Oakley regarding the matter.

The series also features correspondence statements transcript summaries and notes relating to other legal matters such as traffic offences divorce and dealings with the British Department of Social Services.

File 1. Correspondence and other papers regarding a proposed libel suit against Mirror Newspapers 1996 together with undated typescript carbon copy notes regarding the 1967 suit against Mirror Newspapers - Box 16 (MS 2272)
File 2-5. Papers re various legal matters, 1979-2001 - Box 16 (MS 2272)

Series 7. Miscellaneous papers, 1812-1992

This small series includes letters envelopes biographical material receipts drawings posters and printed material. The biographical material features notes by O'Shaughnessy regarding his life and career together with extracts from a transcript of a 1979 interview with O'Shaughnessy by Bob Brissenden.

File 1. Miscellaneous papers 1934-1992 including receipts envelopes and ephemera - Box 17 (MS 2272)
File 2. Miscellaneous biographical material - Box 17 (MS 2272)
File 3. Photocopied extracts of interview transcripts - Box 17 (MS 2272)

Including 'J.B. Beresford and the Melbourne Art Theatre Players' (ORAL TRC 1979) and 'Peter O'Shaughnessy and Barry Humphries: some fruitful collaborations' (ORAL TRC 1979) together with biographical notes c. 1981

File 4. Photocopied letters from Michael Collins to Minnie Daly (O'Shaughnessy's grandmother), 1875-1884 - Box 17 (MS 2272)
File 5-6. John Poole's Hamlet travestie (1812) and Verdi's grand opera of Ernani as given by Lyster's Grand Opera Company (1863) - Box 17 (MS 2272), folio 1 (MS 2272)
File 7-8. Pencil sketches (3) - folio 1 (MS 2272)

Including a sketch of O'Shaughnessy by Fiona Gunn 1981 a drawing by Brin Edwards and a drawing attributed to Tess Perceval

File 9. Posters (3) - folio 1 (MS 2272)

Series 8. Newspaper clippings, 1954-2000

This series features clippings of articles and reviews primarily concerning O'Shaughnessy and his works. There are also clippings relating to people or topics of interest including Barry Humphries together with clippings of articles and reviews that O'Shaughnessy wrote as a guest theatre critic for The Argus newspaper in 1955.

File 1. Newspaper clippings, c. 1954-2000 - Box 17 (MS 2272)
File 2-5. Scrapbooks (4) of newspaper clippings, 1954-1981 - folio 1 (MS 2272)

Series 9. Photographs, 1945-1990s

This series comprises photographs and negatives featuring O'Shaughnessy and others including studio portraits by Helmut Newton. There are photographs relating to various theatrical productions in Australia and overseas including A village wooing The caretaker Courtship through the ages Diary of a madman Hamlet The importance of being earnest The lady with the toy dog The lesson Miss Julie Othello Summer in the country Swansong and Waiting for Godot. Many of the items are annotated with such information as photographer subject(s) performance and date.

File 1. Photographs, 1945-1990s - folio 2 (MS 2272)

Series 10. Sound recordings, c. 1965-1999

This series features sound recordings of several notable performances and readings by O'Shaughnessy. Included among these is an album of readings released with The restless years (1968) a book on the history of Australia and the development of the characteristics of the Australian people co-authored by O'Shaughnessy Graeme Inson and Russel Ward.

There are also recordings of works by or about Samuel Beckett Geoffrey Chaucer Charles Dickens Nikolai Gogol William Shakespeare Bernard Shaw William Butler Yeats and others.

File 1. Album The restless years Jacaranda Press, 1968 - folio 3 (MS 2272)
File 2-9. Magnetic tapes (8) - folio 3 (MS 2272)

Including recordings titled 'Diary of a madman' c. 1965 'Rock 'n reel revue' 1958 and 'Yeats/Beckett'

File 10-28. Audio cassettes (19) - folio 3 (MS 2272)

Including 'A christmas carol' 'Beckett' 'Discovering Shakespeare' 'Eliot' 'Krapp's last tape' 1985 'Anna Livia's Daughters - sons' 'Ovid's Metamorphoses' 'The pope's balls' 1978 'Bernard Shaw' 'Troilus and Criseyde' c.1978-1979 'Yarns' 1999 'Yeats' 'While I live I'll crow' and 'Will'

Class MS Acc03.282. Consignment Received 1/12/2003

The Acc03.282 instalment comprises many manuscript, typed and printed scripts of plays, television productions and films, together with other manuscripts, reviews, programs, correspondence, research material on Australian and Irish history, notebooks, newspaper cuttings, posters, sketchbooks, photographs, tape recordings, cassettes and films (20 cartons, 1 A3 carton).

Class MS Acc09.038. Consignment Received 27/2/2009

The Acc09.038 instalment includes typescripts of O'Shaughnessy's autobiography, and manuscripts of other works including Irish fables, Totem AA, Sheela-na-gig, Diary of a madman, Troilus and Cressida (abridged from Nevill Coghill's translation of Chaucer's work), and Con and the Lannan Shee (1 box).

Class MS Acc11.099. Consignment Received 8/6/2011

The Acc11.099 instalment comprises a revised undated version of the play The dance of death, originally written by August Strindberg, translated and adapted by O'Shaughnessy in 1978 (1 folder).

Class MS Acc11.150. Consignment Received 3/11/2011

The Acc11.150 instalment comprises primarily script drafts, film treatments, research notes, poetry, correspondence, news article clippings and programs pertaining to the life and work of Peter O'Shaughnessy (12 boxes).

File. 44 Audiocassettes - scarce content information on carriers. Material appraised and not available., c. 1978-2004 - Box 1 (MS Acc11.150)

File. 44 Audiocassettes - scarce content information on carriers. Material appraised and not available., c. 1978-2003 - Box 2 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Miscellaneous loose papers, including news cuttings, reviews and music scores, correspondence, art valuations, scripts, curriculum vitae. Works included: Cora and the Men; Djinboon and the Bunyip; Diary of a Madman; Getting to Know Shalespeare; Television drafts - Off to the Diggins, n.d. - Box 3 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Articles, clippings, poetry, artwork, valuations, scripts, typescripts of reports and other writings including partial autobiography, notes, n.d. - Box 4 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Writings and correspondence, scripts, articles, lecture notes, film treatments including Troilus and Crisyde script and articles pertaining to Ned Kelly/'Red Kelly', c. 1990-1992 - Box 5 (MS Acc11.150)

File. 21 Audiocassettes - scarce content information on carriers. Material appraised and not available., Various including 1998 - Box 5 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Sundry' includes correspondence, clippings, library request forms, invitations, programs, notes, articles, drafts, 1962-1982 - Box 6 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Litigation' files, c. 1983-1984 - Box 6 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Lyrics, sonnets, personal correspondence including with Barry Humphries, drafts, photographs (copies), writing, notes, c. 1954-2002 - Box 6 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Miscellaneous loose papers, including correspondence, litigation records and writings, c. 1989-1999 - Box 7 (MS Acc11.150)

File. File of correspondence with National Library of Australia, 2000-2011 - Box 7 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Curriculum vitae of Peter O'Shaughnessy, n.d. - Box 7 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Fan letters, 1945-1950 - Box 7 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Young Irelanders' research notes, scripts, treatments, correspondence and notes, 1976-1998 - Box 7 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Miscellaneous loose papers, including scripts and typescripts of writings, articles, clippings, correspondence, poetry, programs, sketches, 1964-1998 - Box 8 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Scripts, including 'The devil's general' and 'The Pope's balls' and 'Fabulous Journey of Mac Con Glin', n.d. - Box 8 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Sketch of O'Shaughnessy, 1988 - Box 8 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Theatre reports, scripts, correspondence, clippings, typescript and handwritten drafts, poetry, academic papers, notes, c. 1940-1992 - Box 8 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Correspondence in envelopes, c. 1940-2005 - Box 9 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Reel-to-reel audio tape: Magnetophonband LG535 540m/1800ft - scarce content information on carrier. Material appraised and not available., n.d. - Box 9 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Miscellaneous loose papers, including ephemera, correspondence, rehearsal drafts, clippings, scripts, 2002 - Box 9 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Miscellaneous loose papers, including news cuttings, some with photographs of O'Shaughnessy, programs, biographical information, some writing, 1953-1981 - Box 10 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Photographs (photo copies) and programs, 1966-1973 - Box 10 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Correspondence, printouts from websites, handwritten notes, 1945-2002 - Box 10 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Script drafts, n.d. - Box 10 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Ephemera, n.d. - Box 10 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Young Irelanders' research notes, n.d. - Box 10 (MS Acc11.150)

File. News cuttings about theatre productions, n.d. - Box 11 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Notebooks, c. 1940-1960 - Box 11 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Scripts and book drafts, n.d. - Box 11 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Investigation of complaint report, 2003 - Box 11 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Correspondence, 1943-1990 - Box 11 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Reel-to-reel audio tape: Emitape - scarce content information on carrier. Material appraised and not available., c. 1963 - Box 11 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Publication - Rebellion in Wicklow edited by Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1998 - Box 12 (MS Acc11.150)

File. LP record cover - 'While the Billy Boils' - Readings from Henry Lawson by Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1968 - Box 12 (MS Acc11.150)

File. News cutting, 1977 - Box 12 (MS Acc11.150)

File. Photocopies of sketches of sketches from Mac Con Glin, n.d. - Box 12 (MS Acc11.150)