Guide to the Papers of John Dashwood Holmes


MS 304

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Collection Summary

J. D. Holmes
Papers of John Dashwood Holmes
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 304
0.84 metres (3 archive boxes + 1 small folio box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of the drafts and manuscripts of a Bibliography on Federation c. 1840-1901. There is also a bibliography of books copyrighted by the N.S.W. Bookstall Co. Ltd. and a small amount of material concerning the collecting of Australiana.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record ( for the access conditions.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 John Dashwood Holmes, National Library of Australia, MS 304, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. N.S.W. Bookstall Co. Ltd

A bound volume in which the "Bookstall Series" is listed alphabetically by author with titles only of each author. The list is annotated to show Mitchell Library holdings, the publication date of the Mitchell Library copy held and its condition (Item 1)

Written in an unused survey levelling book on 17 double pages.

A bibliography of the "Bookstall Series", being full bibliographical entries for the titles given in Item 1. Alphabetical list of authors at front. Loose 8vo sheets, some MS, some TS (File 2-200)

Series 2. Bibliography on Federation

Subseries 2A. Folders on the Bibliography on Federation

1841-1869 (Item 201-304)
1870-1880 (Item 305-420)
1881-1890 (Item 421-632)
1891-1898 (Item 633-866)
1898-1901 (Item 867-976)

Subseries 2B. "Bibliography of the growth and development of Federation in Australia" by John D. Holmes. B.A. ll.b. 7 ms

Vol I - to 1891 (Item 977)
Vol II - 1892-1897 (Item 978-979)
Vol III - 1898-1901 (Item 980-992)
Bibliographical entries 1856-1877 marked "Entered" MS (Item 993)
Bibliographical entries 1878-1909 marked "Entered" MS (Item 994)
Miscellaneous entries c.1850-1923 marked "Entered" MS (Item 995-1008)
Miscellaneous entries c.1840-1933 loose leaves - MS (Item 1009-1060)

Subseries 2C. Typescript bibliographical entries relating to federation

Loose sheets. They seem to be entered largely by State and are in no apparent order (Item 1061-1311)

Series 3. Miscellaneous

Bibliography - Federation (File 1312-1405)

Further loose-leaf entries list of J.G. Roberts Collection, (including 1 vol. on Canberra) List of Commonwealth Parliaments and ministries, 1901-1934. List from booksellers.

Bibliography - General (File 1406-1457)

Rough notes - Federation and miscellaneous; Polynesian labour traffic; New State movement; Church of England in Australia

Letters from collectors and sellers of Australiana including letters from George B. Lowery to Dr G. Mackaness re Canberra material (File 1458-1471)