Guide to the Papers of J. D. Corbett


MS 1011

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 1964

Collection Summary

J. D. Corbett
Papers of J. D. Corbett
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 1011
1.6 metres (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The papers include Mr. Corbett's correspondence with journalists and others in a variety of subjects, including his "Canberra Commentary" for the Argus, his feature writing for the Australian Wool Bureau, and his freelance writing for television. There are also drafts, with related correspondence, of many articles on Australian subjects prepared by Mr. Corbett.

There are press cuttings on a miscellany of subjects, together with cuttings of articles and paragraphs written by Mr. Corbett. The printed material in the collection includes Australian Wool Bureau publications, various travel brochures and circulars, some political pamphlets, and single copies of several newspapers and periodicals. Their association with other material in the collection points to authorship by Corbett.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 J. D. Corbett, National Library of Australia, MS 1011, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to the Library in 1964 by Mrs. Carolyn Corbett.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence

Boxes 1 to 4 inclusive contain some 25 folders of correspondence; some of the folders bear a description of their contents, such as: Australian Wool Bureau; George Palmer, Sydney; Margaret Catchpole; Montague Grover; J.F. Archibald; Latrobe Valley; Australian Journalists' Association, etc. The miscellaneous folders contain correspondence from the '20's onwards, and include letters concerning Mr. Corbett's interest in National Federation, his column "Canberra Commentary" in the Melbourne Argus, etc.

The correspondence folders also contain some press cuttings.

Series 2. Press Cuttings

Box 5 contains five folders of press cuttings which include source material for Mr. Corbett's writings as well as cuttings of his published articles and paragraphs on a miscellany of subjects.

Series 3. Printed Material

Two folders in Box 5 and the contents of Boxes 6 and 7 comprise miscellaneous brochures and pamphlets (some apparently prepared by Mr. Corbett) concerning travel, the Australian Wool Bureau, electrical appliances, etc.; in addition there are odd copies of miscellaneous newspapers and periodicals, including The Journalist, the Argus, the Bulletin, etc.