Guide to the Papers of Cecil Edwards

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MS 4637

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Collection Summary

Creator
Cecil Edwards
Title
Papers of Cecil Edwards
Date Range
1962-1967
Collection Number
MS 4637
Extent
0.48 metres (3 boxes + 1 folio)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2611713).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Cecil Edwards, National Library of Australia, MS 4637, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Folder "War notes, 1939-40" - 104pp. foolscap typescript, containing Edwards' reaction (as an avowed pacifist) to the beginning of WWII, 3 ½ weeks before, and then an ongoing wide-ranging account and commentary. Dated sections follow, up to 25/11/40. All pages contain handwritten amendments, corrections and other markings. Also some references to material he used in the Melbourne Herald, of which he was editor., 1939-1940 (File 1) - Box 1

Appears to be original typescript.

Folder "War notes, 1941 (1)" - pp. 105-268 of foolscap typescript, 1/1/41 to 12/9/41. All pages contain handwritten amendments, corrections and other markings. Also a small page of pencilled notes, partly in short-hand., 1941 (File 2) - Box 1

Appears to be original typescript.

Folder "War notes, 1941 (2)" - pp. 269-375 of foolscap typescript, [1/1/41] to 29/12/41. All pages contain handwritten amendments, corrections and other markings. Also Copy of The peacemaker, Jan. 1967; and typescript letter dated 14/6/1941, "Dear old boy…", relating the experience of Angus Henry McLachlan [pseudonym?] at his medical examination for army recruits"., 1941, 1967 (File 3) - Box 1

Appears to be original typescript.

Folder "War notes, 1942" - pp.376-437 of foolscap typescript, 4/1/42 to 5/3/42, plus 1 loose double-sided sheet pp.183/184., 1942 (File 4) - Box 1

Appears to be original typescript.

Loose-leaf, 400pp. of quarto [?]combined ms (closely written), typescript, and short-hand commentary about WWII, 2/9/41 to 20/10/43, held together with cotton tape, some pages loose. Lacks pp. 375-378. Separate 6pp.typescript, numbered 370-375, presumably of the missing short-hand pages from the above., 1941-1943 (File 5) - Box 1

Text contains many abbreviations; one short-hand page loose and unnumbered - one section dated 8/9/43, probably in the missing section pp.375-378.

Loose-leaf, (taken from ring binder), pp. 401-567 of quarto [?]combined ms (closely written), typescript, and short-hand commentary about WWII, 30/11/43 to 2/7/50, now tied with tape, 1943-1950 (File 6) - Box 1

Ringbinder rusty, papers removed and rehoused in folder; rust marks on edge of sheets; see Box 1, File 4 for the first part of this document.

Typescript "Biography of Viscount Bruce of Melbourne, Part One" - pp. 1-276 of Edwards' biography Bruce of Melbourne. In cardboard cover marked "Master copy (1)". Contains corrections and additions, 1964? (File 7) - Box 1

Typescript "PART TWO - Expatriate Patriot" - pp. 277 to 633 of Edwards' biography Bruce of Melbourne. In cardboard cover marked "Master copy, Part two, MS to publishers, 2nd copy". Contains markers, some notes and amendments., 1964? (File 8) - Box 1

Miscellaneous press cuttings, 1941-1974; drafts/final copy of two articles by Edwards - The Bolte government and United Nations charters; press reviews of Edwards' book Labor pains (Melb., Hill of Content, 1974); notes (ms and shorthand) for a speech on "The United Nations and the security of Australia"; telex[?] re survivors from the Parramatta; miscellaneous other papers, incl. 1946 letter and statement from Minister for the Interior concerning "the control and welfare of aboriginals"., 1941-1974 (File 1) - Box 2

Previously housed in: Box No. 1

Correspondence and other documents about Frank Anstey (1865-1940), Australian Labor Party MP during the parliamentary career of Lord Bruce. Discussion with Hec Tonkin, a parliamentary journalist, concerns the possible development of a biography of Anstey, and the search for Anstey's own papers. Also includes invitations to formal dinners for PM Bruce in 1923 and 1926, signed by those present, including Tonkin and others. Plus extract from Overland, Dec. 1965, "As I knew Anstey" by E. W. Peters., 1923-1965 (File 2) - Box 2

Description by Edwards of content of proposed publication of The Bruce papers. 33pp. typescript, 2 copies, one containing letter from the Literature Board suggesting an application for assistance., 1974 (File 3) - Box 2

Draft of The Bruce papers, prelims marked BPI-BPIV, text marked BP1-BP420; lacks pp.BP216-BP365; contains corrections and amendments. (File 4) - Box 2

Papers taken from 2 ring-binders, the draft prelims. in one, the draft text in the other.

The Bruce papers - working papers, hand-written, shorthand and typescript, incl. many extracts from Edwards' transcription of his recorded interviews with Bruce in 1963; also notes (typewritten) prepared by Bruce himself about his recollections of events; original folder marked "Parlt. debates etc., 1917-1929"., 1917-1964 (File 5) - Box 2

The Bruce papers - working papers, hand-written, shorthand and typescript, incl. many extracts from Edwards' transcription of his recorded interviews with Bruce in 1963; also notes (typewritten) prepared by Bruce himself about his recollections of events; a long speech from 1931; extracts from The Times (1923, extensive) and The Age (1922); papers in folder marked "Bruce - to 1929 (1), Times 1923", 1921-1964 (File 6) - Box 2

The Bruce papers - working papers, hand-written, shorthand and typescript, incl. many extracts from Edwards' transcription of his recorded interviews with Bruce in 1963; also notes (typewritten) prepared by Bruce himself about his recollections of events; papers in folder marked "Bruce - to 1929 (2)"., 1906-1964 (File 7) - Box 2

The Bruce papers - working papers, hand-written, shorthand and typescript, incl. many extracts from Edwards' transcription of his recorded interviews with Bruce in 1963; also notes (typewritten) prepared by Bruce himself about his recollections of events; initial page (mounted on cardboard) headed "Bruce - Part Two (1929 onwards)", with a summary of content; incl. schedule of London Provincial stock market records, 1928-1934; some press cuttings; small spiral-bound notebook with entries covering the period 1924-1945., 1929-1963 (File 8) - Box 2

The Bruce papers - working papers, hand-written, shorthand and typescript, incl. extended portions of Edwards' transcription of his recorded interviews with Bruce in 1963; shorthand notebook ("Book 1 notes", pages loose, filled with material dated 1920-1929); also notes (typewritten) prepared by Bruce himself about his recollections of events; papers taken from folder marked "General; Bruce's talks; spares unsorted"; some press cuttings, 1955-1966; series of cables marked "Most secret. Himself), dated Jan. 1929", 1920-1966 (File 1) - Box 3

Previously housed in: Box No. 2

The Bruce papers - working papers, hand-written, shorthand and typescript, incl. many extracts from Edwards' transcription of his recorded interviews with Bruce in 1963; photocopy (chemical process?) "Australian [stock] issues in London, Oct. 1932-1945", 1932-1964 (File 2) - Box 3

The photocopy material is on large sheets, probably copied through a chemical process, fading.

Previously housed in: Box No. 2

Photos of Bruce and others, originally housed in other folders, as marked on the back of most; some have identifying notes on the back; 5 negatives included; printed sheet (folded) with cartoons of the "First Press Gallery…Sept.-Dec. 1927", incl. Cecil Edwards; letter from Bruce re photo of a new golf trophy in his name, 1904-1963 (File 3) - Box 3

Correspondence between Cecil Edwards and Viscount Bruce during the writing of "Bruce of Melbourne" - 148 indexed letters, 28/11/1962-23/8/1967; also photocopy of article in Canberra Times re Edwards and his research on Bruce (incl. the letters), 26/10/1972, 1962-1967, 1972 (File 4) - Box 3

"Scandal in the vestry by Cecil Edwards" - undated, unpublished typescript account by Edwards of a dispute between a small group of Victorians, involving politics, the Church and other matters, in the period 1906-1913; ms loosely bound in cardboard covers, held together with string and cellotape, 1906-1913 (File 5) - Box 3

"Alaya - a comic opera in 3 acts, libretto by Erskine Urquhart, lyrics by Richard Lomas" - undated, unpublished typescript; 2 copies in spring folder; second copy title page reads "Alaya - a comic opera in three acts, libretto by Erskine Urquhart, lyrics by Cecil Edwards, music by Edith Harrhy, copyright 1924 by Erskine Wyse and Cecil Edwards"., 1924 (File 1) - Box 4

In top copy, librettist's name handwritten over typed name (Erskine Wyse), lyricist's name handwritten over typed name (Cecil Edwards)

Previously housed in: Box No. 3

Typescript summaries/extracts of Bruce's speeches in Federal Parliament, 1918-1929, held in envelope addressed to Mr. Richard C.C.Edwards, marked "Bruce Part I, source materials, B's speeches"; total 232pp., 1918-1929 (File 2) - Box 4

Previously housed in: Box No. 3

"The bar parlor, being an eye-witness account of how the Kelly Gang raided the town of Jerilderie, and robbed the bank; told for the first time in many years 'By One Who Was There': edited, and with a foreword by Cecil Edwards", unpublished, undated typescript, 217pp.; also incl. original "The Kelly raid on Jeriderie by "One Who Was There", published in Jerilderie 100 years, 1958; and other materials., 1958 (File 3) - Box 4

Previously housed in: Box No. 3

Press clippings, mounted in expanding binder; predominantly about WWII; July, 1941-Feb. 1943, 1941-1943 (File) - Folio 1

Press clippings, mounted in expanding binder (lacking holding screws); predominantly about WWII; Jan. 1943-Jan. 1944, 1943-1944 (File 1) - Folio 2

The peacemaker, v.1., no. 1, 29 Sept. 1939 - v.8., no. 12, Dec. 1946, bound in one volume; also loose material, inferring that Edwards was "Commentator" in the journal, 1939-1946, 1964 (File 2) - Folio 2

Press clippings, mounted in expanding binder (lacking holding screws); predominantly about WWII; Jan. 1944-Apr. 1945, 1944-1945 (File) - Folio 3

Press clippings, mounted in expanding binder; predominantly about WWII and post-war international events; Apr.1945-March 1946, 1945-1946 (File) - Folio 4

Press clippings, mounted in 310-page guard book; predominantly about post-war international events; March 1946-Sept.1947; also copies of national securities regulations and other official advice about war-time censorship or embargos., 1946-1947 (File) - Folio 5

Press clippings, mounted in a guard book, consisting of articles by Edwards in various newspapers from March 1949 - May, 1967 and May, 1973 - May 1977; and a few clippings from the end of 1947 concerning international affairs, 1947-1977 (File 1) - Folio 6

The peacemaker, v.1., no. 1, 29 Sept. 1939 - v.15., no. 5, June, 1953, loose issues, some issues lacking; one issue of Peace news, May 15, 1942., 1939-1953 (File 2) - Folio 6

The peacemaker, v.1., no. 1, 29 Sept. 1939 - v.2, no. 9, 15 Dec. 1940, bound, with inscription; plus some loose material., 1939-1940 (File 3) - Folio 6

The peacemaker, v.9, 1947, bound; plus some loose material; plus loose issues of The peacemaker for the period Jan. 1948 - June, 1953, 1947-1953 (File 3) - Folio 6


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