Guide to the Papers of Leslie Haylen


MS 5285

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Collection Summary

Leslie Haylen
Papers of Leslie Haylen
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 5285
0.48 metres (12 folders + 1 folio)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

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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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Leslie Haylen, National Library of Australia, MS 5285, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Envelope cover labelled: Important for researches. Correspondence, receipt, pictures, army records etc (File 1) - Box 1

Envelope (in sealed bag). Contents: Stat Dec re Y.C.A.C. Letter from Supreme court of Tasmania. Christmas poem (File 2) - Box 1

Passports; Press permit; Vaccination certificate; RSL cards; 6 diaries/notebooks; Announcers equity membership 1958, 1940-1963 (File 3) - Box 1

Newspapers and clippings. Mostly from 1966. Political and literary, 1947-1972 (File 4) - Box 1

Drafts. Handwritten pages 16-23. 3 typed poems: 'Grassby', 'Jim Cope', 'The Crisis'. Typed 'Kitty Rasmussen's kid'. Handwritten 'Anatomy of a smear campaign. Legal documents re "Two minutes silence"; 'My Christmas card'; Poem - 'Canberra peace march'; Other handwritten miscellaneous pages and letters (some incomplete) related to Haylen as an author (File 5) - Box 1

Mss of 'A for Artemis' (File 6) - Box 2

Draft with corrections of 'A for Artemis'. Part of a letter moved to File 15 (File 7) - Box 2

Poetry, some typed some handwritten (File 8) - Box 2

Murder in Martin Place' - part typed, part handwritten. Notebook moved to folder 3, 1968 (File 9) - Box 2

Typescript of 'A Stormy blast' (File 10) - Box 2

Incomplete corrected typescript. Written in Darwin/Lae 1944, 1944 (File 11) - Box 2

Handwritten 'A critical look at our "bums and guns" programme'; 'Why am I a socialist?'; 'The Bill-Jim boycott'; 'Portion of the Shanghai file migration 1947. (In bag to keep it together (File 12) - Box 3

Elections: Pamphlets, news cuttings, candidates, 1963 results from Parks, declaration speech 1961, etc (File 13) - Box 3

Parliamentary delegations: Itineraries, reports, lists etc. 2 loose items - Sealed bag cover 'Delegation to China 1957'; Green folder: Briefing notes for the 1963 delegation to Asia, 1948, 1963 (File 14) - Box 3

Drafts: Mainly poetry, some very rough, some handwritten, some typed. Handwritten article(?) titled 'The saga of Fletcher Cooke' (File 15) - Box 3

Miscellaneous correspondence, plus two 'labels' unrelated to surrounding material. (File 16) - Box 3

Publications: 'South Africa: Trial by torture' 1970, 'Australia by warned by whom' 1938, 'The Trojan Horse! In the Labor Movement' 1965, 'Current notes on international affairs' 1967, 'Viet-nam Australia and Asia' 1967, 'Bulletin of the Japan Council against A H bombs 1964, 'Growing up in the Pacific' and 'Some thoughts on an independent foreign policy' 1965, 'Why Catholic schools 1964 'Public hospitals Act, 1929-1943', 'Japanese peace settlement' 1947, Hansard - death of Dr. Evatt 1965, 'A financial invasion 1968 (File 17) - Box 3

Family papers re John Haylen etc., mainly correspondence (File 18) - Box 4

Conscription and Vietnam: newsletters, pamphlets (File 19) - Box 4

Biography: 24 page typed biography with handwritten 'Author's note' but no author's name (File 20) - Box 4

Labor Party: Pamphlets, typescripts of interviews, typescripts of speeches/articles, newsletters, 'Labor's campaign manual 1928' (File 21) - Box 4

Books: 'Burr (1974); 'Truth or repose, (1966) inscribed by the author; 'Federal Labor leaders (1961); 'The Long march (1956); 'The Fiddler of the gorge (1951); 'Cricket in crisis' (1948) inscribed to Les Haylen from Jack Fingleton; Cover 'Delegation to China 1957'; Briefing notes for the 1963 delegation to Asia (File) - Box 4

Books by Haylen: Bound typed '20 years hard Labor parts 1-2, 2 copies of part 1'; 'Brown boy singing' 'Two minutes silence' 'A for Artemis' inscribed by the author; 2 copies of 'Blood on the wattle' the game Durrells' Arry's 'orse' in 'The tracks we travel' 1965, 1933-1965 (File) - Box 5

Scrapbook: Newspaper cuttings and some correspondence related to politics and literature. Not all in order. Some loose throughout including the back. 'Senate journals, 1944-46 used as the scrapbook, 1959-1971 (File) - Box 6

Blue folder of photographs, mix of political and personal. 8 loose sheets of photographs - 3 X 'Atom bomb city Hiroshima', 1 x Vietnam protest, 4 x personal/family (File) - Folio 7