Guide to the Papers of Michael Alexander Smith
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Papers of Michael Alexander Smith
- Date Range
- 1971 - 2013
- Collection Number
- MS 10227
- 8.75 metres (40 ms boxes + 4 small folio boxes + 1 medium folio box + 1 map folio)
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
The papers document Professor Smith's professional life as a pioneering desert field archaeologist covering his roles as Field Archaeologist for Museums and Art Galleries Northern Territory, as Research Fellow at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University (ANU), as lecturer in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU, as head of People and Environment, National Museum of Australia (NMA), as Director of Research and Development, NMA and as Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Historical Research, NMA as well as his secondary, tertiary and postgraduate studies. The collection includes correspondence, letter books, research papers, reports, surveys, course notes, field notes and journals, exhibition proposals, clippings, manuscripts, publications and photographs.
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Finding Aid Source(s)
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Exhibition Head & Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia - correspondence; new positions; Links to Land gallery development team; Functional brief for Acton Museum development (1997); Research - Karrku Red Ochre mine (1998); Notes on Cuddie Springs site (1996-1997); Cox Creek Diprotodon (1999); Cyprus – excavations at Marki alonia (1995-1999); Cyprus – Essays for The New Yorker (2000); Newhaven 'hand-back'; draft book manuscripts – Alan Newsome on Kangaroos. (File) - Box 17
MAGNT Field diary -ANZAAS conference (10-14 May 1982);GS paper at 1982 AAA (9/12/1982);Uluru recce (20-24 July 1982); NMV grindstones;ANR Survey(9-20 April 1983);Mereenie Survey (28 Ap - 1 May);Utopia seedgrinding trip (6-14 June 1983)
MAGNT Field Diary - Arrernte Language Course (Jun 1981); Coastal Plains-Sampan Creek (26 Jun-1 July); Warai Dam Survey (8-9 Aug)
MAGNT Field Diary - Arrernte Language Course (June); Coastal Plains-Sampan Creek (26 Jun-1 July); Warai Dam Survey (8-9 Aug); C Australia (30 April-9 May);Koongarra survey (15-16 May, 24-26 Jun); Finke Gorge w Nahasson Ungwanaka (26 Aug-15 Sept); Koongarra survey (9-10 Oct); Scotch Crk excavation (23 Oct- 14 Nov); Warai Dam Survey (14-15 April); C Australia (1-15 May); Barkley Tablelands (23 May-1 Jun)
Excavation Diary - Rulpmulpme kuke (24-27 April 1982); Illararri 17 (27 Jun -4 July 1982); Kuyunba 6 (7-11 July 1982); Ooraminna Crk 16 (26-29 Oct 1982); James Ra East (IDK) (27 Jun-4 July 1983); Tjungkupu 1 & 2 (6-17 May 1985); Intirtekwerle (17-25 June 1985); Lake Woods (1-10 July 1985); Wanmarra (Bagot Sp)(15-23 July 1985); Rainbow Valley (Urre) (23-26 July 1985); Therrerrerte (21-25 April 1986); Puritjarra (26 Oct - 3 Nov 1986)
MAGNT Field Diary - inc ANR survey examination of Puntutjarpa & Gramen grindstones (10-17 April); initial Tjungkupu trip (18-19 Aug 1984); aerial recc of eastern MacDonnells (20 September)
MAGNT Field Diary - 1985 IPPA conference, Manila; Dulcie Ra aerial recce (3rd April); Kurringke visit w E Stockton ( 18 Aug) - see also Excavation diary 1982-86
MAGNT Field Diary - Purarra well site (11-12 Mar ); Initial visit vto Puritjarra (3-4 Aug ); WAC conference (1-7 Sept); Liaison trip to PJ (8-9 Oct); Initial PJ 14C dates (7 Jan 1987) - see aslo Exacavtion diary 1982-86
Mikiri-Simpson Desert (17-27 Jul); Notes on site mythologies - L Hercus; MacClarke Reserve survey (13-17 April 1994) - see 1995 Report.
Kiandra goldfield - Excavation of Kiandra Hotel 1872 & Race 1900
Devils Lair excavation - Cleaning, sampling & shoring main section - Journal is supplemented by notes in DL folder
Davenport-Murchison Ranges, Native Title Application - Archaeological survey - field notes
Glen Thirsty Excavations - Excavation Journal (16-27 Aug); Initial recconnaisance (17-30 Aug); genealogy notes; Land & Water trip to Cleland Hills - see 'Strata' book (8-13 May)
Malakunaja II Excavation - Excavation at MII and Nawalabila 1(15 Jul- 4 Aug 1989) Inc 1989 notes by Rhy Jones; Negotiations for 2012 dig (18-20 October ); GAC Board meeting (13-15 Dec)
Puritjarra Excavations - Liaison trip & plant collecting at PJ (9-14 April); Excavation diary (2-28 May); see typescript version on Smith (2010) CD
JSN-Strzelecki - see also Ben's notebook re 'lost in desert'; see also tape account of loss of Ben in desert
Puritjarra Excavation - see also transcript on Smith (2010) CD;Liaison trip to PJ & side trip to Dulcie Ra (3-15 March 1990); Puritjarra excavations (12 April-5 May 1990); Kulpi Mara & Karrku visits (19-29 May 1998); Puritjarra follow up in 1999 to check backfill (22-26 July 1998); UDEN TV film trip 2001 - see AV records (7-11 July 2001); NMA collecting trip - cattle stn material culture (2001)
Lake Frome - Lake Eyre - W side L Frome, Warburton River, L Victoria (26 Apr-12 May ); Lake Victoria - Millers Gully & Chens Gully (21-24 June); Wood Point dig (29 Sept-11 Oct)
Owen Springs survey - phase 1 - site book; see also Report
Mt Knuckey dig - Test pit notes;see 2010 Series 3 trip diary for context
Watarrka Excavations - Trip diary (13 May); Excavation - Wanga E Petroglyph site (14-17 May); Excavation - NEP 22 Incised lines (18 May); Excavation - NEP 23 Rockshelter (19-20 May)
Malakunanja II re-excavation - Incomplete notes; Initial meetings with GAC
Martu Native Title claim - Survey field notes (1 July - 4 Aug ); see also typescript of the fieldnotes; incl Kaalpi excavations (1-18 July)
Trip Diary - Book 1 - Franklin River Rafting (6-17 Feb); Burma(13-31 May); Lake Mackay camel expedition (13 Jun-8 July)
Trip Diary - Book 2 - W Central Australia (28 Aug - 10 Sept 2005); Atacama Desert (7-31 Oct 2005); Angkor & Laos (22 Jan-4 Feb 2006); Geosurveys Hill - Simpson Desert (3-11 May 2006)
Trip Diary - Book 3 - Owen Springs Survey (2-24 May); Kallakoopah Crk camel expedition (26 Jun-20 July)
Trip Diary - Book 4 - Laos(17-29 Jan); Copenhagen & Stockholm (2-18 April); Owen Springs Survey (21 May - 6 Jun ); Lake Callabonna trip (19-30 Jun); Mulligan /River camel expedition (1-15 July)
Trip Diary - Book 5 - Kalahari Desert (14-29 Sept 2008); Harvard & SW USA (6-28 April 2009); Hookina Crk & Pukardu (13-17 July 2009); Aitutaki-Rarotunga (16-24 Aug 2009); Africa, Chile (4-12 Jan 2010); Atnetye-N Simpson Desert camel expedition(21 May-11 Jun 2010)
Trip Diary - Book 6 - Tarn of Auber(16-20 Aug ); Burrup Trip (30 Aug - 7 Sept)
Includes two folders with references, awards and citations, providing a character sketch and professional profile (1977-2012)