Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth Salter
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Elizabeth Salter
- Papers of Elizabeth Salter
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 6481
- 3.78 metres (27 boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2167384).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Elizabeth Salter, National Library of Australia, MS 6481, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The first instalment of the papers was purchased by the Library from Elizabeth Salter in London in 1981. The Library purchased the remainder of the papers in 1983 from Miss Lorna Coates, Salter's literary executor.
It should be noted that because the two consignments of papers overlap, they have been integrated.
Elizabeth Salter was born in 1918 in Angaston, South Australia. She was educated at Adelaide University and Conservatorium, Adelaide. She left Australia for England in 1952.
Salter worked as secretary to Edith Sitwell from 1957 until her death in 1964. Salter published a biography of Sitwell, entitled The last years of rebel: a memoir of Edith Sitwell, in 1967.
In 1969 Salter received a Commonwealth Literary Fellowship to write a biography of Daisy Bates. Daisy Bates: Queen of the Never Never, was published by Angus & Robertson in 1971.
Her other publications include Helpmann: the authorised biography of Robert Helpmann (1978) and The lost impressionist: a biography of John Peter Russell (1976).
Reference: Who's who of Australian women, pp.393-4.
Series 1. Elizabeth Salter
Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1948-80
This series contains letters from friends and family members, including William Salter, Jean Gilbert, Marie Herford and Freda Cullen.
Subseries 2. Business Correspondence and financial papers, 1940-80
Correspondence with Australian and Overseas publishers and literary agents. This series also includes personal documents, agreements, accounts, receipts, bank statements and copies of letters.
Subseries 3. Lectures and talks, 1973-80
Correspondence, mostly with various universities in England and Scotland, inviting Salter to give seminars and lectures on literature especially relating to Daisy Bates, Patrick White and Edith Sitwell
Subseries 4. Newspaper cuttings of book reviews, 1958-78
Subseries 5. Miscellaneous
Series 2. Daisy Bates: Queen of the Never Never
Sydney: Angus and Roberstson, .
Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1966-80
Correspondence with Angus and Robertson and other publishing companies, various libraries and the ABC concerning Daisy Bates. The correspondents include Rodney Needham, Sir Grenfell Price, John Cleland and Dr John Mathew. This series also include letters received from the general public ( in response to Salter's letters, published in newspapers, requesting information on Daisy Bates), original Daisy Bates letters, official documents and a photograph album.
Subseries 2. Notebooks, handwritten drafts and typescripts
Subseries 3. Newspaper cutting and printed material, 1967-77
Series 3. The last year of a rebel: a memoir of Edith Sitwell
London: Bodley Head, 1967
Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1963-79
This series contains correspondence with friends and publishers, agreements, accounts and receipts. Some of the correspondents are Roy A. Roberts, Mark Hamilton, Alan Brooke, and Christian Roberson.
Subseries 2. Handwritten drafts and typescripts
Series 4. Helpmann: the authorised biography of Robert Helpmann
Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1978
Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1971-79
This series includes original letters and copies of letters of Sir Robert Helpmann and Katharine Hepburn (who wrote the foreword of the biography).
Series 5. The lost impressionist: a biography of John Peter Russell
London: Angus and Robertson, 1978
Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1972-76
Correspondence with publishers, art galleries in Australia and overseas concerning the biography. This series also include copies of correspondence between A. Rodin and John Peter Russell, copies of family letters and letters from friends containing information on Russell.