Guide to the Papers of Manning Clark

 Searching...

MS 7550, MS Acc03.178

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Creator
Clark, Manning, AC, Professor (Charles Manning Hope)
Title
Papers of Manning Clark
Date Range
1907-1992
Collection Number
MS 7550, MS Acc03.178
Extent
30.3 metres (198 boxes, 1 folio box)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Manuscripts)

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers that make up this collection were almost entirely created and assembled in Clark's home in Canberra. There is relatively little material on his teaching, his supervision of postgraduate students or his other official duties at Melbourne University, Canberra University College and the Australian National University. Similarly, there are few papers on his work for the Australia Council, the Australian Society of Authors and other organisations. Instead, the papers document his family life and friendships, his private thoughts and ideas, his travels, the research and writing of all his books and a huge number of articles, lectures, broadcasts, addresses and reviews, and his involvement in public debates and discussions. The bulk of the collection dates from about 1950 until his death in 1991.

The papers include a wide-ranging and substantial correspondence, long runs of diaries and notebooks, the manuscripts and typescripts of books, articles, reviews, lectures and talks, research material for his books, conference papers, business and travel documents, photographs, newspaper cuttings and printed ephemera.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn383394).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

Manning Clark's association with the National Library extended over forty years and much of his research for A history of Australia was carried out in its reading rooms. In the final volume, published in 1987, he wrote that 'The Petherick Room, the Manuscripts Room, and the Newspaper Room are present in every page of this volume, just as they are present always in my heart'.

In 1988 Clark began transferring papers from his home to the Library and they were formally presented under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme in April 1989. Further donations under the Scheme were made in January 1990, June 1990 and May 1991, a few days before his death. The papers received in 1989-91 make up the bulk of the collection. They include most of the correspondence, the drafts of his books and other writings, and the research material for A history of Australia.

In his will Clark bequeathed his papers and unpublished works to the Library on condition that they be closed until the year 2000. The remaining papers were received from Dymphna Clark in 1994-95. They included his diaries, notebooks and further correspondence, including some substantial files of letters from major correspondents. Some correspondence, manuscript articles and references were also transferred from the History Department at the Australian National University.

The portrait of Manning Clark by Arthur Boyd was bequeathed by Clark to the Library but, in accordance with the terms of the bequest, is currently in the custody of the Clark Family.

A collection of 94 photographs of Manning and Dymphna Clark and their family were lent for copying by the Clark Family in 1995. The copies are held in the Pictorial Section. In addition, there are photographic portraits of Clark by Jeff Carter, Heide Smith and Alec Bolton.

Several interviews with Clark are held in the Oral History Section. The interviewers were Hazel de Berg, 1967 (DeB 253-54), Don Baker, 1985 (TRC 1187), Neville Meaney, 1986-87 (TRC 2053), Michelle Rowland, 1986 (TRC 2141) and Terry Lane, 1990 (ROH 907.2092 C594). A recording of Clark's address to the National Press Club in 1987 is also held (TRC 4036).

Arrangement

Apart from the diaries and notebooks, most of the papers had been kept by Clark in manila folders, sometimes very large, and usually with a title in his handwriting. Some were kept in filing cabinets in his study, but others were in cupboards in other rooms or in boxes under the house.

Although often scattered, many of the files formed sequences and these sequences have generally been preserved in the series arrangement imposed by the Library. This is especially true of the general correspondence (Series 1), travel files (Series 10) and the papers relating to Clark's publications and other writings (Series 11-28). For preservation reasons, the contents of the folders were transferred to acid-free envelope folders, with the exception of the research materials for A history of Australia (Series 17). However, the contents of folders were not rearranged in any way and the evidence of Clark's erratic and inconsistent filing methods has therefore been preserved. As many of the manila folders were extremely large, with a single folder sometimes filling a box, it was often necessary to divide the contents into two or more envelope folders. Where this has been done, small Roman numerals have been added to the titles on the folders. Thus Correspondence 1957 (i) and Correspondence 1957 (ii) indicate that the original folder has been divided into two. Similarly, in the series descriptions below, where a title is preceded by multiple file numbers it can be inferred that there was originally one folder which has been divided by the Library into two or more parts.

Finding Aid Source(s)

Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.

Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there may be multiple Box 1s). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Biographical Note

Charles Manning Hope Clark was born in Burwood, Sydney, on 3 March 1915, the second son of the Reverend Charles Clark and his wife Catherine née Hope. When he was six the family moved to Phillip Island, Western Port, Victoria, and then in 1924 they settled in Belgrave, near Melbourne. Clark was educated at Belgrave State School and Mont Albert Central School and in 1928 he won a scholarship to Melbourne Grammar School. From 1934 to 1938 he read History and Political Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating with first class honours.

In August 1938 Clark sailed for England to pursue his studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He was accompanied by Hilma Dymphna Lodewyckx, whom he married at Oxford on 31 January 1939. He began a thesis on the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, carrying out research in both England and France. Late in 1939 he took up a teaching post at Blundell's School at Tiverton, Devon. In July 1940 the Clarks left England to return to Australia and Manning was offered a position at Geelong Grammar School. He continued his work on de Tocqueville and on completing his thesis in 1944 was awarded a Master of Arts degree at Melbourne University.

In May 1944 Clark left Geelong to become a Lecturer in Political Science at Melbourne University. Two years later, at the request of Professor R.M. Crawford, he began to lecture in Australian History, which was to be his passion for the rest of his life. In 1949 he was appointed Professor of History at Canberra University College. In 1960 the College merged with the Australian National University and Clark continued to be Professor and Head of the History Department in the School of General Studies until December 1971. He remained in the Department for a further four years as the first Professor of Australian History. He was a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

While living in Melbourne in the late 1940s Clark began collecting sources on Australian history which led to his first publication Select documents in Australian history 1788-1850 (1950). The second volume, covering the period 1850-1900, was published in 1955 and Clark then turned to writing his greatest work, A history of Australia. The first volume was published in 1962 and the sixth and final volume appeared in 1987, four years before his death. It was the most ambitious work ever undertaken by an Australian historian. It reached an exceptionally large audience and Clark was both admired and condemned for his highly personal view of history, his concern with grand themes, ideas and conflicts rather than dry facts and figures, and his unique literary style. Other books written by Clark included Sources of Australian history (1957), Meeting Soviet man (1960), A short history of Australia (1963), Disquiet and other stories (1969) and In search of Henry Lawson (1977). In his last years he wrote three volumes of autobiography.

From the 1960s until his death Clark was the most famous historian in Australia and one of the best-known public intellectuals. He accepted numerous invitations to write for newspapers, give lectures and broadcasts, and address academic, literary, cultural and political organisations and societies throughout Australia. He also travelled widely overseas. He spoke about Australian and world history, and also on a great range of political, social and literary themes. His political statements were at times highly provocative and his broad generalisations, dire prophecies and oracular style often infuriated conservatives and made him a controversial figure. Some of his books and lectures provoked intense public debate. He had a huge legion of admirers and in his last years received many honours: honorary doctorates, literary prizes, a Companion of the Order of Australia (1975) and the title Australian of the Year (1981). Geoffrey Serle wrote that 'as no one else Clark greatly increased public consciousness of Australian history and widened the imaginative horizons of innumerable compatriots'.

Manning Clark died in Canberra on 23 May 1991. He was survived by Dymphna and their six children.

References: Bridge, Carl, ed., Manning Clark; essays on his place in history, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1994; Holt, Stephen, Manning Clark and Australian history, 1915-1963, Brisbane, University of Queensland Press, 1982; Holt, Stephen, A short history of Manning Clark, Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 1999

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7550. Original Consignment

Comprises correspondence, diaries, notebooks, personal documents, newspaper cuttings, photographs, printed ephemera, research materials and manuscripts and typescripts of Clark's books, articles, reviews, lectures, addresses and speeches. There are some papers relating to Clark's teachings at the Australian National University, but the bulk of the collection comprises private papers, providing a detailed record of his ideas and thoughts, his friendships, his travels, his participation in public debates and discussions and the whole range of his writings. Series 16-18, occupying 102 boxes, relate to A history of Australia, including the original manuscripts and typescripts, research materials, reviews and correspondence with publishers, friends and readers. The correspondence mostly dates from 1950 to 1991 and is very extensive. The correspondents include Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Geoffrey Fairbairn, James McAuley, R.M. Crawford, John La Nauze, Sir Keith Hancock, Geoffrey Dutton, Russel Ward, John Ritchie, Don Baker, G.P. Shaw, Bruce Grant, Judah Waten, Patrick White, Ken Inglis, John Ritchie, Lyndall Ryan, Suzanne Welborn, Humphrey McQueen, Pat Dobrez and Helen Garner.

Contained in 196 boxes, 1 fol. box.

Series 1. General Correspondence, 1939-91

Box numbers for Correspondence files are ordered chronologically and can be found below the alphabetical correspondents list.

Only a small number of letters have survived from Clark's years in Melbourne and Oxford or even from his first years in Canberra. The correspondence essentially begins in 1953, when Clark and his family moved into the house in Tasmania Circle, Forrest, designed by Robin Boyd. Clark lived there for the rest of his life and most of the papers were accumulated in that house.

Until the late 1960s most of the letters were filed simply by date. Clark then began to devise a more complex filing system, forming sequences under such headings as 'Comments on my work', 'My great friends' and 'Public life'. Sadly, there were great inconsistencies in his filing. Letters from a particular person can be found under several headings, while routine or business letters can be found under the heading 'My great friends'. Some sequences were abandoned and near the end of his life he again filed many letters simply by year. Despite the inconsistencies, the files have been left largely intact.

In his last years Clark began to create files for specific individuals, especially close friends, and he removed their letters from the more general files. This rearrangement was incomplete at the time of his death. The Library has not created any new files for individuals, but where a file already existed it added letters from the individual found elsewhere in the general correspondence.

Many of the files contain newspaper cuttings and printed ephemera, as well as letters. This is especially true of the sequences 'Comments on my work' and 'Public life'.

Clark wrote most of his letters and postcards by hand and did not keep copies. The bulk of the correspondence therefore consists of incoming letters. However, he often made handwritten drafts of letters of importance and they can be found among the letters he received. In addition, there is one folder of out-letters and drafts (1/65).

The series is a large one, containing well over 10,000 letters. Clark maintained a very wide correspondence and in some cases it continued for decades. His most prolific correspondents were Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Geoffrey Fairbairn, James McAuley, R.M. Crawford, John La Nauze, Sir Keith Hancock, Frank Kellaway, Geoffrey Dutton, Don Baker, Barbara Penny, Russel Ward, Judah Waten, Patrick White, Bruce Grant, Ken Inglis, G.P. Shaw, John Ritchie, Lyndall Ryan, Suzanne Welborn, Pat Dobrez, Humphrey McQueen, Helen Garner and John Embling. A more extensive list of the principal correspondents can be found in Appendix I. It should be noted that many of the correspondents only used their first names and often it has not been possible to identify them with certainty.

Most other series in the collection also contain correspondence. In particular, letters can be found in the series entitled Australian National University (7), Harvard University (8), Journeys (10), nearly all the series on publications (11-26) and Family correspondence (30).

Select list of correspondents in Series 1: Clark received letters from thousands of individuals. The following list covers writers who are either well-known or who were frequent correspondents and indicates the approximate date range of their letters to Clark. It is not comprehensive, as many writers only used their first names and they cannot be identified with any certainty.

It should be noted that letters of many of the writers listed below can be found in other series, in addition to Series 1.

Adams, Phillip 1977-89

Alexander, Fred, Prof. 1959

Anderson, Hugh 1958

Anderson, Jessica 1988

Armstrong, David, Prof. 1961-90

Arndt, Heinz, Prof. 1954-90

Atwood, Margaret 1978

Auchmuty, J. J, Prof. 1972

Auchmuty, Rosemary 1972-85

Aurousseau, Marcel 1966-71

Baier, Kurt 1987

Bail, Murray 1989

Bailey, Sir Kenneth 1958-72

Baker, Don 1964-90

Ball, W. Macmahon, Prof. 1959-85

Barrett, John 1981-82

Barry, Sir John 1957-59

Bartlett, Norman 1975-78

Bassett, Marnie, Lady 1967-72

Bean, C. E. W 1959

Blainey, Geoffrey, Prof. 1953-90

Bolton, Alec 1959

Bolton, Geoffrey, Prof. 1961-85

Boyd, Arthur 1972-85

Boyd, Robin 1952-55

Briggs, Asa, Prof. 1959

Brisbane, Katharine 1971

Brissenden, R.F 1956

Bryan, Harrison 1983

Bruce, S. M, Viscount 1963

Buckley, Vincent, Prof. 1956-60

Burke, Sir Joseph 1972

Burns, Creighton 1954-55

Burton, Herbert, Prof. 1955-83

Campbell, David 1967-78

Campion, Edmund 1990

Carolin, Mary 1981-85

Chisholm, A. H 1959

Christesen, C.B. 1955-90

Cobley, John 1962-65

Coleman, Peter 1958-83

Coombs, H. C 1972-90

Cowen, Sir Zelman 1956-80

Cowper, Sir Norman 1975-85

Craven, Peter 1989-90

Crawford, Sir John 1962-68

Crawford, R. M, Prof. 1954-85

Crisp, Helen 1986-90

Crisp, L. F, Prof. 1955-83

Crocker, Sir Walter 1956

Crowley, Frank, Prof. 1955-89

Cumburlege, G. 1952-56

Curnow, Tim 1981-87

Currey, C.H. 1951-66

Dacre, Hugh Trevor-Roper, Baron 1981

Dallas, Ken 1956

D'Alpuget, Blanche 1980-87

Dark, Eleanor 1946-80

Darling, Sir James 1965-75

Davidson, Alistair 1963-70

Davidson, Jim 1984

Davies, Alan, Prof. 1961

Davis, Beatrice 1958-86

Dawe, Bruce 1981-88

Dening, Greg, Prof. 1957-70

Denoon, Donald, Prof. 1972-73

Devaney, James 1958-70

Dobrez, Livio 1982-90

Dobrez, Pat 1982-91

Dobson, Rosemary 1976-90

Downing, R. I, Prof. 1955-75

Drysdale, Sir Russell 1975-80

Durack, Mary 1983

Dutton, Geoffrey 1960-91

Dutton, Ninette 1984

Duyker, Ed 1986-87

Ebbels, Noel 1955

Eddy, John 1975

Egerton, Judy 1957-90

Elliott, Jane 1989

Elliott, Ralph, Prof. 1983

Ellis, M. H 1955-62

Embling, John 1980-88

Eyre, Frank 1951-59

Fabinyi, Andrew 1962

Fairbairn, Geoffrey 1945-80

Ferguson, G. A 1954-61

Ferguson, Sir John 1952-61

Fitzgerald, Tom 1958-61

Fitzhardinge, L. F 1956-60

Fitzpatrick, Brian 1954-61

Fitzpatrick, Dorothy 1961-80

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen 1953-90

Fry, Eric 1959-86

Gammage, Bill 1964-89

Gardiner, Laurie 1954-84

Garner, Helen 1978-90

Gibson, R. Boyce, Prof. 1955

Gilbert, Alan 1965

Golding, Bill 1975-83

Gollan, Robin, Prof. 1975

Goodall, Heather 1983

Grant, Bill 1987-90

Grant, Bruce 1956-88

Grattan, Hartley 1967-79

Green, Dorothy 1980-83

Greenwood, Gordon, Prof. 1957-82

Greenwood, Irene 1981-84

Grey, Nancy 1989

Grimshaw, Patricia 1989

Grose, Kelvin 1970-71

Haddrick, Ron 1967

Hamer, Sir Rupert 1953-81

Hancock, Ian 1971-90

Hancock, Sir Keith 1956-84

Hardy, Frank 1961-90

Harlow, Vincent, Prof. 1956

Harper, Norman, Prof. 1955-72

Harris, Stewart 1972

Harrower, Elizabeth 1980

Hart, Kevin 1977-80

Hasluck, Sir Paul 1971-72

Hawke, R. J 1983

Hazzard, Shirley 1980

Hayden, Bill 1981-82

Headon, David 1990

Henderson, Peter 1985-86

Herbert, Xavier 1978-83

Hergenhan, Laurie 1966-74

Heydon, Sir Peter 1970

Hodgkin, D. K. R 1056-60

Hohnen, R. A 1956-57

Hone, Brian 1954-58

Hooper, Beverley 1975

Hope, A. D, Prof. 1956-81

Hope, Jeffrey 1959-60

Horne, Donald 1985-89

Humphries, Barry 1965-88

Huxley, Sir Leonard 1966

Inglis, Amirah 1962-75

Inglis, Ken, Prof. 1955-90

Jacobs, Marjorie 1957

James, Gwyn 1953-60

Jolley, Elizabeth 1991

Jones, Barry 1980-83

Jose, Nicholas 1981

Kellaway, Bill 1956-58

Kellaway, Frank 1979-91

Kiddle, Margaret 1953-57

Kiernan, Colm, Prof. 1955-84

King, Hazel 1963

Kinloch, Hector 1966-83

Kneipp, Pauline 1970

Knight, Ruth 1961-66

Koch, Christopher 1965

Kramer, Dame Leonie 1972-88

Krugerskaya, Oskana 1961

La Nauze, John, Prof. 1954-81

Lacour-Gayet, R 1971

Lawson, Sylvia 1983

Legge, John, Prof. 1955-80

Lindsay, Joan, Lady 1979

Low, Anthony, Prof. 1975

Lowenstein, Wendy 1981-82

McAuley, James, Prof. 1956-76

McBriar, A 1958-59

MacCallum, Duncan 1955

McCarty, John 1979

McCulloch, Sam, Prof. 1957-80

MacDonagh, Oliver, Prof. 1965-66

McInnes, Graham 1965-69

Macintyre, Stuart, Prof. 1982-90

McKay, Fred, Rev. 1983

McKernan, Michael 1971-84

McLachlan, Noel 1959-89

McLeod, Don 1981

McManners, John 1956-60

McPhee, Hilary 1985-91

McQueen, Humphrey 1981-90

Mair, Ian 1956-84

Malouf, David 1983-90

Mansfield, Bruce, Prof. 1979-90

Marchant, Leslie, Prof. 1956-85

Marshall, Alan 1966-84

Martin, Allan, Prof. 1955-89

Martin, David 1962

Martin, Philip 1974

Masterman, K. 1956

Melville, Sir Leslie 1960

Milner, Ian 1967-90

Molony, John, Prof. 1974-89

Moore, Tom Inglis, Prof. 1956

Morgan, Ed 1989-90

Morris, Deirdre 1971-75

Morrison, John 1961

Moyal, Ann 1966-85

Muir, T. L 1954-55

Mulvaney, John, Prof. 1971-83

Murdoch, Iris 1967-90

Murray, Les 1968-87

Murray-Smith, Stephen 1954-87

Murtagh, J. G 1955-57

Nairn, Bede, Prof. 1964-82

Neale, R. G, Prof. 1956

Niall, Brenda 1974-90

Nolan, Sir Sidney 1967-80

O'Brien, Eris, Archbishop 1954-67

O'Brien, John 1961

O'Connor, Mark 1982-90

O'Farrell, Patrick, Prof. 1965-75

Oliphant, Sir Mark 1962-89

O'shaughnessy, Peter 1972

Owen, T. M 1954-90

Packer, David 1958-60

Palmer, Helen 1959-60

Partridge, P. H, Prof. 1966

Paszkowski, Lech 1972-82

Penny, Barbara 1955-80

Perkins, Elizabeth 1980-82

Phillip, June 1954-56

Phillips, A. A 1955-59

Pike, Douglas, Prof. 1957-67

Porter, Hal 1966

Poynter, John, Prof. 1971

Price, Sir Archibald Grenfell 1963

Prichard, Katharine S. 1967

Pringle, J. D 1955-81

Pryor, Len 1957-85

Pugh, Clifton 1985

Radi, Heather 1975-83

Rathausky, Rima 1984-87

Reed, Bill 1980-84

Reid, Genette 1977-90

Reynolds, John 1955

Reynolds, Margaret 1960-87

Ritchie, John, Prof. 1961-89

Rivett, Rohan 1966

Roberts, Barney 1982-91

Robinson, Portia 1972-83

Robson, Lloyd 1967-90

Roderick, Colin, Prof. 1953-65

Roe, Jill, Prof. 1966-89

Roe, Michael, Prof. 1960-81

Roland, Betty 1984

Rowse, A. L 1956

Roxburghe, Rachel 1987-90

Rudé, George, Prof. 1961-64

Runciman, Sir Steven 1970

Rusden, Heather 1983

Rudnitsky, Artem 1987-91

Ryan, John 1980-85

Ryan, Julia 1981-84

Ryan, Lyndall 1968-91

Ryan, Peter 1970-84

Ryan, Susan 1981-89

Santamaria, B. A 1983-85

Sayers, Stuart 1966-84

Sculthorpe, Peter 1982

Serle, Geoffrey, Prof. 1954-90

Seymour, Alan 1965

Shaw, A. G. L, Prof. 1960-67

Shaw, George 1966-89

Shaw, Sir Patrick 1956-72

Sheehan, Frank 1981-84

Sinclair, K. V, Prof. 1980-86

Sinclair, Keith, Prof. 1960-84

Smith, Bernard, Prof. 1982-91

Souter, Gavin 1974-87

Southern, Sir Richard 1965-90

Stead, Christina 1981

Stephen, Sir Ninian 1988-89

Steward, H. D 1982-89

Stewart, Douglas 1953-83

Stilwell, Geoffrey 1966

Stivens, Dal 1971

Stow, Randolph 1966

Stretton, Hugh, Prof. 1958-69

Sumner, Humphrey 1939

Swan, K. J 1966-71

Tawney, R. H, Prof. 1955

Throssell, Ric 1959-89

Thwaites, Michael 1940-87

Tipping, Marjorie 1967-72

Todd, Murray 1954-57

Tomasetti, Glen 1961-90

Tranter, John 1981

Turner, Ian, Prof. 1958-78

Waddy, Lloyd 1983

Ward, John M., Prof. 1960-65

Ward, Russel, Prof. 1954-89

Waten, Judah 1954-85

Waterhouse, Jill 1967-80

Watson, Don 1983-91

Welborn, Suzanne 1973-91

West, Francis, Prof. 1965

West, Morris 1984

White, Patrick 1961-89

Whiting, Bertram 1956-65

Whitlam, E. G 1974-78

Wigmore, Lionel 1956-75

Williams, Mick, Prof. 1955-86

Williamson, David 1973-88

Winant, Ursula 1969

Winks, Robin, Prof. 1965

Wood, F. L. W, Prof. 1959-65

Woolcott, Richard 1967-90

Wright, Judith 1967-88

Yarwood, A. T, Prof. 1967-81

Zainu'ddin, Ailsa 1954-69

Zubrzycki, George, Prof. 1982

1939-40 (File 1) - Box 1
1950-53 (File 2) - Box 1
1953-54 (File 3_4) - Box 1
1954-55 (File 5_6) - Box 1
1955 (File 7) - Box 1
1956 (File 8) - Box 1
1956 (File 9) - Box 2
1956 (File 10) - Box 2
1956-57 (File 11) - Box 2
1957 (File 12) - Box 2
1957 (File 13_14) - Box 2
1958 (File 15) - Box 2
1958 (File 16) - Box 2
1958 (File 17) - Box 3
1958 (File 18) - Box 3
1959 (File 19) - Box 3
1959 (File 20_21) - Box 3
1959 (File 22_23) - Box 3
1959 (File 24_25) - Box 3, 4
1959-60 (File 26_27) - Box 4
1960 (File 28_29) - Box 4
1960 (File 30) - Box 4
1961 (File 31_32) - Box 4
1961 (File 33_34) - Box 4, 5
1962 (File 35_36) - Box 5
1963 (File 37) - Box 5
1964 (File 38) - Box 5
1964-65 (File 39_40) - Box 5
1966-67 (File 41_45) - Box 5, 6
1967 (File 46) - Box 6
1970-71 (File 47_48) - Box 6
1971 (File 49_51) - Box 6, 7
1972 (File 52_53) - Box 7
1972-73 (File 54) - Box 7
1975 (File 55_57) - Box 7
1988 (File 58) - Box 8
1989 (File 59_60) - Box 8
1990 (File 61_63) - Box 8
1991 (File 64) - Box 8
Out-letters and drafts, 1965-80 (File 65) - Box 8
Correspondence about publications, 1953-72 (File 66_67) - Box 9
Comments on my work, 1960-76 (File 68_71) - Box 9
Comments on my work, 1970-72 (File 72_73) - Box 9
Comments on my work, 1977 (File 74_75) - Box 9, 10
Comments on my work, 1979 (File 76_82) - Box 10
Comments on my work, 1980 (File 83_88) - Box 11
Comments on my work, 1981 (File 89_94) - Box 11, 12
Comments on my work, 1982 (File 95_99) - Box 12, 13
Comments on my work, 1983 (File 100_5) - Box 13
Comments on my work, 1984 (File 106_9) - Box 13, 14
Comments on my work, 1985 (File 110_12) - Box 14
Comments on my work, 1986 (File 113_15) - Box 14
Comments on my work, 1987 (File 116) - Box 14
My great friends, 1967-81 (File 117_24) - Box 15
My great friends, 1981-82 (File 125_29) - Box 16
My great friends, 1983 (File 130_33) - Box 16, 17
My great friends, 1984 (File 134_36) - Box 17
My great friends, 1985 (File 137_38) - Box 17
Personalia, 1986-90 (File 139_49) - Box 17, 18
Writers - miscellaneous, 1965-87 (File 150_55) - Box 19
Letters from writers, 1974-91 (File 156_59) - Box 19, 20
Correspondence with other writers, 1982 (File 160) - Box 20
Public life, 1973-76 (File 161_63) - Box 20
Public life, 1976-77 (File 164) - Box 20
Public life, 1978 (File 165_66) - Box 20
Kurt Baier, 1987 (File 167) - Box 21
Don Baker, 1964-90 (File 168) - Box 21
Geoffrey Blainey, 1953-90 (File 169) - Box 21
David Campbell, 1967-78 (File 170) - Box 21
Helen Crisp, 1986-90 (File 171) - Box 21
Blanche d'Alpuget, 1980-87 (File 172) - Box 21
Eleanor Dark, 1946-80 (File 173) - Box 21
Pat and Livio Dobrez, 1982-91 (File 174) - Box 21
Rosemary Dobson, 1976-90 (File 175) - Box 21
Geoffrey Dutton, 1960-91 (File 176) - Box 22
Judith Egerton, 1957-90 (File 177) - Box 22
Jane Elliott, 1989 (File 178) - Box 22
John Embling, 1980-88 (File 179) - Box 22
Geoffrey Fairbairn, 1945-80 (File 180_81) - Box 22
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, 1953-90 (File 182) - Box 22
Bill Gammage, 1964-89 (File 183) - Box 22
Helen Garner, 1978-90 (File 184) - Box 22
Bill and Ann Golding, 1975-83 (File 185) - Box 23
Bill Grant, 1987-90 (File 186) - Box 23
Xavier Herbert, 1978-80 (File 187) - Box 23
Barry Humphries, 1965-88 (File 188) - Box 23
Frank Kellaway, 1979-91 (File 189) - Box 23
James McAuley, 1956-76 (File 190) - Box 23
Humphrey McQueen, 1981-90 (File 191) - Box 23
David Malouf, 1983-90 (File 192) - Box 23
Alan Marshall, 1966-84 (File 193) - Box 23
Ian Milner, 1967-90 (File 194) - Box 24
Ed Morgan, 1989-90 (File 195) - Box 24
Iris Murdoch, 1967-90 (File 196) - Box 24
Sidney Nolan, 1967-80 (File 197) - Box 24
Rima Rathausky, 1984-87 (File 198) - Box 24
Margaret Reynolds (Chewton, Vic.), 1960-87 (File 199) - Box 24
Artem Rudnitsky, 1987-91 (File 200) - Box 24
Lyndall Ryan, 1968-91 (File 201_2) - Box 24
Susan Ryan, 1981-89 (File 203) - Box 25
Christina Stead, 1981 (File 204) - Box 25
Douglas Stewart, 1953-83 (File 205) - Box 25
Judah and Hyrell Waten, 1954-85 (File 206) - Box 25
Don Watson and Hilary McPhee, 1983-91 (File 207) - Box 25
Suzanne Welborn, 1973-91 (File 208) - Box 25
Patrick White, 1961-89 (File 209) - Box 25
Mick Williams, 1957-86 (File 210) - Box 25
David Williamson, 1973-88 (File 211) - Box 25
Judith Wright, 1967-88 (File 212) - Box 25
Australian of the Year, 1981 (File 213_17) - Box 26
Companion of the Order of Australia, 1975 (File 218_20) - Box 26
Extension to house, 1974-75 (File 221) - Box 27
Federal election, 1972 (File 222) - Box 27
Houses, 1949-53 (File 223) - Box 27
Parkinson Show, 1980 (File 224) - Box 27
St Vincent's Hospital, 1983 (File 225_26) - Box 27
Wapengo, 1980 (File 227) - Box 27
Miscellaneous letters (File 228) - Box 27

Series 2. Diaries, 1938-91

Clark used small notebooks for recording diary entries. The entries were frequent, but not usually daily. Some diaries were kept intermittently over a period of years, others covered only a few days, and there was some overlap between volumes. The distinction between the diaries and the notebooks in series 3 is not sharp, as the latter often contain precisely dated entries. In general, the notebooks record Clark's reading and research as a young man, while the diaries record his activities generally over a period of fifty years, including travels, lectures, meetings and conversations. They also record his private thoughts and feelings.

25 Nov. 1938-5 May 1940 (Item 1) - Box 28
5 May 1940-18 Dec. 1949 (Item 2) - Box 28
14 March 1954-11 July 1960 (Item 3) - Box 28
15 Dec. 1955-7 March 1956 (Item 4) - Box 28
10 March-6 Dec. 1956 (Item 5) - Box 28
1 Dec. 1956-21 Jan. 1957 (Item 6) - Box 28
1 Oct.-9 Dec. 1958 (Item 7) - Box 28
18 July 1960-29 Sept. 1962 (Item 8) - Box 29
3 Feb.-25 April 1964 (Item 9) - Box 29
26 April-11 June 1964 (Item 10) - Box 29
12 June-21 July 1964 (Item 11) - Box 29
21 July-23 Oct. 1964 (Item 12) - Box 29
10-20 Sept. 1965 (Item 13) - Box 29
20 Sept. 1965-4 Nov. 1966 (Item 14) - Box 29
27 March 1967-20 Feb. 1968 (Item 15) - Box 29
25 Aug. 1967-13 Jan. 1969 (Item 16) - Box 29
19 Oct. 1967-4 Dec. 1976 (Item 17) - Box 29
21 Feb.-26 March 1968 (Item 18) - Box 29
4 April-13 May 1968 (Item 19) - Box 29
21 May-11 July 1968 (Item 20) - Box 29
13 July 1968-7 Aug. 1970 (Item 21) - Box 29
11-26 May 1969 (Item 22) - Box 29
28 May 1969-26 Oct. 1970 (Item 23) - Box 29
11 Aug. 1969-27 Jan. 1971 (Item 24) - Box 29
4-19 Jan. 1970 (Item 25) - Box 30
6-8 June 1970 (Item 26) - Box 30
15-17 June 1970 (Item 27) - Box 30
24-27 June 1970 (Item 28) - Box 30
1 May 1971-26 Feb. 1973 (Item 29) - Box 30
8 Dec. 1972 (Item 30) - Box 30
15 April-14 May 1973 (Item 31) - Box 30
17 July-25 Sept. 1973 (Item 32) - Box 30
26 Sept.-11 Dec. 1973 (Item 33) - Box 30
15 Jan.-21 Dec. 1974 (Item 34) - Box 30
11 Feb.-25 May 1975 (Item 35) - Box 30
16 July 1975-6 Dec. 1976 (Item 36) - Box 30
17 Oct 1975-20 Aug. 1976 (Item 37) - Box 30
4 Sept.-2 Oct. 1976 (Item 38) - Box 30
13 Jan.-15 May 1977 (Item 39) - Box 30
21 May-13 Sept. 1977 (Item 40) - Box 30
5 Sept. 1977-17 Jan. 1978 (Item 41) - Box 30
31 Jan.-31 March 1978 (Item 42) - Box 30
21 April-21 June 1978 (Item 43) - Box 31
21 June-21 July 1978 (Item 44) - Box 31
1 Aug.-30 Aug. 1978 (Item 45) - Box 31
16 Sept. 1978-10 Feb. 1979 (Item 46) - Box 31
11 Feb.-8 Aug. 1979 (Item 47) - Box 31
13-26 June 1979 (Item 48) - Box 31
4 Sept. 1979-3 April 1980 (Item 49) - Box 31
13-31 March 1980 (Item 50) - Box 31
19 April-22 July 1980 (Item 51) - Box 31
10 Aug. 1980-27 Jan. 1981 (Item 52) - Box 31
7 Feb.-2 July 1981 (Item 53) - Box 31
6 July-8 Sept. 1981 (Item 54) - Box 31
10 Sept. 1981-3 Jan. 1982 (Item 55) - Box 31
1 Jan.-18 May 1982 (Item 56) - Box 31
30 June-20 Aug. 1982 (Item 57) - Box 31
22 Aug. 1982-17 Jan. 1983 (Item 58) - Box 31
26 Jan.-21 July 1983 (Item 59) - Box 31
4 Aug. 1983-30 Aug. 1984 (Item 60) - Box 31
11 Sept.-1 Oct. 1984 (Item 61) - Box 31
1 Oct.1984-16 April 1985 (Item 62) - Box 31
17April-6 Aug. 1985 (Item 63) - Box 31
11 Sept. 1985-8 Aug. 1986 (Item 64) - Box 32
13 Sept. 1986-7 April 1987 (Item 65) - Box 32
17 April-16 Aug. 1987 (Item 66) - Box 32
24 Aug. 1987-2 March 1988 (Item 67) - Box 32
11 March-22 Aug. 1988 (Item 68) - Box 32
3 Sept. 1988-18 May 1989 (Item 69) - Box 32
25 May 1989-26 Jan. 1990 (Item 70) - Box 32
26 Jan.-16 July 1990 (Item 71) - Box 32
17 July-14 Oct. 1990 (Item 72) - Box 32
23 Oct. 1990-24 May 1991 (Item 73) - Box 32

Series 3. Notebooks, 1937-77

Most of the notebooks date from the period 1935-55 and record Clark's historical and literary studies at Melbourne and Oxford, as well as his readings while a school teacher in Devon and Geelong. They include notes that he took at lectures and notes made while reading modern European history. Some of them are precisely dated, while others can only be approximately dated. The later volumes contain some notes for lectures in Canberra and also Clark's first thoughts on writing a history of Australia.

Trinity College, Melbourne: General reading (Item 1) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Economic history of Europe in the 19th century (Item 2) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Jane Austen; Henri Pirenne: Histoire de l'Europe des invasions au XVI sièle (Item 3) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: The French revolution of 1848 (Item 4) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Biography of Alexis de Tocqueville, 1939 (Item 5) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Georges Lefebvre, R. Guyot et Philippe Sagnac: La Révolution françise (Item 6) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Philippe Sagnac et Saint-Léger: La prépondérance françise (Item 7) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Victor Hugo, Gustav Flaubert, George Sand, Honoré de Blazac, B. de Saint-Pierre (Item 8) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: 19th century German history (Item 9) - Box 33
Balliol College, Oxford, 1938-39: Lectures by A. J. P Taylor on Hapsburg Monarchy, 1848-1916 (Item 10) - Box 33
Blundell's School, Devon, 1939-40: Edmund Burke (Item 11) - Box 33
Blundell's School, Devon, 1939-40: Montesquieu, 1940 (Item 12) - Box 33
Blundell's School, Devon, 1939-40: J. J Rousseau (Item 13) - Box 33
Geelong Grammar School, 1940-44: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Thomas Paine (Item 14) - Box 34
Geelong Grammar School, 1940-44: The life and works of Karl Marx (Item 15) - Box 34
Geelong Grammar School, 1940-44: French thought, 1800-60 (Item 16) - Box 34
Geelong Grammar School, 1940-44: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (Item 17) - Box 34
Geelong Grammar School, 1940-44: Hippolyte Taine (Item 18) - Box 34
Geelong Grammar School, 1940-44: Loose notes on miscellaneous subjects, 1942-43 (Item 19) - Box 34
University of Melbourne, 1944-49: Les ecrivains français, 1800-50 (Item 20) - Box 34
University of Melbourne, 1944-49: Australian literature, 1944 (Item 21) - Box 34
Canberra University College, 1949-60: Ancient history, 1953 (Item 22) - Box 34
Canberra University College, 1949-60: Tutorial classes in British history, 1953 (Item 23) - Box 34
Canberra University College, 1949-60: Ideas on Australian history, 1953-54 (Item 24) - Box 34
Canberra University College, 1949-60: Family relationships, 1954-61 (Item 25) - Box 34
Canberra University College, 1949-60: Ideas for A history of Australia, 1955-56 (Item 26) - Box 34
Canberra University College, 1949-60: Notes on history students, 1959-60 (Item 27) - Box 34
Australian National University, 1960-77: Lectures for Modern History A (Item 28) - Box 34
Australian National University, 1960-77: 20th century Australian literature, 1977 (Item 29) - Box 34

See also notes on Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1961, and Historiography, 1975, in item 5 in this series.

Series 4. Newspaper cuttings, 1938-54

The early cuttings in the 1938-44 album include reports of speeches by Clark at Melbourne University in 1938, his engagement to Dymphna Lodewyckx, and their departure for Europe. Most of the other cuttings relate to the War and international relations and were taken from German, British and Australian newspapers. The 1954 cuttings refer to a statement on Indo-China signed by Bishop E. H Burgmann, Professor J. W Davidson, Professor C. P Fitzgerald and Manning Clark.

In general, Clark did not maintain separate cutting files, but instead interfiled cuttings with letters and other papers. The cuttings are, in fact, very extensive. Of particular note are the extensive cuttings about Clark in the sequences entitled 'Comments on my life' and 'Public life' in Series 1, the files on overseas trips in Series 10, the reviews that are among the papers on each of his publications (Series 12-25) and the subject files in Series 29.

Cutting book, 1938-44 (Item 1) - Box 35
1954 (File 2) - Box 35

Series 5. University of Melbourne, 1937-49

Clark enrolled at the University of Melbourne as an undergraduate in March 1934 and was a student at Trinity College. He completed the course in 1937, gaining a first class honours degree in History. He returned to the University in 1944 as a lecturer in Political Science and later History, a post he held until he moved to Canberra in 1949.

There are very few papers for this period, but the lectures and lists of sources document the beginnings of Clark's interest in Australian history.

BA thesis: 'The Victorian electorate 1842-70; a study in democratic conservatism', (1937) (File 1) - Box 35
Lectures in Australian history, 1946-49 (File 2_5) - Box 35
Material in Public Library of Victoria, 1949 (File 6) - Box 35
Studies in Australian history, 1850-1940 (File 7_8) - Box 35, 36

Series 6. Canberra University College, 1953-60

Canberra University College, which was affiliated with the University of Melbourne, took its first students in 1930. Most of the students were public servants and all were part-timers. After the War, funding for the College was increased significantly. In January 1949 Herbert Burton was appointed Principal and Professor of Economic History and his immediate task was the appointment of new staff. His first appointment was Clark, who arrived in Canberra in September 1949 to take up the first chair of History. He remained in this position until 1960, when the College amalgamated with the Australian National University.

There are relatively few papers on Clark's work as a teacher or on Canberra University College generally. Most of the papers relate to meetings of Australian historians in 1955-58.

Postgraduate students, 1957 (File 1) - Box 36
Senior lecturer in History, 1959 (File 2) - Box 36
Historical sources, 1953 (File 3) - Box 36
Lectures in British history, 1955 (File 4) - Box 36
Lectures on Russia, 1960 (File 5) - Box 36
ANZAAS Conference, Melbourne, Aug. 1955 (File 6) - Box 36
Conference on Australian History, Canberra, Aug. 1957 (File 7_10) - Box 36, 37
ANZAAS Conference, Adelaide, Aug. 1958 (File 11) - Box 37

Series 7. Australian National University, 1960-76

The 1946 Australian National University Act provided for the possible incorporation of Canberra University College. There was strong opposition to the idea from some academics, but at the end of 1959 the Prime Minister announced that the two institutions would be amalgamated. The amalgamation took place on 1 October 1960. The departments of Canberra University College formed the new School of General Studies and were organised into four faculties: Arts, Economics, Law and Science. Herbert Burton continued to be Principal of the School until his retirement in 1965.

Clark was the Head of the Department of History from October 1960 until 31 December 1971. He then remained in the Department as the first Professor of Australian History, finally retiring in 1975. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 1961-63.

The bulk of the papers in this series were files kept in the office of the History Department; they were transferred to the Library after Clark's death. The correspondence files contain both in-letters and out-letters, but the latter predominate. Many of them relate to the University and to colleagues and students, but there are other letters on public matters or of a personal kind. In some instances, the letters written to Clark can be found in Series 1, whereas the replies are in this series. The recipients of letters include Don Baker, Geoffrey Bolton, John Cobley, R. M Crawford, Geoffrey Dutton, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Alan Gilbert, Bruce Grant, Ken Inglis, Noel McLachlan, Ann Moyal, Les Murray, Patrick O'Farrell, Geoffrey Serle, G.P. Shaw, Sir Patrick Shaw, Keith Sinclair, Sir Richard Southern, Hugh Stretton, J. M Ward, Russel Ward, Patrick White, E. G Whitlam, Robin Winks and Judith Wright.

Files 45-57 were received from Clark's home. They contain correspondence, minutes of Faculty meetings and leaflets and other papers documenting student protest activities at the University. The correspondents include Sir Leonard Huxley, Sir John Crawford, Cecil Gibb, Herbert Burton and W. S Hamilton.

Correspondence, Jan. 1965-Jan. 1968 (File 1_5) - Box 37
Correspondence, Jan. 1968-Dec. 1969 (File 6_8) - Box 38
Correspondence, 1970 (File 9_11) - Box 38
Correspondence, 1971 (File 12_14) - Box 39
Correspondence, 1972 (File 15_17) - Box 39
Correspondence, 1973 (File 18_19) - Box 39
Correspondence, 1974 (File 20_21) - Box 39
Correspondence, 1975 (File 22_23) - Box 40
Articles and reviews, 1960-68 (File 24_26) - Box 40
Articles and reviews, 1969-72 (File 27_29) - Box 40
Articles and reviews, 1973-75 (File 30_31) - Box 40, 41
References, A-B (File 32) - Box 41
References, B-D (File 33) - Box 41
References, D-F (File 34) - Box 41
References, F-H (File 35) - Box 41
References, H-J (File 36) - Box 41
References, K-L (File 37) - Box 41
References, M (File 38) - Box 41
References, O-P (File 39) - Box 42
References, R (File 40) - Box 42
References, R-S (File 41) - Box 42
References, S-T (File 42) - Box 42
References, T (File 43) - Box 42
References, W-Z (File 44) - Box 42
Lectures on F. Dostoevsky, 1961 (File 45) - Box 42
Dean of Faculty of Arts, 1961-63 (File 46_48) - Box 42-43
Correspondence, 1962-76 (File 49_50) - Box 43
Faculty of Arts, 1963 (File 51) - Box 43
Promotions at ANU, 1963-72 (File 52_54) - Box 43
Ken Inglis: personal chair, 1964 (File 55) - Box 43
Student stirrers and their opponents, 1969-75 (File 56) - Box 43
Murray Todd poems (File 57) - Box 44

Series 8. Harvard University, 1975-79

In 1975, in observance of the bicentennial celebrations of the American Revolution, the Australian Government made a gift to Harvard University to establish an Australian Bicentennial Chair in Australian Studies. Clark was involved in the negotiations that led to the gift and in December 1975 visited Boston to discuss the arrangements with officers of Harvard University. In September 1978 he took up the Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard. He returned to Australia in February 1979.

The papers in this series consist of correspondence and also student essays, student lists and other memorabilia which Clark accumulated during his time at Harvard in 1978-79. Correspondents include Senator R.G. Withers, Derek Bok, Henry Rosovsky, William Olney, Robin Winks, Sir Nicholas Mansergh, Geoffrey Blainey, D. A Low, G. PShaw, Peter Ryan, John Gross, Bruce Grant, Jill Conway, Don Baker, Geoffrey Fairbairn, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Penny, Terry Smith, Verna Johnson, Kay Ronai and Sir Keith Hancock.

Correspondence, 1975-76 (File 1_3) - Box 44
Correspondence, 1977-79 (File 4) - Box 44
Correspondence, 1978-79 (File 5_8) - Box 44
Lectures, 1978 (File 9_10) - Box 45
Student essays (File 11_12) - Box 45
Student lists (File 13) - Box 45
Memorabilia (File 14) - Box 45
Miscellaneous papers (File 15) - Box 45

Series 9. Australian Council for the Arts, 1973

Clark was appointed a member of the Literature Board of the Australian Council for the Arts in early 1973 and remained on the Board until June 1974. The Board was chaired by Geoffrey Blainey. Clark presumably returned most of the papers to the Board, but he retained two files containing photocopies of notices of meetings, agenda papers, correspondence and some grant applications. There is also one letter from the Chairman of the Council, H. C Coombs.

In 1975 the Australia Council replaced the Australian Council for the Arts. Its function was to provide policy advice to the Commonwealth Government on all the arts and to consider and allocate grants to artists and arts organisations. Clark was a member of the Council from 1975 to 1978, but he did not keep any papers on the work of the Council.

Literature Board, 1973 (File 1) - Box 45
Literature board, 1973 (File 2_3) - Box 46

Series 10. Journeys, 1955-91

Clark created a series of files which he labelled 'Journeys' which documented many of his visits to overseas countries, as well as his travels within Australia and short-term attachments to various universities. The papers include correspondence, drafts of letters, speeches and lectures, travel documents, itineraries, invitations, photographs, newspaper cuttings, programs, brochures and maps.

Correspondents include Robin Winks, Richard L. Watson, Keith Sinclair, John Mulvaney, Barbara Penny, George Chaloupka, Patricia Ratcliff, Dymphna Clark, Pat Dobrez, Michael Cooke, Dali Doljanin

Papers concerning Clark's visit to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia in 1958 can be found in Series 1 and and papers on his trips to Harvard University in 1976-79 are in Series 8.

South East Asia, 1955-56 (File 1) - Box 46
United Kingdom, 1956 (File 2) - Box 46
Duke University, 1963 (File 3) - Box 46
Yale University, 1963 (File 4) - Box 46
United States, 1963-64 (File 5) - Box 46
United States, 1963-64 (File 6) - Box 46
Norfolk Island, 1965 (File 7) - Box 46
New Zealand, 1965 (File 8) - Box 47
Clairemont, California, 1968 (File 9) - Box 47
United States, United Kingdom, 1968 (File 10_11) - Box 47
United Kingdom and Darwin, 1969 (File 12) - Box 47
Russia, 1970 (File 13_14) - Box 47
Soviet Union, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, 1973 (File 15) - Box 47
Norfolk Island, 1974 (File 16) - Box 47
Gulf of Carpentaria, 1975 (File 17) - Box 48
Coopers Creek and Birdsville, 1975 (File 18) - Box 48
United States, United Kingdom, Israel, 1975 (File 19) - Box 48
Alligator Rivers, Northern Territory, 1978 (File 20) - Box 48
New Zealand, 1980 (File 21_22) - Box 48
Gallipoli, 1980 (File 23) - Box 48
North Queensland, 1981 (File 24) - Box 48
Beagle Bay, Western Australia, 1981 (File 25) - Box 48
Central and Western Australia, 1982 (File 26) - Box 49
Alice Springs, 1982 (File 27) - Box 49
Darwin, 1982 (File 28) - Box 49
Tasmania and King Island, 1983 (File 29) - Box 49
China, 1984 (File 30_31) - Box 49
French battlefields, 1985 (File 32) - Box 49
Yale University, 1988 (File 33_34) - Box 49
Ormond College, University of Melbourne, June-July 1958 (File 35) - Box 50
Inglewood and Bond University, 1989 (File 36) - Box 50
Tasmania, 1990 (File 37) - Box 50
Vicenza, Italy, 1990 (File 38) - Box 50
Perth and Albany, 1991 (File 39) - Box 50

Series 11. The ideal of Alexis de Tocqueville, 1938-50

In 1938 Clark was persuaded by his tutor at Balliol College, Humphrey Sumner, to work on the writings of the French political philosopher and historian Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859). In 1939 he and Dymphna spent some time in France, where he worked on manuscripts of de Tocqueville at Paris and the Chateau de Tocqueville at Cosqueville in Normandy. He continued work on the thesis after his return to Australia and it was accepted by the University of Melbourne which awarded him a Master of Arts degree in 1944. Clark's thesis was published posthumously by Melbourne University Press in 2000.

Apart from a few notes dating from 1950, the papers in this series comprise notes made by Clark in 1938-40 of de Tocqueville's published and unpublished writings, together with drafts of his thesis.

Manuscript (File 1_2) - Box 50
Typescript (File 3) - Box 50
Final draft (File 4) - Box 50
The ideal of Alexis de Tocqueville (File 5_6) - Box 51
Opinions on de Tocqueville, 1939 (File 7) - Box 51
Correspondence and speeches of de Tocqueville, 1839-51 (File 8) - Box 51
Speeches and correspondence of de Tocqueville, 1851-59 (File 9) - Box 51
Democracy in America, 1940-50 (File 10_11) - Box 51

Series 12. Select documents in Australian history, 1948-56

In 1946 Clark began to teach Australian history at the University of Melbourne and his teaching led him to search for early Australian documents in the Public Library of Victoria and the Mitchell Library in Sydney. Two years later he decided to publish some of the documents he had used in his teaching. Len Pryor of the Melbourne Teachers' College had had the same idea and the two men collaborated on Select documents in Australian history 1788-1850. It was completed in 1949 and published by Angus and Robertson in 1950. Clark originally hoped to cover the period 1850-1940, but the second volume, published by Angus and Robertson in 1955, dealt with the period 1850-1900. Both books were received with great acclaim.

Very few papers have survived relating to Volume 1. Most of the papers comprise handwritten or typescript copies of documents assembled when Clark was writing Volume 2. There is a comprehensive collection of reviews for both volumes. There are a few letters among the reviews. The writers include Eris O'Brien, Ailsa Thomson, A. Lodewyckx, C. A McCallum, Russel Ward and A. G. L Shaw.

The series also contains reviews and cuttings of Clark's book Sources of Australian history, which was published by Oxford University Press in the World's Classics series in 1957. The volume contained an almost entirely new selection of documents, including newspaper articles, poems and ballads, dating from 1788 to 1919.

Plans, 1948 and index to Volume I (File 1) - Box 51
Volume I: reviews, 1950 (File 2) - Box 51
Transportation, 1951 (File 3) - Box 52
Volume 2: Section 2 (File 4_6) - Box 52
Volume 2: Social conditions, 1951 (File 7) - Box 52
Volume 2: Social history (File 8_9) - Box 52
Volume 2: Social legislation, 1952 (File 10) - Box 52
Wheat farming in South Australia, 1860-1900, June 1950 (File 11) - Box 52
Volume 2: The pastoral industry (File 12_13) - Box 53
Volume 2: Political history (File 14) - Box 53
Non-Labor politics 1860-1900, 1951 (File 15) - Box 53
Labor Party, 1880-1900 (File 16_19) - Box 53
Volume 2: Federation (File 20_22) - Box 53, 54
Books and references, 1955 (File 23) - Box 54
Volume 2: notes on sources (File 24) - Box 54
Volume 2: reviews, 1955-56 (File 25) - Box 54
Sources of Australian history, 1957-58 (File 26) - Box 54

Series 13. Alexander Harris, Settlers and convicts, 1952-64

In 1952 Gwyn James, the Manager of Melbourne University Press, asked Clark to prepare a new edition of Settlers and convicts; or, recollections of fourteen years' labour in the Australian backwoods, by an 'Emigrant Mechanic', first published in London in 1847. There has been some uncertainty about the authorship, but most writers have agreed with Clark in attributing the book to Alexander Harris (1805-1874), who emigrated to Australia in 1825. Clark wrote a foreword to the new edition, which was published in 1953.

The small series contains research notes by Clark, manuscript maps, the manuscript of the foreword, letters from individuals and organisations in both Australia and England providing information about Harris, and reviews of the book. The correspondents include Gwyn James, J. A Ferguson, James Whittaker, Herbert Rumsey, Russel Ward and A. D Hope.

Research notes and drafts (File 1) - Box 54
Maps (File 2) - Box 54
Correspondence and reviews, 1952-64 (File 3) - Box 54

Series 14. Meeting Soviet man, 1958-60

In November 1958 Clark, together with Judah Waten and James Devaney, spent three weeks in the Soviet Union as the guests of the Union of Writers. On his return to Australia, Clark wrote a number of newspaper articles about his impressions. His impressions and ideas were developed in his book Meeting Soviet man, which was published by Angus and Robertson in 1960. It received a mixed reception and political opponents of Clark were to draw heavily on the book in later years.

The papers consist of the manuscript of the book and handwritten drafts of talks and letters, letters from both Russian and Australian correspondents, articles from Russian newspapers, newspaper articles by Clark or reporting his speeches, printed items and memorabilia collected during his trip to the Soviet Union, and reviews of the book. The correspondents include Dymphna Clark, Vincent Buckley, W. G Mountier, Judah Waten, Alexei Surkov and Oksana Krugerskaya.

Manuscript (File 1) - Box 55
Miscellaneous manuscripts (File 2) - Box 55
Correspondence, 1958-59 (File 3) - Box 55
Russian newspaper articles (File 4) - Box 55
Russian printed ephemera (File 5) - Box 55
Australian newspaper articles, 1959 (File 6) - Box 55
Reviews and comments, 1960 (File 7) - Box 55

Series 15. A short history of Australia, 1961-92

In 1961 Clark was asked to write a single volume history of Australia for the New American Library of World Literature. It was published in New York in 1963 with the Mentor Books imprint. A second edition was issued by Heinemann in 1969. An illustrated edition was published by Macmillan in 1981, with new editions by Penguin in 1983 and 1987.

The correspondents include E. L Doctorow, Ursula Winant, J. E Madgwick, Edgar Waters, Geoffrey Muirden, Bill Gammage, Tim Curnow, Bill Reed, Katsuo Tamura and Rosario Scarpato.

Outline and drafts (File 1) - Box 55
Manuscript (File 2_3) - Box 55, 56
Postscript, 1969 (File 4) - Box 56
Chapter 13, 1978-80 (File 5_6) - Box 56
Correspondence and reviews, 1961-78 (File 7_8) - Box 56
New chapter, 1978 (File 9) - Box 56
Illustrated edition, 1981 (File 10) - Box 56
Illustrated edition: reviews and comments, 1981 (File 11_12) - Box 56, 57
Illustrated edition: second edition, 1983 (File 13) - Box 57
Illustrated edition: third edition (File 14) - Box 57
Japanese edition, 1978-79 (File 15) - Box 57
Italian translation, 1984-89 (File 16) - Box 57
Italian translation, 1990 (File 17) - Box 57
Greek translation, 1990 (File 18) - Box 57
Greek translation, 1990-92 (File 19_20) - Box 57

Series 16. A history of Australia: drafts

When he was at Oxford in May 1956 Clark decided to embark on a general history of Australia, a task that was to occupy much of his time for the next thirty years. Volume 1 of A history of Australia, subtitled 'From the earliest times to the age of Macquarie', was published by Melbourne University Press in 1962. It was received with great acclaim, but also subjected to strong criticism, most notably from the journalist and biographer M. H Ellis. Volume 2 was published in 1968, Volume 3 in 1973, Volume 4 in 1978, Volume 5 in 1981 and Volume 6 in 1987. Clark had originally planned to deal with the post-1851 period in a single volume, but in fact three volumes were devoted to this period. The final volume ended in 1935. Clark's use of sources, his carelessness with facts and his distinctive style have been much debated, but his History is generally regarded as one of the great works of Australian literature.

The drafts of Volume 3 are missing, but manuscript and typescript drafts of the other five volumes of A history of Australia have survived. They document the evolution of the book and the considerable textual and stylistic changes that took place between Clark's first draft and the final publication.

Vol. 1: preliminary manuscript (File 1) - Box 58
Vol. 1: manuscript (File 2_11) - Box 58, 59
Vol. 1: draft of chapter 3 (File 12) - Box 59
Vol. 2: typescript and manuscript drafts (File 13_18) - Box 59, 60
Vol. 2: miscellaneous drafts (File 19) - Box 60
Vol. 2: typescript (File 20_25) - Box 60
Vol. 2: typescript (File 26_29) - Box 60, 61
Vol. 2: chapter 1, Darkness (File 30) - Box 61
Vol. 2, chapter 3, Return of the native son (File 31) - Box 61
Vol. 2, chapter 4, The native son offends grossly (File 32) - Box 61
Vol. 2, chapter 5, Towards a colonial gentry (File 33) - Box 61
Vol. 2, chapter 6, A high minded governor in Van Diemen's Land (File 34) - Box 61
Vol. 2, chapter 7, The world of Betsey Bandicoot and Wild Jack Donahoe (File 35) - Box 61
Vol. 2: Sound and fury (File 36) - Box 61
Vol. 2: George Arthur, 1831-36 (File 37) - Box 62
Vol. 2: index (File 38) - Box 62
Vol. 4: manuscript (File 39_44) - Box 62
Vol. 4: typescript (File 45_47) - Box 62-63
Vol. 4: typescript (File 48_52) - Box 63
Vol. 4: typescript (File 53_54) - Box 63, 64
Vol. 4: photographs (File 55) - Box 64
Vol. 5: manuscript (File 56_60) - Box 64
Vol. 5: typescript (File 61_69) - Box 64, 65
Vol. 6: manuscript (File 70_74) - Box 65, 66
Vol. 6: typescript with manuscript amendments (File 75_80) - Box 66
Vol. 6: typescript (File 81_87) - Box 67
Vol. 6: proofs (File 88_91) - Box 67, 68
Vol. 6: illustrations and maps (File 92) - Box 69
Vol. 3: maps (folio) (File 93) - Folio 1

Series 17. A history of Australia: research materials, 1960-86

This is the largest series in the collection and the least organised. Clark and his research assistants accumulated a huge quantity of notes, photocopies and microfilm printouts, which were filed roughly under subject headings. Unlike the other series, the files have not been re-foldered, except in cases where the files were very thick and the papers were becoming damaged. The papers have been grouped by volume, but the order of files within each volume is random and they are not numbered. It is not known whether they were ever in any definite order.

Clark was helped on the History by a number of research assistants: Barbara Penny, Rima Rossall, Lyndall Ryan, Deirdre Morris, Susan Eade, Beverley Hooper and Roslyn Russell. They transcribed or copied much of the material in this series.

Vol. 1: Earliest times to the age of Macquarie (5 boxes) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 69-73
Vol. 2: New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, 1822-38 (8 boxes) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 74-81
Vol. 3: 1824-51 (15 boxes) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 74-81
Vol. 4: 1851-88 (20 boxes) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 97-116
Vol. 5: 1888-1915 (14 boxes) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 117-30
Vol. 6: 1916-35 (26 boxes) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 130-55

Series 18. A history of Australia: correspondence and reviews, 1960-91

Clark created files for each volume of A history of Australia and in general divided them into correspondence and reviews. The latter comprised cuttings or photocopies of reviews of the book. However, the division was not always observed and some letters can be found in the review files and some reviews in the correspondence files. In addition, some of the letters have no connection with A history of Australia.

The correspondence falls into three categories. There are a large number of letters from Melbourne University Press, particularly Peter Ryan, about the editing and publishing of the volumes. There are some letters from libraries, museums and historical societies about sources and requests for photographs. The third and largest category is the letters from friends, colleagues and members of the public praising or criticizing the book. All three categories are interfiled. The bulk of the correspondence is in-coming, but there are occasionally handwritten drafts of Clark's replies.

The correspondence spans more than 30 years and is very extensive. Among the correspondents are Gwyn James (Melbourne University Press), Peter Ryan (Melbourne University Press), Barbara Ramsden (Melbourne University Press), Wendy Sutherland (Melbourne University Press), Nick Walker (Melbourne University Press), Marjorie Hancock (Mitchell Library), Patricia Reynolds (La Trobe Library), Don Baker, Geoffrey Blainey, Robin Boyd, Asa Briggs, Margaret Carnegie, Clem Christesen, Noel Counihan, R. M Crawford, Geoffrey Dutton, Geoffrey Fairbairn, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Bill Gammage, Laurie Gardiner, Bruce Grant, Hartley Grattan, Irene Greenwood, Sir Keith Hancock, A. D Hope, Ken Inglis, Ruth Knight, John La Nauze, Stuart Macintyre, Elsie Macleod, Alan Marshall, Allan Martin, Ann Moyal, Bede Nairn, Sidney Nolan, Douglas Pike, Len Pryor, John Ritchie, Lyndall Ryan, John Sendy, Geoffrey Serle, A. G. L Shaw, Douglas Stewart, Dal Stivens, Hugh Stretton, Suzanne Welborn, Patrick White, E. G Whitlam, Ursula Winant and Ailsa Zainu'ddin.

Vol. 1: correspondence, 1960-67 (File 1_2) - Box 156
Vol. 1: reviews and comments, Vol. 1: reviews and comments (File 3_4) - Box 156
Vol. 1: review by Bede Nairn, 1963 (File 5) - Box 156
Vol. 2: correspondence, 1967-69 (File 6_8) - Box 156
Vol. 2: correspondence, 1968-69 (File 9) - Box 156
Vol. 2: reviews, 1968 (File 10) - Box 157
Vol. 3: correspondence, 1973-75 (File 11_13) - Box 157
Vol. 3: reviews, 1973-76 (File 14_15) - Box 157
Vol. 4: correspondence, 1977-79 (File 16_17) - Box 157
Vol. 4: reviews, 1978-79 (File 18_19) - Box 157
Vol. 5: correspondence, 1980-81 (File 20_22) - Box 158
Vol. 5: reviews and comments, 1981-83 (File 23_25) - Box 158
Vol. 5: launch photographs, 1981 (File 26) - Box 158
Vol. 6: correspondence, 1986-89 (File 27_35) - Box 158, 159
Vol. 6: reviews and comments, 1987-88 (File 36_39) - Box 159, 160
Vol. 6: photographs (File 40) - Box 160
Correspondence, 1990-91 (File 41) - Box 160

Series 19. Short stories

During the 1950s and 1960s Clark wrote a number of short stories, some of them featuring a Canberra public servant described as 'The man in black'. They were published in the Bulletin, Quadrant, Partisan, Prometheus and the Melbourne University Magazine. In 1969 twelve of the stories were published by Angus and Robertson in a volume entitled Disquiet and other stories. These stories and two new stories appeared in Collected short stories, published by Penguin in 1986.

Apart from reviews of Disquiet and other stories and a small quantity of letters, this series comprises handwritten and typescript drafts of stories and notes and jottings for stories.

Manuscripts 1 (File 1_2) - Box 160
Manuscripts 2 (File 3_5) - Box 160, 161
Manuscripts 3 (File 6_8) - Box 161
Manuscripts 4 (File 9_12) - Box 161
Manuscripts 5 (File 13_14) - Box 161, 162
Manuscripts and typescripts (File 15_16) - Box 162
Manuscripts and typescripts (File 17_19) - Box 162
Manuscripts and typescripts (File 20_21) - Box 162
Reviews of Disquiet and other stories, 1969-70 (File 22) - Box 162
Sirius edition of Disquiet and other stories, 1982 (File 23) - Box 163
Collected short stories, 1986-87 (File 24) - Box 163

Series 20. The Boyer Lectures, 1975-88

In 1975 the Australian Broadcasting Commission invited Clark to give the 1976 Boyer Lectures. First broadcast in 1959, the lecturers have been prominent Australians who present the results of their work and their thinking on major social, scientific or cultural issues. Clark entitled his lectures 'A discovery of Australia' and spoke of how he discovered one way of writing the history of Australia. The lectures were published by the ABC in 1976. In 1988 Clark was one of a number of former lecturers who were asked to write postscripts to their lectures. His lectures, together with the postscipt, were republished by the ABC in 1991.

Most of the letters deal with the content of the lectures, or the published version of the lectures, both favourably and unfavourably. There are also many letters and cuttings relating to the controversy preceding the lectures, especially the attempts of the ABC management to vet the lectures and the criticisms of Clark made by Senator John Carrick. The correspondents include Talbot Duckmanton, Beatrice Davis, Lady Casey, Allan Martin, John Haslem, Lady Braddon, Russel Ward, Irene Greenwood, W. Macmahon Ball, Ken Inglis, John Molony and Yvonne Boyd.

Manuscript and typescript drafts, 1976-88 (File 1_2) - Box 163
Typescript draft, 1976 (File 3) - Box 163
Typescript draft, 1988 (File 4) - Box 163
Correspondence and comments, 1975-76 (File 5_6) - Box 163
Correspondence and comments, 1976 (File 7) - Box 163
Correspondence and comments, 1976-77 (File 8_9) - Box 164

Series 21. In search of Henry Lawson, 1977-88

While writing the later volumes of A history of Australia, Clark became preoccupied with the character of the poet and short story writer Henry Lawson (1867-1922). His book In search of Henry Lawson was published by Macmillan in 1977. He stated that he was not attempting to write a definitive life, but rather 'a hymn of praise to a man who was great of heart'. As with Clark's other later writings, the book provoked mixed reactions and reviews. It was savagely attacked by Colin Roderick, who had edited Lawson's writings, on grounds of both inaccuracy and ideology and the controversy raged for several weeks.

There are some letters about the research, publishing and launching of the book. Most of them, however, relate to the public response and in particular the highly critical comments by Colin Roderick, Max Harris and some other readers. The correspondents include John Ross (Macmillan), Kay Ronai (Macmillan), Stewart Edwards, Patrick White, Nancy Keesing, Geoffrey Dutton, Geoffrey Fairbairn, Bill Gammage, Heather Radi, Geoffrey Serle, Pauline Fanning, Barbara Penny and Lance Loughrey.

Manuscript (File 1_2) - Box 164
Typescript with manuscript amendments (File 3_4) - Box 164
Typescript (File 5_6) - Box 164
Proofs (File 7_8) - Box 164, 165
Research material (File 9) - Box 165
Correspondence and research material, 1977-78 (File 10) - Box 165
Notes and research material (File 11_15) - Box 165
Illustrations (File 16_17) - Box 165, 166
Photographs (File 18) - Box 166
Reviews (File 19_21) - Box 166
Correspondence, 1978 (File 22_23) - Box 166
Correspondence, 1977-88 (File 24) - Box 166

Series 22. Ocasional writings and speeches, 1979-81

This selection of writings by Clark was published by Collins in 1980. Dating from 1943 to 1979, the twenty works were divided into Writings on History, Writings on Australia, and Personal, and comprised lectures, journal and newspaper articles, contributions to anthologies and other books, and funeral orations and tributes.

The series contains typescripts, photocopies and cuttings of papers considered for inclusion in the book, together with a large number of reviews.

List of possibilities and copies of papers (File 1) - Box 167
Copies of papers (File 2_3) - Box 167
Reviews and comments, 1980-81 (File 4) - Box 167

Series 23. A history of Australia - the Musical, 1980-89

In 1983 a group of friends led by the historian Don Watson made an agreement with Clark and Melbourne University Press to devise a theatrical production based on A history of Australia. After four years of negotiations and writing, and with financial assistance from the Australian Bicentennial Authority, 'A history of Australia - the Musical' opened at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, on 16 January 1988. It was directed by John Bell, the script was written by Tim Robertson, John Romeril and Don Watson, and the music was written by Martin Armiger, George Dreyfus and David King. The reaction of audiences and critics were mixed and the company struggled to complete the six week season, incurring a large financial loss.

The papers in this series consist of correspondence, legal agreements, scripts, scene breakdowns, reviews and other newspaper cuttings, and programs, extending from 1983 to 1989. The correspondence documents not only the original conception of the production and the drafting of the script but also attempts to obtain sponsorship and suitable reviews and the reactions of critics and members of the audience. The correspondents include John Timlin, Don Watson, Tim Robertson, Tim Curnow and Peter Ryan.

The series also contains some papers about a proposal by Grundy Organisation Pty Ltd to produce a television mini-series based on A history of Australia. The series never eventuated.

Television rights, 1980 (File 1) - Box 167
Theatre production, 1983-84 (File 2_3) - Box 167
Proposed television series, 1985 (File 4) - Box 167
Correspondence, 1984-87 (File 5_6) - Box 167, 168
Drafts and correspondence, 1986 (File 7) - Box 168
Drafts and correspondence, 1987 (File 8) - Box 168
Correspondence, 1987-88 (File 9) - Box 168
Drafts (File 10_11) - Box 168
Draft (File 12) - Box 168
Draft (File 13) - Box 168
Draft, Sept. 1987 (File 14) - Box 168
Comments and reviews, 1987-88 (File 15) - Box 169
Reviews, 1988 (File 16_17) - Box 169
Printed items (File 18) - Box 169

Series 24. The puzzles of childhood, 1907-91

The first volume of Clark's autobiography was published by Penguin Books in Melbourne in 1989. It portrayed his forebears and covered his childhood years in Sydney, Phillip Island and Melbourne, ending with his time at Mont Albert Central School and Melbourne Grammar School.

The first file in this series contains cuttings, quotations and a few letters that Clark assembled when he first considered writing an autobiography. The rest of the papers comprise the handwritten draft of The puzzles of childhood, various typescript drafts, correspondence, research material, reviews and photographs. The research material comprises booklets, leaflets, photocopies of documents, microfilm printouts, photographs, letters from libraries and other sources. The photographs are of special note, consisting of both original prints and copies of images of Clark's parents, brothers and other members of his family, social gatherings, school groups and cricket teams.

There is a file of correspondence relating to Clark's research for the book. The other files contain letters from Penguin Books and the publishing contract and many letters from friends, acquaintances and general readers. The correspondents include Bruce Sims (Penguin Books), Peg McColl (Penguin Books), Beryl Hill (Penguin Books), Ruth Park, Geoffrey Blainey, Marjorie Pitt, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Barrett Reid, Bernard Smith, John Legge, Chester Eagle, Jill Roe, Brenda Niall, Helen Garner and Gwyn Dow.

Material for an autobiography, 1986 (File 1_2) - Box 169
Manuscript (File 3) - Box 169
Typescript with manuscript amendments (File 4_6) - Box 169, 170
Typescript (File 7_9) - Box 170
Typescript (File 10_12) - Box 170
Draft (File 13_14) - Box 170, 171
Incomplete draft (File 15) - Box 171
Final draft (File 16_17) - Box 171
Research material: Hassall and Marsden (File 18_20) - Box 171
Research material: Dad and Mum in Kempsey (File 21) - Box 171
Research material: Phillip Island (File 22) - Box 171
Photographs, 1907-88 (File 23_25) - Box 172
Illustrations (File 26) - Box 172
Miscellaneous papers (File 27) - Box 172
Correspondence, 1983-89 (File 28) - Box 172
Correspondence, 1988-91 (File 29_32) - Box 172, 173
Reviews and comments, 1989-90 (File 33_34) - Box 173

Series 25. The quest for grace, 1989-91

The second volume of Clark's autobiography, which originally had the title 'Puzzles of the riper years', roughly covered the years 1934-62. It dealt with his time as an undergraduate at Melbourne University, his travels in Europe in 1938-39 and studies at Oxford, his work as a teacher at Geelong Grammar School, his return to Melbourne University as a lecturer in 1944, the beginnings of his interest in Australian history and his early years in Canberra.

The papers comprise several drafts of the book (including the original manuscript), research material, photographs, correspondence and reviews and comments. There are letters from the publisher, but most of the correspondence is from friends, acquaintances and general readers commenting on or criticizing the book. The correspondents include Beryl Hill (Penguin Books), Humphrey McQueen, Geoffrey Dutton, George Zubrzycki, Gordon Powell, Amirah Inglis, Colin Moodie, Bruce Anderson, Michael Thwaites, Elizabeth Riddell, Wilfrid Prest, Bede Nairn, Suzanne Wellborn, Barry Humphries, A. T Yarwood and Bill Gammage.

Manuscript (File 1_3) - Box 173
Draft with editor's amendments (File 4_6) - Box 173, 174
Draft, Jan. 1990 (File 7_9) - Box 174
Draft, March 1990 (File 10_12) - Box 174
Draft, editor's copy (File 13_15) - Box 174, 175
Final draft (File 16_18) - Box 175
Research material (File 19) - Box 175
Research material: debate on Spanish Civil War, 1937 (File 20) - Box 175
Security reports, 1948 (File 21) - Box 175
Illustrations (File 22) - Box 175
Correspondence, 1990 (File 23) - Box 176
Correspondence, 1990-91 (File 24_27) - Box 176
Reviews and comments, 1990-91 (File 28_29) - Box 176

Series 26. A historian's apprenticeship, 1990-91

Clark wrote the drafts of this book in the last months of his life. After his death the four chapters were edited by Dymphna Clark, who reduced them to three: Wanting to tell the story, Learning to tell the story, Trying to tell the story. The book also contained two excerpts from A history of Australia on W. C Wentworth and Robert O'Hara Burke. It was published by Melbourne University Press in 1992.

This series contains Clark's manuscript and three typescript drafts.

Manuscript (File 1_2) - Box 176
Typescript (File 3) - Box 177
Typescript (File 4) - Box 177
Typescript (File 5_6) - Box 177

Series 27. Manuscripts, 1931-91

Clark wrote relatively few articles for academic journals, but he was a prolific writer of articles, reviews and short pieces for newspapers, popular magazines and professional journals. This series contains manuscripts, typescripts, offprints, cuttings and occasionally whole issues of journals. There are articles, book reviews, news commentaries, school broadcasts, addresses, eulogies and forewords to books. Letters are sometimes attached to the manuscripts. In the 1980s his filing system became more erratic and the files contain cuttings and other items that were not written by Clark but simply quote him or refer to him.

The manuscripts were arranged chronologically by Clark, beginning with a short piece on the Australian Aborigine published in The Melburnian in 1931. His output was very high in the 1950s, but declined in the 1960s, presumably because he was concentrating on A history of Australia. It increased again in the mid-1970s and remained at a high level until his death.

The last group of files contain some more substantial writings. In particular, there is material for a life of W. C Wentworth which Clark was planning to write in the 1970s but which he eventually abandoned.

1931-33 (File 1) - Box 177
1940-45 (File 2) - Box 177
1947-48 (File 3) - Box 177
1948-49 (File 4) - Box 177
1950-52 (File 5) - Box 177
1953 (File 6) - Box 178
1954 (File 7) - Box 178
1955 (File 8) - Box 178
1956-58 (File 9) - Box 178
1959 (File 10) - Box 178
1960 (File 11) - Box 178
1961 (File 12) - Box 178
1962-63 (File 13) - Box 178
1964 (File 14) - Box 178
1965 (File 15) - Box 179
1966 (File 16) - Box 179
1967 (File 17) - Box 179
1968 (File 18) - Box 179
1969 (File 19) - Box 179
1970 (File 20) - Box 179
1971 (File 21) - Box 179
1972 (File 22) - Box 179
1973 (File 23) - Box 179
1974 (File 24) - Box 180
1975 (File 25) - Box 180
1976 (File 26_27) - Box 180
1977 (File 28_29) - Box 180
1978 (File 30_31) - Box 180
1979 (File 32_35) - Box 180, 181
1980 (File 36_37) - Box 181
1981 (File 38_39) - Box 181
1982 (File 40_41) - Box 181
1983 (File 42_43) - Box 182
1984 (File 44_47) - Box 182
1985 (File 48_50) - Box 182, 183
1986 (File 51_53) - Box 183
1987 (File 54_55) - Box 183
1988 (File 56_58) - Box 183-184
1989 (File 59_60) - Box 184
1990 (File 61_62) - Box 184
1991 (File 63) - Box 184
The origins of the convicts, 1951 (File 64_65) - Box 184
Transportation (File 66) - Box 184
The rewriting of Australian history, 1953 (File 67) - Box 185
The teaching of history in Australia, 1955 (File 68_69) - Box 185
Occasional publications, 1952-62 (File 70_71) - Box 185
Sketches for a life of W. C Wentworth, 1980 (File 72) - Box 185
W. C Wentworth, 1790-1810 (File 73_75) - Box 185
W. C Wentworth illustrations (File 76) - Box 185
Children's history of Australia, 1981-88 (File 77) - Box 186
Reviews, prefaces, references and other drafts (File 78_79) - Box 186
Miscellaneous drafts (File 80) - Box 186

Series 28. Lectures, 1940-87

This small series contains rough notes for lectures, as well as manuscripts and typescripts of lectures and addresses delivered at universities and many other public places. It overlaps with the previous series. After 1974 Clark no longer separated lectures from his other manuscripts.

1940-59 (File 1) - Box 186
1960-64 (File 2) - Box 186
1965-69 (File 3) - Box 186
1970-74 (File 4_5) - Box 186
1974 (File 6) - Box 186
1987 (File 7) - Box 187
Occasional lectures, 1947-57 (File 8) - Box 187

Series 29. Subject files, 1936-91

The files in this series were all created by Clark, but they did not form a definite sequence. Some of them provide documentation of events, organisations or projects in which Clark was involved, such as his Order of Australia award in 1975, his membership of the Australian Society of Authors, and his assistance to the Parliament House Construction Authority in the early 1980s. These files may contain letters, but they mostly comprise roneoed papers, cuttings and printed items. The other files, especially those on individuals, are essentially reference files and consist largely of cuttings, photocopies and printed items. Occasionally, however, there will be some letters. For instance, the files on David Campbell contain letters about the funeral oration delivered by Clark in 1979.

It should be noted that in the case of some individuals, such as Eleanor Dark, Patricia Dobrez, Judah Waten and Patrick White, there are files of letters in Series 1, whereas the files in this Series contains cuttings or other items about these writers.

Aborigines, 1970-80 (File 1) - Box 187
Aborigines and the land, 1985 (File 2) - Box 187
Age Book of the Year, 1974-75 (File 3) - Box 187
Australian Humanities Research Council, 1961 (File 4) - Box 187
Australian National Anthem Quest, 1973 (File 5) - Box 187
Australian of the Year: cuttings, 1980 (File 6) - Box 187
Australian Society of Authors, 1976-77 (File 7_8) - Box 187, 188
Bicentenary projects, 1985-86 (File 9) - Box 188
Bicentennial history, 1984-85 (File 10) - Box 188
Martin Boyd, n.d (File 11) - Box 188
David Campbell, 1973-79 (File 12) - Box 188
David Campbell, 1975-89 (File 13_16) - Box 188
Axel Clark: Christopher Brennan, a critical biography (File 17) - Box 189
Companion of Order of Australia, 1975 (File 18) - Box 189
Contemporary Australia, 1986-90 (File 19) - Box 189
Eleanor Dark, 1936-42 (File 20) - Box 189
William Dobell, 1944-65 (File 21) - Box 189
Patricia Dobrez, 1982-91 (File 22) - Box 189
Doctorates, 1980-88 (File 23) - Box 189
Noel Ebbels, 1952-60 (File 24) - Box 189
Malcolm Fraser, 1966-83 (File 25_26) - Box 189
Romaldo Giungola, 1982 (File 27) - Box 190
R. J Hawke, 1978-83 (File 28) - Box 190
Stephen Holt: Manning Clark and Australian history, 1982 (File 29) - Box 190
A. D Hope, 1954-87 (File 30) - Box 190
Barry Humphries, 1965-89 (File 31_32) - Box 190
Industrial tycoons, 1980-85 (File 33) - Box 190
Libraries, 1989 (File 34) - Box 190
Literary awards, 1969-79 (File 33) - Box 190
McPhee Gribble cassette, 1987 (File 35) - Box 190
Humphrey McQueen, 1967-88 (File 37) - Box 191
David Malouf, 1988-90 (File 38) - Box 191
Sir Robert Menzies, 1960-74 (File 39) - Box 191
Lionel Murphy, 1982-87 (File 40) - Box 191
Sir Sidney Nolan, 1963-89 (File 41) - Box 191
Parliament House, 1987-88 (File 42) - Box 191
Parliament House Construction Authority, 1984 (File 43_45) - Box 191
Parliament House wall inscriptions, 1985 (File 46) - Box 192
Parliament House Construction Authority, 1985-86 (File 47_49) - Box 192
Petrov Case, 1955 (File 50) - Box 192
Russian Revolution, 1979-86 (File 51) - Box 192
Save Wyewurk Emergency Committee, 1988 (File 52) - Box 192
Ten best books of the decade, 1974-83 (File 53) - Box 192
Ian Turner, 1978-79 (File 54) - Box 192
Judah Waten, n.d (File 55) - Box 192
Patrick White, 1961-82 (File 56_57) - Box 193
Patrick White, 1961-91 (File 58) - Box 193
Gough Whitlam, 1973 (File 59) - Box 193
Will, 1989 (File 60) - Box 193

Series 30. Family correspondence, 1958-75 Restricted

Clark directed that his letters to his wife and family and letters from his wife and children should be held under restricted access. There were no separate files of family letters, but some letters were found in the general correspondence, mainly dating from 1958-64 and 1971-75. These letters have been segregated and arranged by correspondent.

Dymphna Clark, 1958-65 (File 1) - Box 195
Dymphna Clark, 1964-71 (File 2) - Box 195
Dymphna Clark, 1975 (File 3) - Box 195
Sebastian Clark, 1958-60 (File 4) - Box 195
Sebastian Clark, 1961-71 (File 5) - Box 195
Sebastian Clark, 1975 (File 6) - Box 195
Katerina Clark, 1958-60 (File 7) - Box 195
Katerina Clark, 1961-66 (File 8) - Box 195
Katernina Clark, 1971-72 (File 9) - Box 195
Katerina Clark, 1975 (File 10) - Box 196
Axel Clark, 1958-61 (File 11) - Box 196
Axel Clark, 1964-71 (File 12) - Box 196
Andrew Clark, 1958-71 (File 13) - Box 196
Rowland Clark, 1964-72 (File 14) - Box 196
Benedict Clark, 1965-75 (File 15) - Box 196

Series 31. Miscellaneous papers, 1937-90

Personal and family documents, 1938-52 (File 1) - Box 193
University of Sydney, Doctor of Letters, 1988 (File 2) - Box 193
Brian Fitzpatrick's testimonial dinner (1964) and memorial dinner (1984) (File 3) - Box 193
Axel Lodewycks, 1990 (File 4) - Box 194
Photograph of David Chambers (File 5) - Box 194
Publications (File 6) - Box 194
University of Melbourne graduation certificates of Manning Clark and Dymphna Lodewyckx, 1937-44 (3 documents, folio) (File 7) - Folio 1

Class Acc03_178. Consignment added 2003

Comprises further papers of Manning Clark.

Contained in 2 boxes.


Top