Guide to the Papers of Dominica and Kate Nelson


MS 9349

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Dominica and Kate Nelson
Papers of Dominica and Kate Nelson
Date Range
1983 - 1987
Collection Number
MS 9349
0.6 metres (4 ms boxes + 1 sound/av carrier)
Language of Materials
Special Collections (Manuscripts)


Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, draft chapters, final chapters, galley proofs and book reviews for the book Sweet mothers, sweet maids : journeys from Catholic childhoods edited by Dominica and Kate Nelson.

The 20 contributors to the book were Val Hawkes, Deirdre Cook, Veronica Brady, Pauline Toner, Eileen Balsamo, Anne Gorman, Lorna Hannan, Barbara Rooney, Babette Francis, Mary Larnach-Jones, Kerry Eccles, Therese Radic, Kathleen Curmi, Anna Rutherford, Caty Kyne, Lilyan Staniforth, Margaret O'Sullivan, Pamela Winter, Venetia Nelson and Amanda Lohrey.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Dominica and Kate Nelson, National Library of Australia, MS 9349, [box number and series and/or file number]'.


The papers of Dominica and Kate Nelson were purchased by the National Library in 1999.


The collection was organised into folders when received by the Library. The order of the folders has been imposed by the Library.

Biographical Note

Dominica and Kate Nelson were the co-editors of the anthology Sweet mothers, sweet maids : journeys from Catholic childhoods published by Penguin Australia Ltd in 1986.

Item Descriptions

A list of possible contributors to the project. There is also some background material consisting of newscuttings and journal articles on various Australian women who appear on the list (File 1) - Box 1

First drafts and outlines from contributors. Published journal articles from a small number of contributors have also been collected (File 2 _ 3) - Box 1

Early drafts after editing (File 4 _ 5) - Box 1

Final edited draft (File 6 _ 7) - Box 1

Photocopy of final edited drafts (File 8 _ 9) - Box 2

Drafts of Introduction (File 10) - Box 2

Copy of the book cover and galley proofs (File 11 _ 12) - Box 2

Letters written to and received from possible contributors during 1984 - 86. Some of the letters offered advice on the rewriting of chapters after an initial edit had been done or ask for photographs of significant events in the lives of contributors. Others declined the invitation to contribute to the book. The file also contains a set of form letters sent out to all contributors over this period which document the progress of the publication (File 13) - Box 3

Predominantly copies of all outward correspondence sent by the editors from 1983 - 86. There are a small number of letters giving advice on publishing (File 14) - Box 3

Letters received during 1986, some minutes of meetings and general notes relating to the publication (File 15) - Box 3

Minutes of meetings with editors in 1985 - 86 (File 16) - Box 3

Biographical notes on the contributors. The information was provided by the contributors (File 17) - Box 3

Correspondence with the publishers, Penguin Australia Ltd in 1985 - 86 and contract details. There is also a letter from the Australian Copyright Council relating to contractual arrangements between the authors and editors (File 18) - Box 3

Copies of form letters sent to authors setting out the contractual arrangements and the copyright conditions for their individual contributions to the publication. There is also a copy of the contract (File 19) - Box 3

Details of the book launch on 7 November 1986 with a list of those attending. There is also an itinerary for media interviews along with a tape of some of these interviews. The file contains many letters of thanks and congratulations on the publication of the book (File 20) - Box 4

Book reviews from newspapers and journals (File 21) - Box 4

Tape of Radio Interviews, 3AW 3AR, Sweet Mothers Sweet Maids, Media Launch [1 of 1], November 1986 (Item NLA.MS-SAV003710) - Cassette-Box 188

1 item, Klarion C90, Compact cassette tape