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The papers document Newton's role as a financial writer for the New York Post and as an adviser to bankers, sharebrokers and politicians, as well as a prolific publicist and columnist. They include correspondence, faxes, diaries, cutting books, photographs, tapes, videos, newsletters and magazines. With the exception of the photograph albums, the papers date almost entirely from Newton's years in America and there is very little on his career in Australia.
The strengths of the collection include comprehensive runs of Newton's daily newsletters including the New York Money Market Report, Maxwell Newton's Confidential Hotline and The Fed Magazine.
Correspondents include Larry Henry, Paul Weaver, Ned Chase, Scott Ivey, Sir Charles Court, Frank Devine, James Blanchard, Mark Levit, H.W. Arndt, Graham Dyer, Elizabeth Currier, Greg Copley, G. Jurkowich, Malcolm Forbes, J. V. Deaver, Milton Friedman, ENT Ltd and Collins & Co.
The papers document Newton's career after he moved to New York in 1980. While there is a small amount of Australian correspondence, there is very little on his early career as a journalist in Australia.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn239288).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Maxwell Newton, National Library of Australia, MS 9362, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers were purchased by the National Library from Mrs Olivia Newton in 1992.
The first part of the series contains letters exchanged between Maxwell Newton and his daughter Sarah and letters and sympathy cards to his third wife Valerie 'Olivia' Newton after his death in 1990.
Other correspondents include Larry Henry, Paul Weaver, Ned Chase, Scott Ivey, Sir Charles Court, Frank Devine, James Blanchard, Mark Levit, H.W. Arndt, Graham Dyer, Elizabeth Currier, Greg Copley, G. Jurkowich, Malcolm Forbes, J. V. Deaver, Milton Friedman, Rupert Murdoch, Collins & Co, and ENT Ltd. There are very few examples of Newton's letters as he did not keep copies of his replies.
The papers were originally filed in an alphabetical sequence. While this arrangement has not been maintained, the arrangement of papers within each file were preserved along with Newton's original file titles.
A series of pocket appointment diaries kept by Newton in the period 1981-90, which contain brief entries written in his own hand.
In 1980 Newton accepted Rupert Murdoch's invitation to write a daily economic and financial column for the New York Post. While in the United States he founded Maxnews Financial Network Inc., a financial consulting and publishing firm which published daily, weekly and monthly financial reports. With his newsletters New York Money Market Report and Maxwell Newton: confidential money report Newton advised pension funds, money market managers, brokerage houses, investment banks, government securities dealers and wealthy individuals in the United States. His weekly reports on Central Bank's Action and the Capital Markets and Global Currencies Opportunities were faxed throughout the world. He also published The Fed, a monthly magazine of central banking and the capital markets and a sister monthly newsletter Fed Update.
In 1983 Newton completed The Fed, a critical study of the Federal Reserve, America's central bank. It was published in the same year by New York Times Books.
Newton was a regular contributor of articles and reviews to a number of Australian and overseas newspapers, magazines and journals. As a freelance writer, he submitted numerous pieces on Australian economics and politics and wrote a number of attacks on the Whitlam government's economic policies. After his appointment to Rupert Murdoch's New York Post in 1980, he was increasingly sought after as a public speaker in the United States. Filed in this series are drafts of several speeches he prepared in this capacity.
A small collection of black and white and colour photographs, mostly depicting Newton as a boy with his family as well as photographs taken while he was in Cambridge. There are also several images of professional associates, including Rupert Murdoch.
Bundle 1, one cassette only
Compact cassette tape
Consumer formats - VHS, S-VHS etc.