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The collection comprises subject files, correspondence, printed material and art works. The subject files, comprising research material, cuttings, photocopies and notes, were used by Cannon to write his books including Land boom and bust (1972); his trilogy Who's master? Who's man? (1971), Life in the country (c. 1973) and Life in the cities (c.1975); and The roaring days (1998).
The collection is available for research.
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Michael Cannon, National Library of Australia, MS 6205, [series/file number]'.
The collection was acquired in three instalments. The first two groups of papers were donated to the Library by Michael Cannon under the Tax Incentives for the Arts Scheme (Cultural Gifts Program) in 1979 (Boxes 1-11) and 1980 (Boxes 12-24). The 2001 addition (Boxes 25-29, plus elephant folios) was purchased by the Library from Cannon, together with the papers of his grandfather, Montague Grover (MS 6238). More papers were donated by Cannon in May and November 2003 (Series 3 / Folders 15-16).
The papers of Cannon's grandfather, Montague Grover, are held at MS 6268.
The Library has arranged the collection into four series: subject files, correspondence, printed material and art works. Cannon has kept most of the papers in titled manila folders. The Library has preserved both Cannon's arrangement and the file titles.
The series comprises notes, cuttings, photocopies and other research material used by Cannon to write his historical books. Papers in boxes 12-24 were used in writing his trilogy Who's master? Who's man? (1971), Life in the country (c. 1973) and Life in the cities (c.1975).
The series comprises Cannon's correspondence concerning his writing and his research, a case involving the Australian Wool Bureau and Carden Advertising (1959-1960), the dismissal of Cyril Pearl as editor of the Sunday Mirror (1959-1974) and J.C. Williamson Ltd. concerning a dispute between Lady Tait and Dorothy Parker (1966-1971).
The series comprises printed items such as pamphlets, cuttings and circulars. Cannon has arranged and listed the material under the name of the authors.
The series comprises drawings and cartoons. They have been arranged and listed by Cannon under the name of the artists.