Guide to the Papers of Dorothy Green
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Green, Dorothy
- Papers of Dorothy Green
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 5678
- 16.74 metres (88 archive boxes + 1 medium elephant folio)
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
- This finding aid was revised and published with the assistance of the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.
Scope and Contents
The collection includes material relating to Green's career as a journalist; as co-principal of Presbyterian Girl's College in Warwick, Queensland; and as a lecturer in Australian, English and American literature in Monash University, the Australian National University and the Australian Defence Force Academy. There is also material pertaining to Green's diverse interests and research, as well as personal, financial and family papers.
Conditions Governing Access
Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1272711).
Conditions Governing Use
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Dorothy Green, National Library of Australia, MS 5678, [series and/or file number]'.
Some papers were given by Dorothy Green to the Library in various consignments between 1981 and 1990. The bulk of the material (80 boxes, one carton and one folio) was purchased by the Library from Dorothy Green's children following her death in 1991.
The National Library holds the papers of Green's husband, H.M. Green (MS 3925).
Other papers of Dorothy Green are held in the Australian Defence Force Academy Library, Canberra.
Dorothy Auchterlonie was born in County Durham, England, in 1915 and educated in England and at the University of Sydney. In 1944 she married H.M. Green, the University Librarian at the University of Sydney. She worked as a reader, journalist and news editor with the News Service of the ABC (1942-49) and was co-principal of the Presbyterian Girls' College in Warwick, Queensland (1955-60). She was a lecturer in Australian, English and American literature at Monash University (1961-63), the Australian National University (1964-72) and the Australian Defence Force Academy (1979-87).
Green's publications included The music of love: critical essays on literature and life (1984), Ulysses bound: a study of Henry Handel Richardson and her fiction (1986) and Descent of spirit: writing of E.L. Grant Watson (1990). She also produced a revised edition of her husband's A History of Australian literature (1984-85).
Green died in 1991.
Some of the letters appear to have been kept in separate groups. To keep this original order, the correspondence has been arranged into five subseries.
The major correspondents include Diana Baillieu, Barbara Barnes, Martin Boyd, Alec Bolton, Jenny Bosse, Jennifer and Geoff Campbell, Janet Carden, Clem Christesen, Betty Combie, R.D. FitzGerald, A.D. Hope, Margaret Lewis, James McAuley, Joy MacMillan, Greg and Ruth Paris, Elizabeth Perkins, Christina Stead, Kylie Tennant and Judith Wright.
The business correspondence contains letters from publishers as well as other writers. They include Allen and Unwin, Angus and Robertson, ANU Press and Quadrant. Some of the correspondents are George Munster, Brian Chugg, Sara Dowse, Gwen Harwood, Barry Roberts and Elizabeth Webby.
The papers in this series have been arranged into subseries - Subseries 2A-2G.
Correspondence, notes, drafts, research material, cuttings, author and galley proofs, and photocopies pertaining to the book. The research material includes photocopies of correspondence between Walter Lindesay Richardson and his family (1859-79). There is also a large body of correspondence with William Norris, who shared the same interest in Henry Handel Richardson. Norris also sent Green cuttings and photocopies pertaining to Richardson. The correspondents include Clem Christesen, Geoff Serle, Margaret Capon, Olga Roncoroni, and Walter, Mary and Patrick Neustatter.
This piece on Martin Boyd was not published.
This subseries consists of correspondence, drafts, typescripts, notes, photocopies and cuttings for a proposed book on the novelist Martin Boyd. The correspondents include Martin Boyd, Arthur Boyd, Phyllis Boyd, Gerry A. Wilkes, Paul de Serville, Rodney Wetherell and Reverend J. Guidera. The typescripts include copies of articles by Green, Brenda Niall, Patricia Dobrez and Pamela Ruskin. (11 folders)
Published by Penguin Books, 1984
The series includes drafts, typescripts and photocopies. Some of the essays included in the book had been published as separate articles. (4 folders)
Published by Angus and Robertson, 1984-85.
The two volumes were originally written by H.M. Green and published in 1962. The series contains research notes, photocopies and roneoed material which were used in this revised edition. Some research material was for the proposed, but never completed, third volume. (7 folders)
Most of the reviews and articles were published in the Canberra Times and some of them were used in The music of love. The series includes drafts, photocopies, cuttings and copies of Green's letters to the editor of the Canberra Times. (24 folders)
This series contains drafts and notes on various subjects including Christina Stead (typescript of 'Chaos, or a dancing star' by Green and a copy of Chris Williams' draft of her book Christina Stead), Joyce Carey (for other material on Carey see Series 7), Joseph Furphy, Ginger Meggs, Henry Kendall, Alexander Pope, William Dunbar and a typescript 'François Villon: ruffian, robber, murderer and poet'. (17 folders)
The series includes financial papers relating to the sales of properties (including a house in Queen Street, Ulverstone, Tasmania and a unit in Punt Road, South Yarra, Victoria, 1961-80), school certificates and prizes (1928-32), telegrams sent on Green's wedding day (May 1944), papers relating to visits to England (1974) and Yugoslavia (1979), drafts of Green's M.A. thesis on Thomas Lovell Beddoes (Sydney University, 1940), miscellaneous correspondence and miscellaneous documents of James Thompson (Auchterlonnie?, 1919-32). The correspondents include Jose Moravec and Mirko Jurak. (12 folders)
The papers relating to Green's career as a journalist (1943-52) include typescripts of articles, typescripts of ABC news and letters from her editors, Dorothy Drain, Esme Fenston and John Quinn.
Green was co-principal of the Presbyterian Girls' College in Warwick, Queensland (1957-60). The papers include cuttings, photographs and letters of Constance Mackness. (8 folders)
This small series comprises a copy of Green's letter of application for the position of lecturership in English and Australian literature, roneoed material, drafts and cuttings. (9 folders)
Notes, drafts, roneoed material and photocopies used for teaching Australian literature, Greek and medieval drama. (7 folders)
The series includes typescripts and drafts of lectures and tutorials (eg. William Blake, Joyce Carey, Emily Dickinson, Anna Broadstreet and Ed Taylor), drafts of papers given at seminars and conferences (eg. 'Language and inner life', 'The shock of battle', 'Gorbachev's Vladivostock initiative', 'Directions in Australian literary criticism and scholarship' and a seminar on the poet Francis Webb) and correspondence. The correspondents include W.G. Spooner, D.L. Moore and Kevin McBrearty. There is also some correspondence with John Cawte, Michael Dudley and Rosemary Dobson concerning the seminar on Francis Webb in 1983, and copies of Webb's letters to Clem Christesen (1961-70).
Dorothy Green's drafts of mostly unidentified lectures. The papers in this series were acquired by the Library in 1987 .
Green received a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 1979 to work on the new edition of A history of Australian literature and was made an Emeritus Fellow in 1984. The series comprises circulars, leaflets and correspondence.The correspondents include Michael Costigan, Elaine Lindsay, Tom Shapcott, Irene Stevens, Kevin Waddell, W.R. Cumming and A.A. Staley (3 folders).
Green was a member of the Society. The series contains newsletters, copies of Australian Author (1982-85), roneoed material and circulars. (4 folders)
Dorothy Green was a member of ASAL. The series includes papers written and delivered by Green at the conferences ('A living history?' a keynote address given at ASAL 87 in Launceston and 'The road not taken?' a paper given at ASAL 88 in Sydney), a copy of a talk by Judith Wright given atASAL 85 and miscellaneous material relating to the Association. (7 folders)
The earliest conference paper found in this series is the U.N. Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East Lapstone Conference (1948), which Green attended on behalf of the ABC news service. Other conferences represented in the series include the National Identity Conference at the University of Queensland (1968), the Conference on the Teaching of Australian Literature at James Cook University of Northern Queensland (1971) and a symposium at the Salamanca Arts Festival in Hobart (1973). (15 folders)
The types of material found in this series reflect Green's diverse interests. Some of the papers were sent to Green by other writers and researchers because of her interest in the subjects. The series has been arranged into the following sub-series:
John Cawte was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Prince Henry Hospital at the University of New South Wales, who appears to have shared literary (eg. the poet Francis Webb) and other interests (eg. mental illness) with Green. The series comprises Cawte's letters to Green, photocopies (mostly published articles written by Cawte), cuttings and printed material. (8 folders)
The series includes a typescript by Green 'Conditioned man' [n.d.], leaflets, photocopies and printed material. ( 3 folders)
Green had a strong interest in the peace and nuclear disarmament movement. The series includes typescripts by Green (including 'Aspidistra and coca cola': a speech delivered at the meeting of the Australian Association for Armed Neutrality in April 1988 and 'Nuclear war: a personal view': a paper delivered at a conference in Wollongong in September 1982), articles and letters by Alex Carey, material pertaining to the Australian Council of Churches, cuttings, photocopies and printed material (eg. Peace dossier, 1982-86 and Peace studies, 1984-85).
Notebook, typescript by Green on Harold F. Stewart and printed material. (3 folders)
Typescripts (including 'A way of living or an article of commerce?' by Green), roneoed and printed material. (4 folders)
Notes, cuttings, photocopies, roneoed material concerning the production of 'Everyman' in Canberra in 1965, the ACT Arts Council Autumn Poetry Festival in 1970 and others. (7 folders)
Typescripts, including 'The road not taken' by Green and 'Aborigines and mining' by Judith Wright, and printed material. (4 folders)
Typescripts and photocopies sent to Green by other writers including, John Kenneth Galbraith ('The age of uncertainties'), Humphrey McQueen (on Petrov), J. Enoch Powell, Andrew Lohrey, Peter Newman, Tony Fitzgerald, Tony Page, Sverker Sörlin and P.R. Stephensen.
Correspondence, notes, typescripts, photocopies and cuttings relating to various topics, including immigration, Monash University's Women Biography Project (1981-83), feminism, Word Festival, E.L. Grant Watson, Serbo-Croatia issues and copies of Le Gay Brereton's letters to Duncan Hall (the original letters are at NLA MS 7229). The main correspondents are Marilyn Lake, Farley Kelly, Jean Ada and Heather E. Peek. (12 folders)
Some of the cuttings had been arranged according to their subjects by the donor and this order has been maintained. The series has been arranged into two subseries.
American literature: general
American literature: prose
American Literature: verse
Andersen, Hans Christian
Conan Doyle, Arthur
De la Mare, Walter
Poe, Edgar Alan
Romanticism and Classicism
Verse - modern
Arms industry - firearms
Art in Australia
Bicentennial (Aborigines, Cook
Bjelke Petersen, Johannes
Boredom (Graham Greene
Canberra - history, literacy, etc
China (Beijing massacres)
Churches: Russian Orthodox
Civil liberties: police powers
Clark, Manning: Hughes, Helen
Computers: artificial intelligence
Computers: electronic democracy
Constitution (U.S. and Australian)
Defence (including Pine Gap)
Fiji - New Caledonia
Freedom of information
French nuclear tests
Furlong, Hillary (Australian Film Commission
Green Paper (Education)
Hawke Government record
Health: Women's health service
History (Road to Botany Bay)
India (wife burning)
Labor Party betrayals
Legal system (including Staples)
Macmahon Ball, William
Newspapers and pornography
Nuclear ships visit
Parliamentary education inservice network
Population explosion and peace
Public service: Australia
Publishing and the book trade
Scientists and Science (including SANA)
Self rule for Canberra
Soviet expansion (Gwyn Dyer)
Soviet Union (New Era): Chernobyl
Soviet Union: 'Greenies'
Stock market crash
Third World (Langmore)
Whitlam Dismissal (Pilger)
Women: under Hitler
Wood, Robert (NDP)
Yellow rain exposed
|17-18||1||Unsorted greeting cards|
|81-82 ??||15||Miscellaneous books and magazines|
|83-84 ??||15||Miscellaneous items|
|Folio 1||15||Medical records (Not available for research)|
|85-86||see series 1|