Guide to the Papers of Peter Read

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MS 8430

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Collection Summary

Creator
Read, Peter, Dr.
Title
Papers of Peter Read
Date Range
1976 - 1998
Collection Number
MS 8430
Extent
3 metres (10 ms boxes + 2 map folios + 4 digital carriers + 3 sound/av carriers)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Manuscripts)

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises three distinct parts. The first, being papers relating to Reid's biography of Charles Perkins, was donated in 1991. It consists of correspondence, press cuttings, contractual negotiations, photographic orders, reviews, photographs and drafts relating to the biography. The second part consists of papers relating to Long time, olden time.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2877430).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Peter Read, National Library of Australia, MS 8430, [series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The original consignment of papers was donated in 1994 and consists of correspondence, photographs, maps, notes and corrected drafts, as well as the book, 3 audio tapes (with master reels) and CD-Rom. In February 1998 a further donation of draft manuscripts and correspondence documenting Read's study Returning to nothing was added to the collection.

A copy of Peter Read's Ph.D. thesis A history of the Wiradjuri people of New South Wales, (ANU 1983) is also held in the Manuscript Section (MS 1021). Most of Read's original tape recordings of the 150 interviews he recorded with Charles Perkins and his contemporaries in the course of researching the Perkins biography are held in the National Library's Oral History Section. Six 10" master audio reels held in Oral History at TRC 3403.

Biographical Note

DateEvent
1945Born
1980With Coral Edwards founded Link-Up, an organisation to re-unite Aboriginal families separated as a result of a 1915 amendment to the NSW Aboriginal Protection Act.
1983Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
1984Received Crawford Medal for his PhD thesis on the history of the Wiradjuri people
1984Publication of Down there with me on the Cowra Mission
1988Publication of A Hundred years war
1989Publication of The lost children
1990Publication of Charles Perkins, a biography, funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
1991-92Lecturer in History Department, Australian National University
1992Publication of Long time, olden time in book form with three accompanying audio tapes
1993-Fellow in History Department, Australian National University
1993Publication of CD-Rom version of Long time, olden time
1996Publication of Returning to nothing, which was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Australian Unity Award of the same year
DateEvent
1945Born
1980With Coral Edwards founded Link-Up, an organisation to re-unite Aboriginal families separated as a result of a 1915 amendment to the NSW Aboriginal Protection Act.
1983Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
1984Received Crawford Medal for his PhD thesis on the history of the Wiradjuri people
1984Publication of Down there with me on the Cowra Mission
1988Publication of A Hundred years war
1989Publication of The lost children
1990Publication of Charles Perkins, a biography, funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
1991-92Lecturer in History Department, Australian National University
1992Publication of Long time, olden time in book form with three accompanying audio tapes
1993-Fellow in History Department, Australian National University
1993Publication of CD-Rom version of Long time, olden time
1996Publication of Returning to nothing, which was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Australian Unity Award of the same year

Item Descriptions

Class [unnumbered]. Original consignment

Series A, Part 1. Charles Perkins, a biography, 1986-90 - Papers

Initial letter from Read to Perkins (6 April 1986) proposing the biography; application by Read to the Australian Institute for Aboriginal Studies for funding; press cuttings relating to controversy over the grant; correspondence between Read and interviewees, 1987-88 (File 1) - Box 1
Press cuttings collected by Read for the biography, 1987-90, including the original letter from Perkins to Read, the subject of an article in the Australian, 6 September 1989; correspondence with publisher and editor, 1988-90 (File 2) - Box 1
Contractual negotiations, 1989; 18 photographs used, or considered for use in the biography; some correspondence re illustrations (File 3) - Box 1
Readers' comments on manuscript (Dr Jeremy Beckett; anon; Kim Wilson), 1990 Legal matters; permission to quote material received/not received from individuals named in the book ; lawyer's comments, queries and suggestions, 1990; pre-publication publicity, 1990 (File 4) - Box 1
Reviews of biography; submissions and proposals by Perkins to Department of Aboriginal Affairs, 1974 and 1978, with comments by Departmental officers (File 5) - Box 1
Press and magazine cuttings collected, mostly by Perkins, 1961-90, including several unpublished speeches typewritten by Perkins with handwritten annotations (File 6_7) - Box 1
Captions, some photographs and exhibits from ANU Open Day display, including newspaper poster 'Perkins gets the sack' (File 8_9) - Box 2

Series A, Part 2. Charles Perkins, a biography, 1986-90 - manuscripts

ms 1: First draft, June 1987-Sept 1987. Annotations by Professor Oliver Macdonagh (History RSSS, ANU), and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 1-2 (File 10) - Box 2
ms 1: First draft, June 1987-Sept 1987. Annotations by Professor Oliver Macdonagh (History RSSS, ANU), and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 3-4 (File 11) - Box 2
ms 1: First draft, June 1987-Sept 1987. Annotations by Professor Oliver Macdonagh (History RSSS, ANU), and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 5-7 (File 12) - Box 2
ms 1: First draft, June 1987-Sept 1987. Annotations by Professor Oliver Macdonagh (History RSSS, ANU), and Eileen Perkins, Chapter 8 (File 13) - Box 2
ms 1: First draft, June 1987-Sept 1987. Annotations by Professor Oliver Macdonagh (History RSSS, ANU), and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 9-10 (File 14) - Box 2
ms 2: Draft 2, copy 1, December 1989. Comments and annotations by Charles and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 1-3 (File 15) - Box 3
ms 2: Draft 2, copy 1, December 1989. Comments and annotations by Charles and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 4-5 (File 16) - Box 3
ms 2: Draft 2, copy 1, December 1989. Comments and annotations by Charles and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 6-8 (File 17) - Box 3
ms 2: Draft 2, copy 1, December 1989. Comments and annotations by Charles and Eileen Perkins, Chapters 9-10 (File 18) - Box 3
ms 3: Draft 2, copy 2, December 2989. Comments and annotations by author and Jay Arthur, Chapters 1-3 (File 19) - Box 3
ms 3: Draft 2, copy 2, December 2989. Comments and annotations by author and Jay Arthur, Chapters 4-5 (File 20) - Box 3
ms 3: Draft 2, copy 2, December 2989. Comments and annotations by author and Jay Arthur, Chapters 6-8 (File 21) - Box 3
ms 3: Draft 2, copy 2, December 2989. Comments and annotations by author and Jay Arthur, Chapters 9-10 (File 22) - Box 3
ms 4: Draft 2, Copy 3, (Chapters 9 and 10 only) sent to Perkins' lawyer, Graham Hryce for comment (File 23) - Box 3
ms 5-6: Draft 3, April 1990, Chapters 1, 9 and 10. Annotations by Perkins. Chapter 1 annotations were made after reading it to his relatives in Alice Springs (File 24) - Box 3
ms 7-8: Draft 3, September 1990, chapters 9 and 10. Last minute annotations by G. Hryce at Perkins' request. Suggestions for amending foreword, written and typed by Eileen Perkins (File 25) - Box 4
ms 9: Final draft, with editor's markings, July 1990, Chapters 1-2 (File 26) - Box 4
ms 9: Final draft, with editor's markings, July 1990, Chapters 3-5 (File 27) - Box 4
ms 9: Final draft, with editor's markings, July 1990, Chapters 6-8 (File 28) - Box 4
ms 9: Final draft, with editor's markings, July 1990, Chapters 9-10 (File 29) - Box 4
ms 10: Page proofs, with author's and Perkins' markings; Disks for typesetting - 2 x 5¼" disks and 2 x 3½" disks (File 30) - Box 4
3.5" floppy disk - Verbatim Datalife. Disks used for typesetting of Charles Perkins, a biography. Disk 1: chapters 1-5. Disk 2 - Chapters 6-10. (Item NLA.MS-DM000107) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Physical Facet

3.5 inch floppy disk

5.25" floppy disk - Verbatim Datalife. Disks used for typesetting of Charles Perkins, a biography. Disk 3: 9.ibm, 7.ibm, 10.ibm, 6.ibm, biblio.ibm - unformatted. (Item NLA.MS-DM000108) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Physical Facet

5.25 inch floppy disk

5.25" floppy disk - Verbatim Datalife. Disks used for typesetting of Charles Perkins, a biography. Disk 4: 8.ibm. (Item NLA.MS-DM000109) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Physical Facet

5.25 inch floppy disk

Newspaper broadsheet with headline "Perkins gets the chop" from The Weekend Australian, November 5-6, 1988 (Map Drawer 41) (File Folio 1) - Folio [unnumbered]

Class [unnumbered]. Consignment received April 1994

Series B. Long time, olden time, 1976-93

Correspondence, 1976-77, including letters from the Northern Territory Department of Education (File 31) - Box 5
Correspondence mainly with people on stations etc. arranging to visit and exchanging information, 1977 (File 32) - Box 5
Correspondence, 1977 (File 33) - Box 5
Correspondence, 1978. Referee's reports on Version A; publishers' permission to use photographs etc. and general correspondence (File 34) - Box 5
Photographic proofs with list of captions; photographs of press reports supplied by the State Library of South Australia (see also Folio 2) (File 35) - Box 5
Explanatory notes on the history of the 4 versions of Long time, olden time. Version A: sole remaining page of original booklets and maps used in Version A (File 36) - Box 5
Version A: photocopy of booklets - Introduction (Book one) and Book 2 (File 37) - Box 5
Version A: Book 2 (second copy) and Book 3 (File 38) - Box 5
Version A: Book 4 (File 39) - Box 5
Version A: Books 5-6 (File 40) - Box 6
Version A: Book 7 (File 41) - Box 6
Version A: Book 9 (File 42) - Box 6
Version B: Copyright release and manuscript of Version B entitled A view of the past: Chapters 1-2 (File 43) - Box 6
Version B: Chapters 3-5 (File 44) - Box 6
Version B: Chapters 6-7 (File 45) - Box 6
Version B: Chapter 8 and notes, resource material (File 46) - Box 6
Version C: Correspondence with Institute of Aboriginal Development (publishers) (File 47) - Box 7
Version C: Permission to use recordings and transcripts (File 48) - Box 7
Version C: Institute of Aboriginal Development "mock up" and suggested formats (File 49) - Box 7
Draft of Version C, Part 1 (File 50) - Box 7
Draft of Version C, Part 2 (File 51) - Box 7
Version C: Long time, Olden time: Aboriginal accounts of Northern Territory history + 3 audio cassettes (File 52) - Box 7
'Long Time, Olden Time - Aboriginal Accounts of Northern Territory history' Audio Tape 1 [1 of 3], 1991 (Item NLA.MS-SAV002738) - Cassette-Box 35

Dimensions

Commercial cassette tape

Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

'Long Time, Olden Time - Aboriginal Accounts of Northern Territory history' Audio Tape 2 [2 of 3], 1991 (Item NLA.MS-SAV002739) - Cassette-Box 35

Dimensions

Commercial cassette tape

Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

'Long Time, Olden Time - Aboriginal Accounts of Northern Territory history' Audio Tape 3 [3 of 3], 1991 (Item NLA.MS-SAV002740) - Cassette-Box 35

Dimensions

Commercial cassette tape

Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

Version C: Six 10" master reels for the audio. Held by Sound Preservation at TRC 3403 (File 53) - Box 7
Version D: CD-Rom (File 54) - Box 7
Commercial data CD 'Long Time, Olden Time - Aboriginal Accounts of Northern Territory History - No White People bin here' collected and edited by Peter and Jay Read (Item NLA.MS-DM000110) - Digital-Carriers-Box 3

Physical Facet

Data CD (any content on recordable CD-R)

Photographs of press reports (Map Drawer 41) (see also File 35) (File Folio 2) - Folio [unnumbered]

Class [unnumbered]. Consignment received February 1998

Series C. Return to nothing: the meaning of lost places, 1994-98

Draft introduction and associated correspondence, 1994-96 (File 55) - Box 8
Draft Chapter 1 (File 56) - Box 8
Draft Chapter 2 (File 57) - Box 8
Draft Chapter 3 (File 58) - Box 8
Draft Chapter 4 (File 59) - Box 8
Draft Chapter 5 (File 60) - Box 8
Draft Chapter 6 (File 61) - Box 9
Draft Chapter 7 (File 62) - Box 9
Draft Chapter 8 (File 63) - Box 9
Draft Chapter 9 (File 64) - Box 9
Author's typescript corrections (File 65) - Box 9
Book list, bibliography (File 66) - Box 9
Related works (File 67) - Box 9
Letters of permission, 1994-97 (File 68) - Box 9
Pre and post-publication correspondence, 1994-97, including congratulatory letters (File 69) - Box 9
Reviews, 1996-98 (File 70) - Box 10
Awards, 1996-98 (File 71) - Box 10
Correspondence with publisher Cambridge University Press, 1995-97 and publicity material (File 72) - Box 10

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