Guide to the Papers of Thelma Hunter

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Collection Summary

Creator
Thelma Hunter
Title
Papers of Thelma Hunter
Date Range
1950-2000
Collection Number
MS 9353
Extent
4.9 metres (35 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, notes, typescripts, photographs, circulars, roneoed and printed material relating to Hunter's interests in women's issues and social policy, health politics and Indian politics.

The correspondents include Ulrich Ellis, R.I. Downing, Ronald Grieve, Enid Bach (Chairman of Suffragette Fellowship, England), Eva D. Spicer (Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church, England), Pamela Lewis (Status of Women Committee, England), I.B. West (Association of Head Mistresses, England), Doreen Powell (The National Council of Women of Great Britain) and Peter Arnold.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1756588).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Thelma Hunter, National Library of Australia, MS 9353, [series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

Dr Hunter donated the collection to the Library in four instalments between 1991 and 1999.

Papers of her husband, Dr Alexander Hunter, are held at MS 3652.

Arrangement

Hunter has kept most of the papers in files. The arrangement of papers within these files and the file titles have been preserved by the Library.

Biographical Note

DateEvent
1923Born in Glasgow, Scotland
1942-46Served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service
1947Married Alex Hunter
1950-56MA Political Science and Political Economy, University of Glasgow
1950-53Part-time research assistant and examiner, University of Glasgow
1953-58Part-time tutor, Oxford University Extension
1958Arrived in Australia with husband and three children
1958-60Part-time tutor in Economics, University of Melbourne
1960-64Part-time lecturer and tutor in Politics, University of Sydney
1965-69Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Australian National University
1969Completed PhD in Political Science ('The politics of national health') at the Australian National University
1969-82Senior lecturer in Politics, Australian National University
1971Alex Hunter died
1979Certificate of Special Studies in Visual Arts, Dartington College of Arts
1982-Part-time lecturer in Politics, Australian National University
1984Visiting Scholar, Victoria University, British Columbia
1984-85Visiting Fellow, Centre for Continuing Education, Australian National University
1990-94Visiting Fellow, Politics Programme, Department of Political Science, Australian National University
1994-95Visiting Fellow, Politics Programme, School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

Academic and feminist. Dr Thelma Anna Carmela Hunter's main research interests include women's issues and social policy, health politics and Indian politics.

DateEvent
1923Born in Glasgow, Scotland
1942-46Served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service
1947Married Alex Hunter
1950-56MA Political Science and Political Economy, University of Glasgow
1950-53Part-time research assistant and examiner, University of Glasgow
1953-58Part-time tutor, Oxford University Extension
1958Arrived in Australia with husband and three children
1958-60Part-time tutor in Economics, University of Melbourne
1960-64Part-time lecturer and tutor in Politics, University of Sydney
1965-69Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Australian National University
1969Completed PhD in Political Science ('The politics of national health') at the Australian National University
1969-82Senior lecturer in Politics, Australian National University
1971Alex Hunter died
1979Certificate of Special Studies in Visual Arts, Dartington College of Arts
1982-Part-time lecturer in Politics, Australian National University
1984Visiting Scholar, Victoria University, British Columbia
1984-85Visiting Fellow, Centre for Continuing Education, Australian National University
1990-94Visiting Fellow, Politics Programme, Department of Political Science, Australian National University
1994-95Visiting Fellow, Politics Programme, School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Women: correspondence, 1960-69

The series comprises two files of correspondence concerning women's issues, with organisations and government departments in England and Australia. The correspondents include Department of Adult Education, Sydney University, Department of Labour and National Service, Enid Bach (Chairman of Suffragette Fellowship, England), Eva D. Spicer (Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church, England), Pamela Lewis (Status of Women Committee, England), I.B. West (Association of Head Mistresses, England), Doreen Powell (National Council of Women of Great Britain), Juanita Frances (Married Women's Association, England), Western Australia Court of Arbitration, New South Wales Department of Labour and Industry and Apprenticeship Commission of Tasmania.

Correspondence, 1966-69 (File 1) - Box 1

Correspondence concerning apprenticeship, 1960 (File 2) - Box 1

Series 2. Women: subject files, 1955-75

Women and social policy has been one of Hunter's research interests and this is reflected in the subject files found in this series. The arrangement of papers within these files and the file titles have been preserved by the Library.

The papers include correspondence (Staffordshire Education Committee, Part-time Employment Agency, Manchester, Cheshire Education Committee, Rosemary Russell, D.D. Furley and Australian Broadcasting Commission), notes, typescripts, cuttings (including Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, National Times, Life, Newsweek, New York Times, The Australian and Age), photocopies and roneoed material.

Abortion lobbyists, 1973-74 (File 1) - Box 1

Abortion: overseas, 1973 (File 2) - Box 1

Book reviews and abstracts, 1971-74 (File 3) - Box 1

Capitalism, liberalism and women, 1972 (File 4) - Box 1

Childcare, 1970-75 (File 5-7) - Box 1,2

Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1970 (File 8) - Box 2

Civil Service (includes cuttings on maternity leave), 1971-73 (File 9) - Box 2

Courses, 1972 (File 10) - Box 2

Education, 1972-74 (File 11-12) - Box 2

Employment (n.d.) (File 13-14) - Box 2,3

Employment: part-time (correspondence), 1955-59 (File 15) - Box 3

Employment: US, c. 1971 (File 16) - Box 3

Equal pay, 1972-77 (File 17-18) - Box 3

Feminism and politics: research, 1975 (File 19) - Box 3

Feminism and pressure group politics (n.d.) (File 20) - Box 3

Feminist movements (n.d.) (File 21) - Box 4

Feminist theory, c. 1975 (File 22) - Box 4

Industrial relations, c. 1971 (File 23) - Box 4

Legal issues, 1973-74 (File 24) - Box 4

Legal status of married women, c. 1968 (File 25) - Box 4

Male allies, 1971-73 (File 26) - Box 4

Matriarchy and fertility, c. 1975 (File 27) - Box 4

Media, 1972-73 (File 28) - Box 4

Migrant women (n.d.) (File 29) - Box 5

Overseas women, 1972-74 (File 30) - Box 5

National Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme (n.d.) (File 31) - Box 5

Public office, 1972-74 (See also Files 60-63) (File 32) - Box 5

Racism and feminism, 1975 (File 33) - Box 5

Responses of political system (n.d.) (File 34) - Box 5

Sex, class and socialism (n.d.) (File 35) - Box 6

Sex and political participation of women (n.d.) (File 36-37) - Box 6

Sex and political socialisation (n.d.) (File 38) - Box 6

Sex and stratification (n.d.) (File 39) - Box 6

Single mothers (n.d.) (File 40) - Box 6

Social policy (n.d.) (File 41) - Box 7

Social security, 1972-74 (File 42) - Box 7

Social services, 1973-74 (File 43) - Box 7

Social welfare, 1975 (File 44) - Box 7

Social welfare benefits (n.d.) (File 45) - Box 7

Status of women (n.d.) (File 46) - Box 7

Television talks (n.d.) (File 47-48) - Box 7

Women: behavioural genetics (n.d.) (File 49) - Box 8

Women and the Church, 1958-59 (File 50) - Box 8

Women and development, 1975 (File 51) - Box 8

Women and politics, 1975 (File 52) - Box 8

Women in China, 1973-74 (File 53) - Box 8

Women in France (n.d.) (File 54) - Box 8

Women in India, 1957-73 (File 55) - Box 8

Women in Japan (n.d.) (File 56) - Box 8

Women in Peri? (New Guinea?, n.d.) (File 57) - Box 8

Women in USSR, 1972 (File 58) - Box 9

Women in the labour force: maternity leave (n.d.) (File 59) - Box 9

Women in parliament (n.d.) (File 60-61) - Box 9

Women in public life (n.d.) (File 62) - Box 9

Women in public service (n.d.) (File 63) - Box 9

Women in tertiary education, 1970-74 (File 64-65) - Box 9,10

Women in trade unions (Australia and England, n.d.) (File 66) - Box 10

Women's advisors, 1973-74 (File 67) - Box 10

Women's Electoral Lobby, 1972-74 (File 68) - Box 10

Women's Electoral Lobby: ACT, 1974 (File 69) - Box 10

Women's Electoral Lobby: Federal Election, 1972 (File 70) - Box 10

Women's Electoral Lobby: telephone tree, 1973-74 (File 71) - Box 10

Women's Electoral Lobby: First National Conference, Canberra, 1973 (File 72) - Box 11

Women's Electoral Lobby: ACT Newsletter, 1973-75 (File 73) - Box 11

Women's Electoral Lobby: miscellaneous (n.d.) (File 74) - Box 11

Women's Equity Action League, 1971 (File 75) - Box 11

Women's issues: divorce reform, 1973-74 (File 76) - Box 11

Women's issues, 1961-74 (File 77-82) - Box 12,13

Women's liberation: Australia, 1972-74 (File 83) - Box 13

Women's liberation: overseas, 1970-74 (File 84) - Box 13

Women's liberation: printed, 1971-74 (File 85) - Box 14

Women's organisations, 1971-74 (File 86-87) - Box 14

Women's studies, 1974-76 (File 88-91) - Box 14,15

Miscellaneous (File 92) - Box 15

Card indexes (File 93-96) - Box 15,16

Series 3. Women: printed material, 1968-75

Hunter has annotated most of the printed material found in this series.

The spokeswomen: an independent monthly newsletter of women's news (US, 1972-73), Know INC (US, 1972-75) and other titles (File [unnumbered]) - Box 16

Women's Liberation Federation Annual report and Newsletter (UK, 1967-73), Calling all women (UK, 1968-69), Report and Journal of the Association of Assistant Mistresses (UK, 1968-74) and other titles (File [unnumbered]) - Box 17

Including Women workers (UK, 1965-68) and Refractory girl (1973-78) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 18

Women's studies abstracts (US), 1972-78 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 19

Marked copies of MS, 1972-73 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 20

InterNationes (Germany), 1972-74 and other titles (File [unnumbered]) - Box 21

Women in the work force, 1968-70 and other titles (File [unnumbered]) - Box 22

Series 4. Health: correspondence, 1963-83

This small group of correspondence mostly dates from 1967-68 when Hunter was writing her doctoral thesis on the politics of the Australian national health scheme. The correspondents include Ulrich Ellis, R.I. Downing and Ronald Grieve. There are also some letters from Peter Arnold in 1983 concerning the Australian Medical Association and the General Practioners' Society of Australia.

Health: correspondence (File 1) - Box 23

Series 5. Health: subject files, 1967-84

The series includes notes, photocopies, cuttings and minutes of meetings of the ANU Health Research Project Advisory Committee, of which Hunter was a member.

Australian Medical Association (n.d.) (File 1) - Box 23

Australian Medical Association versus government, 1967-75 (File 2) - Box 23

Australian Constitution and the national health issues (n.d.) (File 3) - Box 23

Comparative (n.d.) (File 4) - Box 23

Conflict within organised medicine, 1970-77 (File 5) - Box 23

Consumerism, 1976 (File 6) - Box 23

Contacts (File 7) - Box 24

Cuttings, 1970 (File 8) - Box 24

Cuttings and photocopies, 1983-84 (File 9-16) - Box 24,25

Doctor's Reform Society, Sydney, c. 1982 (File 17) - Box 25

Department of Political Science, ANU: lecture notes and handouts (File 18-19) - Box 25

Health (n.d.) (File 20) - Box 25

Health services in ACT, 1981-83 (File 21-22) - Box 26

Health Research Project Advisory Committee, ANU: minutes of meetings, 1977-78 (File 23) - Box 26

Hospitals (n.d.) (File 24) - Box 26

Library of Nuffield Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Leeds: printed material (File 25) - Box 26

Mental health, 1976 (File 26) - Box 26

National Health Policy in Australia (n.d.) (File 27-28) - Box 26,27

Party politics, 1963-77 (File 29) - Box 27

Reprints of articles by Hunter, 1965-80 (File 30) - Box 27

Roneo material, leaflets and circulars (File 31) - Box 27

'Pressure groups and health policy': Department of Political Science: students' results, 1979 (File 32) - Box 27

Theoretical (n.d.) (File 33) - Box 27

Theoretical perspectives (File 34) - Box 28

Series 6. Health: conferences, seminars and lectures, 1950-84

The series comprises copies of papers, which were either written by Hunter or by other academics, given at conferences, seminars and lectures, as well as papers which had been sent to Hunter for her information. The files have been arranged in chronological order and, where possible, the names of the conferences, seminars or lectures are included.

1950-68 (File 1) - Box 28

1965: ALP Federal Conference: Health Committee Report, Canberra (File 2) - Box 28

1968: Conference on Medical Practice and the Community, ANU (File 3-4) - Box 28

1974-78 (File 5) - Box 28

1980-83 (File 6) - Box 28

1981: Health Economists Group Conference, ANU (File 7) - Box 28

1982: ANU Public Affairs Conference (File 8-9) - Box 29

1982: Social Justice Project Mini-Conference on Health Policy and Health Equity, ANU (File 10) - Box 29

1983-84: 'Medical politics; the decline in hegemony of Australian Medical Association' by Thelma Hunter (File 11) - Box 29

Miscellaneous papers (n.d.) (File 12) - Box 29

Series 7. Health: printed material

The series include reprints by other authors, cuttings and photocopies of articles and other printed material.

Health: printed material (File 1-3) - Box 29

Health: printed material (File [unnumbered]) - Box 30-31

Series 8. Indian politics

One of Hunter's interests was Indian politics. The series includes the following publications:

Hunter, Thelma. 'Congress Party politics and the general elections in India' (reprint), 1967.

Hunter, Thelma. 'Indian communism and Kerala experience of coalition government 1967-69' (reprint).

Hunter, Thelma. Aspects of national health insurance in Australia published by Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, c. 1966.

Indian politics (File 1-11) - Box 31-32

Indian politics: printed materials (File [unnumbered]) - Box 33

Series 9. Photographs (n.d.)

Six black and white and colour photographs of Peter Self, Hunter's companion, were donated to the Library after his death in 1999.

Photographs (File 1) - Box 33

Series 10. Reviews and articles

Listing (File 1) - Box 33

Academic reviews (File 2) - Box 33

Health - mental (File 3) - Box 34

Health - physical (File 4) - Box 34

Health - society and politics (File 5) - Box 34

Social issues (File 6) - Box 34

Women (File 7) - Box 34

Miscellaneous (File 8) - Box 34

Series 11. Miscellaneous papers

Curriculum Vitae (File 1) - Box 35

Student essays and notes (File 2) - Box 35

Typescript of PhD thesis (File 3-5) - Box 35


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