Guide to the Papers of Alan Seymour


MS 9198 et al

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Class MS 9198. Original consignment

Comprises over 600 pieces of correspondence pertaining to personal and business matters; notebooks; research notes; drafts of published and unpublished screenplays, novels, and plays including The one day of the year; reviews; newspaper clippings; photographs; printed material; papers relating to Alan Seymour's travels and domestic life. Major correspondents include Seymour's sisters, nieces, nephews, Ron Baddeley, Sumner Locke Elliot, Margaret Fink, Gillian Armstrong, Michael Thornbill, Katharine Brisbane, Brandon Lunney, Shiela Geddes and Laurence Collinson...

Series 1. Correspondence, 1957-96

The correspondence has been arranged in rough chronological order. Correspondents include family members, friends, business contacts, writers, publishers and producers. As well as in-letters, Seymour has included copies from 1957 onwards of many out-letters, either carbon copies, or printouts from computer discs or copies of faxes. Seymour's out-letters contain lengthy analyses of his thought processes and methodology and he has added many comments about the success or otherwise of film or play proposals. In his copious explanatory notes, some of which were made when preparing the instalment for the Library, Seymour has identified and made comments about the background of many of his correspondents...

Out-letters, 1957-87 (File 1) - Box 1

Comprises 21 letters to Sheila Geddes, 1957-70. Subjects of letters include performance of his new play The one day of the year, imminent departure for London, production of Seymour's plays, production of Ray Lawler's Summer of the seventeenth doll in London, films, Australian culture, life in Lebanon and Turkey, ideas for projects, comments on scripts by others, comments about people such as Joan Hammond, John Sumner, Doris Fitton and Stefan Haag...

Series 4. Miscellaneous

Photographs: Portrait of Seymour in early 1970s (three copies). Poster for Swamp creatures by Seymour, world premiere performance by Canberra Repertory, 1957 (File [unnumbered]) - Folio-Box 1