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MS 9486, MS Acc10.127

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Collection Summary

Creator
Meredith Stokes
Title
Papers of Meredith Stokes
Date Range
ca. 1970-1997
Collection Number
MS 9486, MS Acc10.127
Extent
3.11 metres (13 boxes, 17 folio items, 1 folder, 1 packet)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Content

The papers consist principally of secondary source material relating to a wide range of issues relating to women, human rights and the environment. Among the issues reflected in the collection are women in the peace movement, the rights of indigenous Australians, energy conservation, the uranium industry, and United States military installations in Australia. International issues represented in the collection include the independence movements in East Timor and Papua New Guinea, apartheid and military intervention in Central America.

The activities and publications of several organisations, including many Canberra groups, are documented in the collection. They include the Women's Electoral Lobby, the Canberra and South-East Region Environment Centre, the Canberra Programme for Peace, Canberra Women for Survival, the Registry of Women Artists, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Australian Section) and the Committees in Solidarity with Central America and the Caribbean (CISCAC) (files 55-58).

The collection includes some correspondence, circular letters, newsheets, articles and speeches, conference documents, printed ephemera, newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous journals. There are a few pages of notes made by Stokes on the Women and Development Network of Australia (WADNA) (files 28-29) and on other subjects (file 72). Two poems by Petronella Ardlie, entitled 'Two arrive' and 'The markets', appear in the Summer 1987 issue of WADNA newsletter (file 29). A copy of a typescript draft of an article by Petronella Ardlie entitled 'Social defence' (n.d.) may be found in file 40.

The National Labor Women's Conference was held in Canberra from 29 January to 1 February 1982. Conference documents in the collection include notices to delegates, copies of the Programme, papers delivered and Resolutions carried by the Conference. There is a paper by Julia Ryan entitled 'Capitalism and patriarchy'and one by Edna Ryan called 'Labor women since Federation' (file 30).

The material on East Timor includes a letter from Petronella Ardlie to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, A. Street (1978) and a Statement by Jose Ramos-Horta, Fretelin representative to the United Nations (1984) (File 66).

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1759169).

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 Meredith Stokes, National Library of Australia [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The collection was donated to the National Library by Meredith Stokes, through the National Museum of Australia, in 1993.

A small addition was received from Meredith Stokes in January 2001.

The records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom are held at MS 7755. The papers of Vivienne Abraham are held at MS 9152. The papers of Julia Ryan are held at MS 9361.

The Mining at Noonkanbah radio interviews, conducted by Meredith Petronella (Stokes) and others, are held at ORAL TRC 800/3.

Arrangement

The papers have been arranged according to the subject categories employed by Stokes in her listing of the files, with the 2001 addition being incorporated into the collection. The Museum records are not referred to in the listing.

Biographical Note

Meredith Stokes, who lives in Canberra, has worked for peace and women's rights over many years. She has been associated with various networks, organisations and fora of nonviolence activists. She served as a Committee member of the Women and Development Network of Australia, ACT Branch. She was also involved in broadcasts for the Canberra community radio station 2XX.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 9486. Original consignment

Comprises secondary material on a wide range of issues relating to women, human rights and the environment. It includes some correspondence, circular letters, newsheets, articles and speeches, conference documents, printed ephemera, newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous journals. There are a few pages of notes written by Meredith Stokes on different topics, and two published poems and the draft of an article by her also.

Contained in 13 boxes, 17 folio items.

Series [unnumbered]. Women's Issues

Discrimination and opportunity, 1971-84 (File 1) - Box 1
Education, 1975-87 (File 2) - Box 1
Health, 1979-84 (File 3) - Box 1
Literature, cinema, art, electronic media, 1978-82 (File 4) - Box 1
Rape and abortion, 1978-83 (File 5) - Box 1
Social issues, 1976-85 (File 6) - Box 1
Women achievers, 1980-87 (File 7) - Box 1
Women against nuclear energy, 1982-84 (File 8) - Box 2
Women's Electoral Lobby, 1979-83 (File 9) - Box 2
Women's rights and status, 1978-83 (File 10) - Box 2
World Vision of Australia leaflets and worksheets (File 11) - Box 2

Series [unnumbered]. Women's Issues – Publications

If I was a lady and other picture stories (National Youth Council of Australia, 1975) (File 12) - Box 2
Labor women speak, Vol. 2, no. 3 (Sept. 1981) – v. 3, no. 1 (Mar. 1982) (3 issues) (File 13) - Box 2
Lobby: ACT ALP quarterly, 1984 and 1987-88 (2 issues) (File 14) - Box 2
Monitor, Vol. 4, no. 4 (23 May, 1979); Woroni, Vol. 31, no. 7 (11-25 June, 1979); National W, (5 Sept., 1978) (File 15) - Box 2
Poverty's woman: a guide for teachers (World Vision of Australia, 1984) (File 16) - Box 3
Rouge, No. 1 (June 1979) – no. 3 (Sept. 1979) (File 17) - Box 3
Sister: a new direction for women, (Winter issue 1978) (File 18) - Box 3
Wilderness news, No. 4-5 (1984) (2 issues) (File 19) - Box 3
Wimminews, Vol. 1, no. 6 (n.d.) – Feb. 1981 (12 issues) (File 20) - Box 3
Wimminews, July Dec. 1984 (6 issues) (File 21) - Box 3
Wimminews, Feb. – Dec. 1985 (7 issues) (File 22) - Box 3
Wimminews, Jan. – Nov. 1986 (11 issues – 2 issues published in August 1986) (File 23) - Box 4
Wimminews, Jan. – Dec. 1987 (12 issues) (File 24) - Box 4
Wimminews, Feb. – Oct. [1988?] (6 issues) (File 25) - Box 4
Women's news service, No. 20 – no. 21 (1978) (File 26) - Box 4
Womanspeak, Vol. 3, no. 4 – v. 4, no. 4 (1978) (2 issues) (File 27) - Box 4

Series [unnumbered]. Women and Development Network of Australia (WADNA)

General matters, 1984-87 (File 28-29) - Box 4

Series [unnumbered]. National Labor Women's Conference, Canberra, 29 Jan. – 1 Feb. 1982

Conference papers (File 30-31) - Box 5
Administrative documents (File 32) - Box 5

Series [unnumbered]. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Pax et libertas, Vol. 51, no. 4 (Dec. 1986), Vol. 52, no. 1 (Mar. 1987) no. 3 (Sept. 1987), Vol. 53, no. 1 (1988), and no. 4 (1988), Vol. 57, no. 3 (Sept. 1992) and no. 4 (Dec. 1992), Vol. 58, no. 1 (Mar. 1993) (File 33) - Box 5
Peace and freedom: journal of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Australian Section), Vol. 19, no. 3 (Spring 1982) – v. 24, no. 3 (Dec. 1987); Vol. 29, no. 3 (Oct. 1992), no. 4 (Dec. 1992) and Vol. 30, no. 1 (Feb. 1993) (File 34-35) - Box 5
W.I.L.P.F bulletin, No. 193 (Oct. 1982) – no. 194 (Dec. 1982) and Newsletter (W.I.L.P.F. New Zealand Section), No. 1 (Mar. 1983) (File 36) - Box 5
Miscellaneous documents, 1982-95 (File 37) - Box 5

Series [unnumbered]. International Human Rights and Social Justice Issues

Aboriginal issues, 1975-88 (File 38) - Box 6
Articles and other papers, 1977-86 (File 39-42) - Box 6
Chile Solidarity Committee (Canberra), 1978-82 (File 43) - Box 6
Human Rights Council of Australia, 1980-84 (File 44) - Box 6
Philippines Action Support Group (Canberra), 1981-84 (File 45) - Box 7
Newspaper cuttings, 1978-87 (File 46) - Box 7

Series [unnumbered]. International Human Rights and Social Justice Issues – Publications

Action! (Australian Freedom from Hunger), Vol. 3, no. 2 (Apr.-June 1984) – v. 7, no. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1988) (9 issues) (File 47) - Box 7
Asia Pacific solidarity, No. 19 (Mar. 1985) – no. 21 (Sept. 1985) and Union aid report (Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad), Vol. 1, no. 1 (Aug. 1984) (File 48) - Box 7
AZANIA news, Vol. 19, no. 1 (Jan. 1983) – v. 19, no. 4 (Apr. 1983) (3 issues) (File 49) - Box 7
CARPA bulletin (Committee against Repression in the Pacific and Asia), No. 6 (Sept. 1980) – no. 18 (Oct.-Nov. 1984) (8 issues) (File 50) - Box 7
Development dossier, 3 (Dec. 1980) – 6 (Aug. 1981) (3 issues) and ACFOA news, No. 5-6 (June 1984) (File 51) - Box 7
Identity (Aboriginal Publications Foundation), Vol. 4, no. 6 (Jan. 1982) – v. 4, no. 7 (June 1982) (File 52) - Box 8
New leaves: a grassroots magazine on social issues, No. 8 (Feb. 1987) – no. 10 (Apr. 1987) (3 issues) (File 53) - Box 8
Resistance, No. 24 (Aug.-Sept. 1983) (File 54) - Box 8
Venceremos (Committees in Solidarity with Central America and the Caribbean), No. 2 (Feb. 1981) – v. 1, no. 4 (Nov. 1982 – Jan. 1983) (2 issues) (File 55) - Box 8
Venceremos, Feb. 1983 – v. 2, no. 7 (15 Nov., 1983) (7 issues) (File 56) - Box 8
Venceremos, Vol. 3, no. 4 (Feb.-Mar. 1984) – v. 3, no. 5 (Oct.-Nov. 1984) (5 issues) (File 57) - Box 8
Venceremos, Vol. 4, no. 1 (Feb.-Mar. 1985) – v. 4, no. 5 (Nov.-Dec. 1985) (5 issues) (File 58) - Box 8

Series [unnumbered]. International Human Rights and Social Justice Issues East Timor

2 speeches by Noam Chomsky, 1978-79 (File 59a) - Box 9
Letter relating to Mabo from Paul Keating, 1993 (File 59b) - Box 9
Newspaper cuttings, 1982-86 (File 60) - Box 9
East Timor and Pacific report (Campaign for an Independent East Timor (ACT)), No. 1 (May 1979) – no. 6 (Oct.-Nov. 1979) (5 issues) (File 61) - Box 9
East Timor news: bulletin of the East Timor News Agency, No. 60 (Nov. 8, 1979) – no. 83-85 (Winter 1985) (5 issues) (File 62) - Box 9
East Timor report (Australian Council for Overseas Aid), No. 5 (Nov. 1983) – no. 6 (Mar. 1984) (File 63) - Box 9
East Timor report (Campaign for an Independent East Timor (ACT)), No. 1 (Jan. 1978) – no. 14 (Mar. 1979) (File 64) - Box 9
Report (Australia East Timor Association (ACT)), No. 8 (Nov. 1977); Dateline Darwin, Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 1977); Timor Information Service (journal), No. 24 and no. 26 (1978) (File 65) - Box 9
Miscellaneous documents, 1979-85 (File 66) - Box 9

Series [unnumbered]. Environmental, Conservation and Anti-Nuclear Issues

Correspondence, 1980-87 (File 67) - Box 10
Articles (photocopies) (File 68) - Box 10
Articles and miscellaneous papers, 1977-85 (File 69-70) - Box 10
Canberra and South-East Region Environment Centre, 1980-85 (File 71) - Box 10
Environmental and peace issues in Canberra, 1979-85 (File 72) - Box 10
Nuclear Free Pacific, 1976-86 (File 73) - Box 10
World Assembly for Peace and Life against Nuclear War, Prague, 1983 (File 74) - Box 11
Miscellaneous publications, 1977-82 (File 75) - Box 11
Miscellaneous publications, 1983-87 (File 76) - Box 11
Newspaper cuttings, 1973-87 (File 77a) - Box 11
Peace research information, 1995-97 (File 77b) - Box 11
10 postcards with message 'Women demance peace for the world', 1987 (File 77c) - Box 11

Series [unnumbered]. Environmental, Conservation and Anti-Nuclear Issues – Publications

Chain reaction (Friends of the Earth Australia), Vol. 2, no. 1 (Autumn 1976) – v. 2, no. 2 (1976) (File 78) - Box 11
Chain reaction, Vol. 2, no. 4 (1977) – v. 3, no. 3 (1977) (3 issues) (File 79) - Box 11
Chain reaction, Vol. 3, no. 4 (1978) – v. 4, no. 2-3 (1978) (3 issues) (File 80) - Box 11
Chain reaction, Vol. 4, no. 4 (1979) (File 81) - Box 12
Chain reaction, Vol. 5, no. 4 (Aug.-Sept. 1980) – no. 22 (Summer 1980-81) (4 issues) (File 82) - Box 12
Chain reaction, No. 23 (Autumn 1981) – no. 26 (Summer 1981) (File 83) - Box 12
Chain reaction, No. 27 (Autumn 1982) – no. 30 (Summer 1982-83) (File 84) - Box 12
Chain reaction, No. 31 (Autumn 1983) – no. 35 (Dec. 1983 – Jan. 1984) (4 issues) (File 85) - Box 12
Chain reaction, No. 36 (Feb.-Mar. 1984) – no. 40 (Dec. 1984) (File 86) - Box 12
Chain reaction, No. 41 (Apr.-May 1985) – no. 44 (Summer 1985) (File 87) - Box 12
Chain reaction, No. 45 (Autumn 1986) – no. 46 (Winter 1986); No. 58 (Winter 1989) (File 88) - Box 12
Groundswell, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 1982) and v. 1, no. 3 (Mar. 1983) (File 89) - Box 13
Novosti Press Agency Publishing House, Moscow, 4 publications: Political declaration of the Warsaw Treaty member states (1983) Gerasimov, Gennadi, Keep space weapon-free (1984) Gromyko, A.A., To avert the war danger and stop the arms race (1984) Kuznetsov, Vladlen, A nuclear age peace code is needed (1984) (File 90) - Box 13
Peace paper (Canberra Programme for Peace), No. 5/1983 – no. 2/1984 (4 issues) (File 91) - Box 13
Peace paper, Jan. 1985 – Nov.-Dec. 1985 (8 issues) (File 92) - Box 13
Peace paper, Jan.-Feb. 1986 – Oct. 1986 (5 issues – 2 different issues for Oct. 1986) (File 93) - Box 13
Peace paper, Feb. 1987 – July 1987 (2 issues and 4 undated issues) (File 94) - Box 13
Social alternatives, Vol. 1, no. 6-7 (June 1980) – v. 3, no. 1 (Oct. 1982) (3 issues) (File 95) - Box 13

Series [unnumbered]. Environmental, Conservation and Anti-Nuclear Issues

'Save the future in 1986: International Year of Peace' calendar (Item 96) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Scandinavian wildlife: SAS calendar 1975' (Item 97) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'The New Song Movement and Chilean Solidarity Committee present Los Parras Jeannie Lewis in concert' poster (Item 98) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'March to Commonwealth Park for Peace Festival' poster (Item 99) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Perspectives – Works by Carol Ambrus, Gwen van Leeuwen, 29 February – 2 March 1980' poster (Item 100) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Voices for harmony, Bitumen River Gallery', 1983, poster (Item 101) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Nelson Mandela: The struggle is my life – International Defence Aid Fund for Southern Africa' poster (Item 102) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Leave uranium in the ground' poster (Item 103) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'National Aborigines Day' poster (Item 104) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Return elected Bavadra: restore democracy' poster (hand drawn) (Item 105) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Art of noise: 2XX radiothon' poster (Item 106) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Land rights, not uranium!' poster (Item 107) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Land rights before games', Newsletter (Black Protest Committee), Vol. 1, no. 2, poster (Item 108) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Papua New Guinea Independence souvenir issue', Papua New Guinea Post courier (Sept. 16, 1975) poster (Item 109) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'And one day my child, this will be all yours' (Inquiry into the State of Pollution and Environmental Conservation by Thoughtful People) poster (Item 110) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'The Mapoon people demand their land back!', 1975, poster (Item 111) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]
'Nuclear-free Pacific Forum, Public Meeting, Teachers' Federation', poster (Item 112) - Map-Folio [unnumbered]

Series [unnumbered]. Apartheid

Miscellaneous documents, 1985-96 (File 113)

Class MS Acc10.127. Consignment added 2010

Comprises a small group of photographs, slides and negatives documenting Stokes' participation in events relating to political, environmental and human rights issues. Included are photographs and slides of the Kanak Independence Protest, French Embassy, Canberra; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Conference, University of Canberra; East Timor Rally, Canberra; Anti-Apartheid Rally, South African Embassy, Canberra; Pine Gap Peace Rally, Alice Springs; and the Anti-Nuclear and Nuclear-Free Pacific Conference, Fiji. There are black and white negatives of ANC representatives in Canberra speaking to free Nelson Mandela and end apartheid; Bicentennial Aboriginal demonstrations, Parliament House, Canberra; W.I.L.P.F. Conference, University of Canberra; opening of the Conflict Resolution Service, Acton, Canberra; and, supporters of a Nuclear Free Independent Pacific, speaking in Canberra.

Contained in 1 folder, 1 packet.


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