Guide to the Papers of Bruce Pascoe
MS 9746, MS Acc05.069, MS Acc08.165
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Bruce Pascoe
- Papers of Bruce Pascoe
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 9746, MS Acc05.069, MS Acc08.165
- 5.55 metres (37 boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Scope and Content
The main part of the collection comprises papers relating to the editing and publishing of issues No. 36 to No. 61 of Australian short stories. There is correspondence with contributors and edited drafts of stories, all of which provide a good representation of the life and history of the magazine. There is also correspondence and edited drafts relating to several books published by Pascoe Publishing and edited drafts and correspondence relating to books written by Pascoe himself.
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2209072).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Bruce Pascoe, National Library of Australia, [class number, series and/or file number]'.
The papers were acquired by the Library from Bruce Pascoe in two instalments, one in 1998 and one in 1999. Further papers were added in 2005 and 2008.
The papers have been placed into series by the Library, and the correspondence sorted into chronological order by year.
Bruce Pascoe was born in Richmond, Victoria, on 11 October 1947. After graduating from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Education, he taught as a secondary teacher and was a Curriculum Development Officer with the Victorian Education Department.
With his wife, Lyn Harwood, Pascoe manages Pascoe Publishing, a small company that has published works in a variety of genres including novels, anthologies of poetry and short stories, history, biography and Aboriginal culture.
In 1982 Pascoe and Harwood founded the quarterly magazine, Australian short stories, which they edited and published until 1998.
Pascoe has written twelve books, including four novels and won the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Literature Award in 1999.
As a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Pascoe is very involved in indigenous issues and conducts guided Koori tours around his home area of Apollo Bay and Cape Otway in Victoria.
Comprises papers relating to the editing and publishing of issues no. 36-no. 61 of the journal, Australian short stories. There is correspondence with contributors and edited drafts of stories, all of which provide a good representation of the life and history of the magazine. There is also correspondence and edited drafts relating to several books published by Pascoe Publishing and edited drafts and correspondence relating to books written by Pascoe himself.
Contained in 29 boxes (MS 9746 Boxes 1-29).
Contained in this series is correspondence, mainly with contributors to Australian short stories and relating to projects undertaken by Pascoe Publishing. Correspondents include Barry Dickens, Elizabeth Jolley, Ian Middleton, Ba Phillipps and Thomas Shapcott. There is correspondence relating to a project involving Pascoe and Chester Eagle, who were approached by Professor Zhu Jiong Qiang, from Hangzhou University in China, to produce an anthology of Australian short stories in Chinese translation. Funding for the project was received from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. The book was published by Zhejiang Publishing House, Hangzhou in 1992. There are also four audio-cassette tapes of 'letters' (1994-1995) from the New Zealand author, Ian Middleton, who is blind.
In 1982 Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood founded the quarterly magazine Australian short stories. The magazine published a wide range of quality short stories by Australian authors and provided a forum for promoting the genre. Over the years, the works of over 500 authors, both established and emerging, were published in the magazine. Many of these authors, for example Gillian Mears, Matthew Condon, Steven Carroll and Tom Flood, went on to become well-known names in Australian literature. The final issue under their editorship was No. 61, which was published in 1998.
The bulk of this series comprises papers relating to the editing and production of issues No. 36 (published in 1991) to No. 61 of the magazine. There is correspondence with contributors and edited drafts of stories. There are also administrative files relating to sponsorship and television advertising and a file relating to alleged plagiarism by the author of one of the short stories published in the magazine.
Note: no papers were received for issue No. 55.
Pascoe Publishing is a small publishing firm operated by Pascoe and his partner, Lyn Harwood. This series contains papers relating to various publications by Pascoe Publishing. They comprise mainly edited drafts, together with some correspondence with authors.
See also Series 4 for papers relating to Cape Otway: coast of secrets.
Wathaurong: too bloody strong: stories and life journeys of people from Wathaurong, edited by Bruce Pascoe. Published in 1997. Correspondence, papers relating to an unsuccessful grant application to the Australia Council and edited drafts and proofs. Sixteen audio-cassette tapes containing oral histories relating to the project (1994-1995) (File 41-47)
As well as editing and publishing the work of others, Pascoe has had his own works published. This series comprises manuscript and typescript drafts of three books written by Pascoe and one, Cape Otway: coast of secrets, written by both Pascoe and Lyn Harwood. There is also a small amount of correspondence, mostly with Pascoe's publisher, Magabala Books, in particular with Bruce Sims, regarding editing and publication of his books. Magabala Books is a publishing house specialising in publishing works which have major Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander involvement.
Published by Magabala Books, Broome, WA in 1996. Correspondence (1993-1998), rough notes, newspaper cuttings edited typescripts and proof copy. Three computer discs containing drafts.
Published by Pascoe Publishing in 1997. Edited manuscript and typescript drafts and promotional material for attractions in the Cape Otway region.
Published by Magabala Books, Broome, WA in 1999. Correspondence (1994-1999) relating to editing and publication, together with edited manuscript and typescript drafts and proofs. One computer disc containing drafts.
This series contains a small group of miscellaneous material accumulated by Pascoe, comprising mostly drafts of writings by others.
Typescript draft (nd) of All that grief: migrant recollections of Greek resistance to fascism, 1941-1949, compiled by Wendy and Allan Scarfe. They had hoped that Pascoe would be interested in publishing the work, but it was published by Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, in 1994. There is also a typescript entitled 'Theodoros Sidiropoulos 'and a copy of Shadow and flowers by Wendy Scarfe, published by Nosukumo, Melbourne in 1984.
Papers relating to Boys and balls, written by Brian Nankervis and published by Allen & Unwin in 1994. It appears that Pascoe was involved in editing the text. There are edited typescripts, a small amount of correspondence (1994) and a bound copy of the script of a 55-minute documentary of the same title, written by Nankervis and Sue Thomson.
Comprises drafts and research material, principally for Ruby-eyed coucal (1996), Earth (2001), and the unpublished work, Embrasure.
Contained in 5 boxes (MS Acc05.069 Boxes 1-5).
Comprises handwritten drafts and typescripts of unpublished stories, plays, and children's literature, including, Foxies in a firehose: a piece of doggerel from Warragul (2006). Also, drafts of nonfiction works on indigenous affairs, such as, Wathaurong: the people who said no (2003), and, Convincing ground (2007)..
Contained in 3 boxes (MS Acc08.165 Boxes 1-3).
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