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MS 4809 comprises personal and business correspondence, cuttings, notes, diaries, photographs, notebooks and reviews of some of Humphrey McQueen's books. There is also research material, drafts and typescripts relating to A new Britannia (1975), Social sketches of Australia, 1888-1975 (1978), The black swan of trespass (1979), Gone tomorrow (1982), Social sketches (1991), Tokyo world (1991), Japan to the rescue (1991), Tom Roberts (1996), Suspect history (1997), Temper democratic (1998) and The essence of capitalism (2002). The collection also includes papers relating to McQueen's activities as a visiting lecturer and to the 1998 exhibition and conference "Typically? Australian" held at the Brisbane City Gallery.
The major correspondents include Neil Beckhaus, Ruth Blair, Clem Christesen, Peter Curtis, Jenny Darling (McQueen's agent), Tom Fitzgerald, Dorothy Green, Nick Jose, Joan Kerr, Henry Mayer, Brian Laver, Kathy Lette, Caroline Lurie, Stephen McDonald, Ben McGuire, Judy McQueen, Nicholas Pounder, Graham Rowlands and Walter Struve. The subjects of the correspondence include McQueen's work as a freelance writer, book reviewer, art critic and independent scholar, his travels, comments on politics, operas, concerts, art exhibitions, books he read and personal news (101 boxes, 1 fol. item).
The Acc10.152 instalment consists of typescripts (some annotated), correspondence, newspaper clippings and ephemera. Significant projects include Hiding to nothing (collaboration with Tony Twigg, Sarah de Jong and Euan Upston); Only joking: a play in two acts; A framework of flesh: Builders' Labourers battle for health and safety; A new Britannia; Social sketches of Australia; and, the Socialist Alliance. Significant correspondents include Bernard Smith, Judy McQueen, Walter Struve, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Christos Tsiolkas, Kathy Lette, Caroline Lurie, Jack Mundey, Lindsay Fraser, Kathy Bail, Greg Mackie and Ruth Blair (6 boxes).
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1889731).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Humphrey McQueen, National Library of Australia, [class/series/file number]'.
The collection was partly donated to the Library by McQueen and partly purchased by the Library from him in several instalments from 1974.
Files 242-254 contain research material, notes and newspaper cuttings relating to McQueen's research for a book on the Japan-Indonesia-Australia triangle, 1988-90
The principal correspondents in Files 304-367 are:
Suzy Baldwin, Neil Beckhaus, Ruth Blair, Katharine Brisbane, Manning Clark, Peter Cochrane, Jenny Darling, Sara Dowse, Tom Fitzgerald, Adam Hughes, Nicholas Jose, Jenny Lee, Caroline Lurie, Judy McQueen, Drusilla Modjeska, Nicholas Pounder, Henry Rowland, Leo Schofield, Bernard Smith, Rosemary Sorenson and Max Suich.
Humphrey McQueen donated the papers in this addition in September 1996. They comprise subject files containing typescripts, notes and research material for his books A new Britannia (1975), Gone tomorrow (1982) and Tom Roberts (1996). There are also papers relating to Labor politics.
The Library has preserved the arrangement of papers within the files and the file titles.
Subject files (Boxes 71-76), unsorted notes (Boxes 77-78) and typescripts (Box 79-80) for Tom Roberts (1996)
Papers (mostly notes, bibliography and some cuttings) relating to Humphrey's research on the Labor Party
The Library purchased the papers from Humphrey McQueen in September 1998. They comprise correspondence, literary papers (including drafts of Suspect history), appointment diaries, two cassettes and papers relating to Thelma McQueen.
The subjects of the correspondence include McQueen's work and books (Tom Roberts (1996), Emerging pluralism in Asia and the Pacific (1997), Suspect history (1997) and Temper democratic: how exceptional is Australia? (1998)), the Manning Clark Courier Mail controversy, an exhibition at the Brisbane City Gallery curated by McQueen entitled 'Typically? Australian' in 1988 and personal news.
The correspondents include Bruce Anderson, Neil Beckhaus, Brisbane City Gallery, Adrian Chan, Grace Cochrane, Jenny Darling (McQueen's agent), Geoffrey Dutton, Wayne Harrison, Jean Hart, Kathy Lette, Chris McConville, Ben McGuire, HisayukiMitsuo, Graham Rowlands, Daniel Thomas, Dawn Williams and Yamamoto Yasushi.
The Library purchased this addition from McQueen in March 2001. It comprises personal and business correspondence (1996-2001), a copy typescript of The essence of capitalism: the origins of our future (2001) and other papers.
Subjects of the correspondence include McQueen's visit to the US, his illness, his work as a writer and reviewer, politics, Bach Festival in Melbourne, books read and personal news.
The main correspondents are Kathy Bail, Christie Beckhouse, Ruth Blair, Jenny Darling (McQueen's agent), Michael Dunn, Andrew Franklin (Profile Books), Graham Gully, Rodney Hall, Ken Inglis, Caroline Lurie (Hodder Headline), Peter Lyssiotis, Kathy Lette, Ben McGuire, Judy McQueen, HisayukiMitsuo, Nicholas Ponder, Graham Rowlands and Walter Stuve.
The Library purchased the May 2003 instalment from Humphrey McQueen. It comprises personal and business correspondence, typescript and reviews of The essence of capitalism (2001), reviews of Tom Roberts (1996), get well cards, photographs and other papers.
The correspondence gives a good picture of McQueen's work as a freelance writer//book reviewer/art critic and independent scholar, his travels, comments on politics, operas, concerts, art exhibitions, books and personal news.
The main correspondents include Peter Applegarth, Kathy Bail (editor of The Bulletin where McQueen is its art critic), Peter Cochrane, Jenny Darling (McQueen's agent), Eva de Jong, Kate Evans (ABC Radio National), Herbert Feith, Ben Genocchio, Anna Gray, Susan Hall (National Gallery of Australia concerning McQueen's contribution to Australian Art in the National Gallery of Australia), Nathan Hollier (Overland), Joan Kerr, Peter Kingston, Kathy Lette, Caroline Lurie, Ben McGuire, James Murdoch, Nicholas Pounder, Graham Rowlands, Peter Stasny (of the Jewish Museum in Vienna, which commissioned McQueen to write an essay on the Austrian-born sculptor Karl Duldig) and Black Rose Books (Canadian publishing house which published The essence of capitalism for the North America market).