Guide to the Papers of Kerry White


MS Acc10.053, Acc10.130, Acc10.176, Acc13.038

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Collection Summary

Kerry White
Papers of Kerry White
Date Range
Collection Number
MS Acc10.053, Acc10.130, Acc10.176, Acc13.038
3.3 metres (16 ms boxes + 2 medium folio boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

MS Acc10.053 comprises papers that document Kerry White's career as a bibliographer, writer, judge of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children's Book of the Year Awards and member of the board of the Poetry Australia Foundation. They include correspondence; notes, working papers, drafts, manuscripts and proofs of the second and third volumes of Australian children's books: a bibliography, Australian children's fiction: the subject guide (1993) and Brilliant books list (The reading bug); "Bookphile" newsletters; Honours and Ph.D. theses; and CBCA judging papers. Authors represented in the correspondence include Marcie Muir, Ivan Southall, Colin Thiele, Christobel Mattingley and Bob Graham (16 boxes, 2 fol. boxes).

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Biographical Note

Bibliographer, writer and reviewer. Kerry White was born in Wollongong, New South Wales in 1958. She graduated from the University of Wollongong, where she also tutored and lectured in Australian literature and children's books, until leaving teaching in 1989 to concentrate on bibliography and writing. White has written numerous articles, reviews, bibliographies and biographical pieces on Australian writing and authors for Australian and overseas reference works, monographs and journals. She has written major bibliographical works on Australian children's literature and co-created "The Source", a subscription-based website guide to children's literature from Australia and around the world. White has served on the board of the Poetry Australia Foundation and has been a judge for a number of literary awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Children's Book of the Year Awards, the 2001 New South Wales Premier's Literary awards and the Taronga Poetry prize.

Item Descriptions

Class MS Acc10.053. Original Consignment

Series. ACB 2 correspondence

Letters, chiefly from Melbourne University Press, Letters to and from various publishers, 1987-1993 (File) - Box 1

Series. ACB 2 working papers

Expenses, File cards, seek notes, arranged by library, c.1988-1989 (File) - Box 1
Large file of notes, lists. Japanese editions title pages (to be transliterated.) Title pages from author Pat Edwards with covering letter, 1989 (File) - Box 2
Foreign editions title pages (to be transliterated.) Information folders on series, addresses, city specific 'to do' lists (File) - Box 3

Series. ACB 2

Three versions of compiled search lists, Publicity, reviews, Information about compiling bibliographies; application for grant (File) - Box 4
Original ms as sent to MUP (File) - Box 5
Revised master (File) - Folio-Box 6
Original printout of proofs (File) - Folio-Box 7

Series. ACB 3 correspondence

Letters to and from MUP, Editing letters, Publicity, reviews, 1999-2003. 2003, c.2004 (File) - Box 8

Series. ACB 3

Original manuscript (File) - Box 8-10

Series. ACB 3 working papers (more still to come from KW)

Foreign editions title pages to be transliterated, Hand-written diary relating to the period of KW's Manning Clarke House residency and NLA fellowship. Include pressed flowers, printouts of emails, photographs and other ephemera pasted-in (File) - Box 11

Series. PhD and Honours theses

Honour's thesis in folder, File of correspondence, including letters from Dorothy Jones (supervisor), Baiba Berzins, McPhee Gribble, Box of floppy disks, Bound Phd thesis, 1981-1982. 1982-1986. 1985 (File) - Box 12

Series. CBCA judging papers

Loose cards x 2, Various judging related working papers,Correspondence re awards 1994 & 1995, [Articles about the awards – not received yet?], Children's handwritten reports in scrapbook, c.1994. 1994-1995. 1994-1995 (File) - Box 13

Series. Bookphile newsletter 1996–2000

Correspondence, Set of masters, 1996-1999 (File) - Box 14

Series. Poetry Australia Foundation

Set of 'Blue Dog' journals, Correspondence and papers related to establishment of the Foundation, Five Islands Press letters (from early days when a co-operative), 2001-2007. c.1988-1989 (File) - Box 15

Series. BALP, White checklist

Correspondence, working papers, 1998-1999 (File) - Box 16

Series. Australian Children's Fiction, the Subject Guide

Note and information from author Edle Wignall, Working papers and correspondence, ACF Update, [Working papers and correspondence, ACF – not received yet?], c.1992. 1995-1997 (File) - Box 16

Series. Brilliant Books list (The Reading Bug)

Correspondence, working papers (File) - Box 16

Series. Correspondence (general publishing)

Large folder correspondence, St James Press, 1986-2006. 1989 (File) - Box 17

Series. Miscellaneous

In the shadow of the 90s, Plastic bag of correspondence with Australian children's authors and illustrators seeking confirmation of bibliographic details. Includes Ivan Southall, Colin Thiele, Christobel Mattingly, Bob Graham, c.1989. c.1989-1990 (File) - Box 17

Series. Marcie Muir

Letters from Marcie Muir and obituaries, 1987-2008 (File) - Box 18

Class MS Acc10.130. Consignment Received August 2010

The Acc10.130 instalment includes papers, largely correspondence, documenting White's career as a bibliographer and writer, specialising in Australian children's literature. The correspondence relates to White's study, the Bibliography of Australian Literature Project (BALP), "Bookphile" newsletter, School magazine and the third edition of Australian children's books: a bibliography. Correspondents include Marcie Muir, publishers and authors (1 packet).

Class MS Acc10.176. Consignment Received November 2010

The Acc10.176 instalment comprises a Christmas card from Penguin Books addressed to Kerry White (1 packet).

Class MS Acc13.038. Consignment received 2013

The Acc13.038 instalment comprises two sketches by children's illustrator and photographer, Mark David. Sketches originally formed part of a collection of additional personal papers donated by Dr Kerry White (2 fol. boxes).