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Collection Summary

Creator
Sara Dowse
Title
Papers of Sara Dowse
Date Range
1998
Collection Number
MS 7365 et al
Extent
22.5 items (150 ms boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Manuscripts)

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the MS 7365 collection comprises papers relating to Sara Dowse's work as a writer, including research material, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and drafts of her novels, reviews and short stories. There are papers relating to her work as head of the Office of Women's Affairs, papers relating to grant applications, and personal correspondence with family and friends. There are extensive files on West Block, Canberra tales, Schemetime and Silver city, and also on the National Women's Advisory Council, Australian Labor Party, and Australian National Word Festival.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1082236).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers have been acquired from Sara Dowse in a number of instalments between 1984 and 2005. 1984 - Boxes 1-91; 1988 - Boxes 92-99 ; Mar 1989 - Boxes 100; Jun 1989 - Boxes 101-103; 1990 - Boxes 104-111; 1991 - Boxes 112-114; 1992 - Box 115; 1994 - Boxes 115-129; 1996 - Boxes 129-130; 1997 - Boxes 131-133; 1998 - Boxes 133-146; 2002 - Box 147; 2003 - Box 148; 2004 - Box 149; 2005 - Box 150.

The Oral History Section of the Library holds a number of sound recordings of Dowse, including 14 cassette tapes which were included in papers received for this collection. There are also recordings of a number of interviews of prominent people, conducted by Dowse on behalf of the Section. The Pictures Section of the Library holds a photographic portrait of Dowse, taken by Virginia Wallace-Crabbe in 1990.

Arrangement

The first five instalments of papers, covering the period 1984-1987 and contained in boxes 1-91, were amalgamated into a series arrangement consisting of literary works, correspondence, women's issues, printed materials and political issues. Subsequent instalments have been listed in the order in which they were received.

Biographical Note

Dale Sara Dowse was born on 12 November 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in New York and Los Angeles and studied arts at the University of California. In 1958, Dowse moved to Australia, settling first in Sydney where, in 1968, she obtained a BA (History and English) from the University of Sydney, and then in Canberra.

Dowse has worked variously as an editor, academic, journalist and public servant, joining the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 1974 as head of its newly created Women's Affairs Section (which under her leadership became the Women's

Affairs Branch and then the Office of Women's Affairs). She resigned from the Public Service in 1977 to work as a freelance writer. Dowse was one of a group of ACT-based women writers known as the 'Canberra Seven'. They produced a joint anthology of Canberra-based stories entitled Canberra tales, published by Penguin in 1988, and re-released in 1995 under the title The division of love: stories.

Dowse has written in a number of genres including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, reviews, journal articles, television mini-series and poetry. She has published six books, contributed to several volumes of short stories and her articles and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications. Dowse's writing for television includes two episodes of the ABC-TV drama Relative Merits and a five-part adaptation of her novel, West Block, commissioned by the ABC, which was later cancelled. Dowse has also conducted a number of oral history interviews on behalf of the Oral History Section of the National Library of Australia.

In support of her career as a writer, Dowse has received several grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and an ACT Literary Fellowship. Her book, Sapphires, was voted 3M Talking Book of the Year in 1994, ACT Book of the Year in 1995 and was short-listed for the 1995 Steele Rudd Award. In 1995 and 1997, Dowse was voted ACT Book Reviewer of the Year.

In 1998, Dowse moved with her second husband to Canada where she continued to write and paint. In 2004 Dowse returned to Australia and currently resides in Sydney.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7365. Original Consignment

West Block early drafts (File) - Box 1 (MS 7365)

West Block unedited manuscripts (File) - Box 1 (MS 7365)

West Block notebook (File) - Box 1 (MS 7365)

West Block early drafts (File) - Box 2 (MS 7365)

West Block draft (File) - Box 2 (MS 7365)

West Block film script episode 3 and related material (File) - Box 2 (MS 7365)

West Block second draft film script (File) - Box 3 (MS 7365)

West Block film script episodes 3, 4 & 6 (File) - Box 3 (MS 7365)

West Block draft film script "Catherine takes Charge" and associated draft (File) - Box 3 (MS 7365)

West Block typescript draft (File) - Box 4 (MS 7365)

Bromides of West Block and notes (File) - Box 4 (MS 7365)

West Block draft "Catherine takes Charge" (File) - Box 4 (MS 7365)

Bromides notes of West Block and photographs of Sara Dowse (File) - Box 4 (MS 7365)

Typed and handwritten drafts of West Block (File) - Box 5 (MS 7365)

Original edited manuscript (File) - Box 5 (MS 7365)

Handwritten drafts of West Block including photographs and notebook (File) - Box 5 (MS 7365)

Typed and handwritten drafts (File) - Box 6 (MS 7365)

Draft and notes of West Block (File) - Box 6 (MS 7365)

Draft of film script of West Block (File) - Box 6 (MS 7365)

Draft of film script of West Block for episodes 2 & 3, 1984-5 (File) - Box 6 (MS 7365)

Various drafts and film script of West Block (File) - Box 7 (MS 7365)

Film script of West Block episode 3-, 1984 (File) - Box 7 (MS 7365)

Letter and typed draft for "Cassie Down Under" (File) - Box 7 (MS 7365)

Various typed chapters for West Block (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Penguin correspondence and papers (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Typed draft of West Block (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Episode 4- "Cassie down Under" (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Typed draft and film script of West Block (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Typed and handwritten drafts of West Block (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Second draft of West Block- Episode 1, 1986 (File) - Box 8 (MS 7365)

Second draft of film script of West Block (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 2, 1986 (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 3, 1986 (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 4, 1986 (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 5, 1987 (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

Draft of film script of West Block episode 3, 1984 (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

Draft and film script of "Catherine takes Charge" (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

Draft story lines for film script of West Block (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

Typed and handwritten drafts of film script of West Block (File) - Box 9 (MS 7365)

Drafts for West Block (File) - Box 10 (MS 7365)

Various drafts and notes for West Block (File) - Box 10 (MS 7365)

Draft of film script for West Block (File) - Box 10 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 3, 1984 (File) - Box 10 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 1, 1985 (File) - Box 10 (MS 7365)

West Block episode 2, 1985 (File) - Box 10 (MS 7365)

Research material and notes (3 folders) (File) - Box 11 (MS 7365)

Letters and drafts for West Block (2 folders) (File) - Box 11 (MS 7365)

Notes and drafts of West Block (4 folders) (File) - Box 11 (MS 7365)

Phoenix drafts and notes (2 folders) (File) - Box 12 (MS 7365)

Phoenix drafts and schedules- episode 5 (File) - Box 12 (MS 7365)

Drafts of Phoenix- episode 9 (File) - Box 12 (MS 7365)

ABC script of Phoenix- episode 5- 1986 (2 folders) (File) - Box 12 (MS 7365)

ABC script of Phoenix- episode 9, 1986 (File) - Box 12 (MS 7365)

Notes on structure of Phoenix (File) - Box 13 (MS 7365)

Notes and draft of Phoenix- episode 5 (File) - Box 13 (MS 7365)

Drafts and notes on Phoenix (File) - Box 13 (MS 7365)

Handwritten drafts of Phoenix (File) - Box 14 (MS 7365)

Drafts and notes of Phoenix (File) - Box 14 (MS 7365)

First draft of Phoenix- episode 5 (File) - Box 14 (MS 7365)

ABC script of Phoenix -episode 5 (File) - Box 14 (MS 7365)

ABC script of Phoenix-episode 1 (File) - Box 14 (MS 7365)

ABC script of Phoenix- episodes 2, 3 & 4 (File) - Box 15 (MS 7365)

Typed and handwritten drafts and notes on Phoenix (File) - Box 15 (MS 7365)

Scene outlines (File) - Box 15 (MS 7365)

Second draft of Phoenix- episode 5 (File) - Box 15 (MS 7365)

Various papers (File) - Box 16-19 (MS 7365)

Including drafts, notes, film scripts, advertising brochures, photographs, schedules, production papers, research material and original manuscript for the novel of the film, Silver city; correspondence and copies of Thomas Keneally's draft

"Rooms of their own" (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Interview with Jennifer Ellison (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Notes and articles, 1984-85 (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Feminism, 1974-78 (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Draft of '"The Visitor" (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Literary articles and drafts (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

"Sisterhood is global" correspondence and papers (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Literary drafts and articles, 1980's (File) - Box 20 (MS 7365)

Drafts of short stories and poems (File) - Box 21 (MS 7365)

ABC TV script "The Fast Lane" (File) - Box 21 (MS 7365)

Ensemble theatre project (File) - Box 21 (MS 7365)

Australian- American Educational Foundation, 1986 (File) - Box 21 (MS 7365)

Bicentennial Commissioning Programme (File) - Box 22 (MS 7365)

Australian National Word Festival, 1986-7 (File) - Box 22 (MS 7365)

Australian Society of Authors (File) - Box 22 (MS 7365)

Diary, 1985-6 (File) - Box 23 (MS 7365)

National Agenda for Women Conference, 1986 (File) - Box 23 (MS 7365)

ANU talk (File) - Box 23 (MS 7365)

"Vanished" (File) - Box 23 (MS 7365)

"Gumshoes" (File) - Box 23 (MS 7365)

Unidentified files on various topics (File) - Box 24 (MS 7365)

Newspaper cuttings, Drafts etc. Including "Open Night" (File) - Box 24 (MS 7365)

Assorted papers and correspondence relating to Sara Dowse's work as a field editor for Thomas Nelson publishers during the early, 1970s (File) - Box 25-27 (MS 7365)

Book reviews, essays and miscellaneous papers, 1977-1980 (File) - Box 28 (MS 7365)

Correspondence (mainly personal, but some literary), 1976-1987 (File) - Box 29-32 (MS 7365)

Assorted papers relating to various women's studies courses (File) - Box 33 (MS 7365)

Assorted personal financial records (File) - Box 34-35 (MS 7365)

Various government reports relating to women's issues, 1974-1983 (File) - Box 36-37 (MS 7365)

Press cuttings and papers relating to various humanitarian issues in South America e.g. Chile, Cuba, including notes by Dowse (File) - Box 38 (MS 7365)

Miscellaneous papers and printed material including feminist journals, newspapers, newsletters, correspondence and colour slides relating to the women's movement, 1971-1984. Also includes 1983 and 1984 diaries. (File) - Box 39-45 (MS 7365)

Press cuttings primarily concerned with women's issues and Ms Dowse's resignation from the Public Service (File) - Box 46-49 (MS 7365)

Various journals, magazines, newsletters and government reports, in the subject areas of politics, literature, feminism, public administration, history and education, 1971-1985 (File) - Box 50-58 (MS 7365)

Assorted papers emanating from Sara Dowse's work in the Office of Women's Affairs, 1974-1977 (File) - Box 59-62 (MS 7365)

Subject files, mostly emanating from the Office of Women's Affairs (File) - Box 63-84 (MS 7365)

General

1 file in box 73 restricted; 1 file in box 79 Restricted

Assorted papers on child care, 1973-1976 (File) - Box 85-86 (MS 7365)

Assorted papers and subject files relating to National Women's Advisory Council, 1978-1980 (File) - Box 87 (MS 7365)

Various papers regarding the Australian Labor Party and women's issues (File) - Box 88 (MS 7365)

Miscellaneous articles and addresses relating to women's issues, employment and education and the Regional Unemployment Scheme (REDS) (File) - Box 89-91 (MS 7365)

Various drafts for "My cousin Paolo" (initially titled "The passenger") (File) - Box 92 (MS 7365)

Various drafts of West Block (File) - Box 93 (MS 7365)

Personal correspondence, 1987-1988 (File) - Box 94 (MS 7365)

Letters written by Dowse to her mother, 1958-1963 (File) - Box 95 (MS 7365)

Papers and press cuttings from the Women in Politics Conference, 1975 (File) - Box 96 (MS 7365)

Miscellaneous papers, drafts of early short stories, photographs, negatives, reviews, articles, reports, and subject files for the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL), Interact Theatre, The Australian Author, Australian Labor Party, Sisterhood is Global, and the Women's Film Fund. (File) - Box 97-98 (MS 7365)

Various drafts of Canberra tales (File) - Box 99 (MS 7365)

Various drafts of the television script for West Block, 1987 (File) - Box 100 (MS 7365)

Correspondence, 1988-1989 (File) - Box 101 (MS 7365)

Various papers, journals, drafts and notes relating to Immigration Review panel, 'Australian Society', WEL and Canberra tales together with diaries, 1988-1989 (File) - Box 102-103 (MS 7365)

Research papers, drafts and final typescript of Schemetime, 1988-1990 (File) - Box 104-110 (MS 7365)

Correspondence with family, friends, publishers, literary agents and others, 1986-1990 (File) - Box 110-111 (MS 7365)

Manuscripts and typescripts of articles, talks and reviews, 1989-1990 (File) - Box 110-111 (MS 7365)

Miscellaneous papers including newspaper cuttings, printed material and job applications (File) - Box 110-111 (MS 7365)

Edited manuscript (c1989), first set of proofs (later redone) and editing notes relating to Schemetime. (File) - Box 112 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to Writers Against Nuclear Arms (1986-1990), the Australian National Word Festival (1987-1991) and the Amanda Lohrey collection, (1989-1990) (File) - Box 113 (MS 7365)

Personal correspondence, 1989-1991 (File) - Box 114 (MS 7365)

Miscellaneous reviews, drafts, newspaper clippings and television references, 1988-1991 (File) - Box 114 (MS 7365)

Notes and drafts for Australian Society profiles, 1990 (File) - Box 114 (MS 7365)

Drafts of Silver city, c1983 (File) - Box 114 (MS 7365)

Reviews and correspondence relating to Schemetime, 1990-1991 (File) - Box 114 (MS 7365)

Invitation and guest list for a farewell for David Brooks and Nicolette Stasko (File) - Box 114 (MS 7365)

General and personal correspondence, 1992-1994 (File) - Box 115 (MS 7365)

Personal correspondence, 1991-1992 (File) - Box 115 (MS 7365)

Drafts of Dowse's paper 'Hard-won point of view', delivered at the 1991 Australian Word Festival and published in Island, Winter 1991 (not sighted in box January 2010) (File) - Box 115 (MS 7365)

Correspondence and drafts of early stories, book reviews for the Canberra Times and articles for Australian Society and Modern Times (File) - Box 115 (MS 7365)

Poems of Nicolette Stasko and Elizabeth Lawson, nd (File) - Box 115 (MS 7365)

General and personal correspondence, 1989-1994 (File) - Box 116 (MS 7365)

Correspondence regarding requests for copyright permissions by Dowse, 1988 (File) - Box 117 (MS 7365)

West Block: synopsis of mini-series, 1989 (File) - Box 117 (MS 7365)

West Block: script for the five episodes of the mini-series, 1987 (File) - Box 117 (MS 7365)

Copy of WANA, Writers Against Nuclear Arms newsletter, No. 8, 1990 (File) - Box 118 (MS 7365)

Copies of Viewpoint, Australian Writer's Guild newsletter, No. 152, 1988 - No. 211, 1993 (incomplete) and Vol. 21, Nos. 1-4 and 6, 1994 (File) - Box 118 (MS 7365)

Copies of Australian Author, Australian Society of Authors' newsletter, 1985-1993 (incomplete) (File) - Box 118 (MS 7365)

Copies of WEL, Women's Electoral Lobby newsletters, 1991-1994 (File) - Box 119 (MS 7365)

Copies of National Bulletin, WEL journal, 1989 (File) - Box 119 (MS 7365)

Copies of Inkwell, WEL journal, 1990-1994 (File) - Box 119 (MS 7365)

Research papers and drafts of articles written by Dowse about the clothing industry, new federalism, the Sex Discrimination Act and enterprise bargaining for publication in Australian Society (File) - Box 119 (MS 7365)

Copies of Island, Issue 46, Autumn 1991-Issue 58, Autumn 1994 (File) - Box 120 (MS 7365)

Copies of Australian Society, 1989-1992 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

Copies of Blast, 1988-1993 (incomplete) (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

Copy of Blast Papers, 1993 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

One copy of Panorama, Nov 1988 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

One copy of Narcissus, ANU Literary Society magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1990 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

Copies of Editions, 1992-1993 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

Copies of Modern Times, 1992 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

Catalogue for the 2nd Australian Feminist Book Fortnight, 1991 (File) - Box 121 (MS 7365)

Research papers and draft of an article by Dowse about women and the 1993 Federal election for publication in the Age (File) - Box 122 (MS 7365)

Drafts of reviews written by Dowse for publication in Editions and the Canberra Times (File) - Box 122 (MS 7365)

Drafts and copies of reviews written by Dowse, 1993 (File) - Box 122 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to Dowse's guest editorship of Island, Issue 52, Spring 1992 (File) - Box 122 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to the ACT Book Review of the Year Award and the ACT Book of the Year Award, 1993 (File) - Box 122 (MS 7365)

Draft of 'Canberra', Dowse's contribution to Australia for women: travel and culture, edited by Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein and published by Spinifex, Melbourne, 1994 (File) - Box 122 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to Dowse's editorship of Home grown anthology, published by the Majura Women's Group in 1993. (File) - Box 123 (MS 7365)

Included is correspondence, edited drafts from contributors (including some on disc) and drafts of Dowse's introduction.

Margaret Menally MAJURA WOMEN'S GROUP - WRITING PROJECT, RUTH SEAR WEICHARD, TRANSFER TO MIC [1 of 3] (Item NLA.MS-DM000058) - Digital-Carriers-Box 1

Dimensions

BASF FlexyDisk 5.25

Physical Facet

5.25 inch floppy disk

WORKS: GARD WPS Kate Eccles-Smith "In the Garden 1992" Transfer to Word Micros (?) [2 of 3] (Item NLA.MS-DM000058) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Dimensions

RED SPOT 5.25 (130mm) DS/DD 48 T.P.I. MD-20

Physical Facet

5.25 inch floppy disk

Refugees & Peaches, Word Perfect 5.1, Dawn Sheridan Writing Project, Transfer to Micros., MENALLY [3 of 3] (Item NLA.MS-DM000058) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Dimensions

Nashua

Physical Facet

5.25 inch floppy disk

"STORIES" MAC DISK, MICROSOFT WORD 5.0 [1 of 4] (Item NLA.MS-DM000059) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Dimensions

3M 3.5, DS, HD, double side high density 2.0 MB

Physical Facet

3.5 inch floppy disk

DISK for "Neighbors" & "Freesias" from M. Wallace [2 of 4] (Item NLA.MS-DM000059) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Dimensions

Verbatim DataLife MF2-DD, IBM FORMAT

Physical Facet

3.5 inch floppy disk

Sara Dowse, Computer disc for Caroline Ford Writing Project CAS.DOC WORDPERFECT 5.1 [3 of 4] (Item NLA.MS-DM000059) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Dimensions

HD

Physical Facet

3.5 inch floppy disk

M.L. AYRES [4 of 4] (Item NLA.MS-DM000059) - Digital-Carriers-Box 2

Dimensions

Nashua MF-2DD, For APPLE MACINTOSH, DS-DD 135 T.P.I., FORMATTED 800kb

Physical Facet

3.5 inch floppy disk

Draft of an article written by Dowse entitled 'Between life and art' for publication in Australian Book Review, 1993 (File) - Box 123 (MS 7365)

Drafts of a small number of pages of Dowse's book Silver city (File) - Box 123 (MS 7365)

Proposed extract of Schemetime, prepared for Australian Society but not published, 1989 (File) - Box 123 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to the development of the ACT Writer's Fellowship (ACT Arts Development Board), 1989-1990 (File) - Box 124 (MS 7365)

Draft of a speech given by Dowse at the Feminism and the State conference, 1989 (File) - Box 124 (MS 7365)

Correspondence relating to Dowse's book Sapphires, 1991 (File) - Box 124 (MS 7365)

Three notebooks of manuscript drafts of Sapphires (File) - Box 124 (MS 7365)

Edited typescript of Sapphires (File) - Box 124 (MS 7365)

Draft chapters of Sapphires (File) - Box 125 (MS 7365)

Draft chapters of Sapphires (File) - Box 126 (MS 7365)

Edited typescript of Sapphires (File) - Box 126 (MS 7365)

Galley proofs of Sapphires (File) - Box 126 (MS 7365)

Typescripts of Sapphires, some edited by members of the Canberra Seven group of writers (File) - Box 127 (MS 7365)

Edited typescripts of Sapphires (File) - Box 128 (MS 7365)

Proofs of 'Paris', written by Dowse for publication in Blast, 1992 (File) - Box 128 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to Dowse's time as Writer-in-Residence at Adelaide University, 1993 (File) - Box 129 (MS 7365)

A copy of Working from inside: twenty years of the Office of the Status of Women, 1994, inscribed to Dowse by Paul Keating (File) - Box 129 (MS 7365)

Audio cassette tape of a University Radio 5UV interview of Dowse by Emily Sutherland, 1993 (File) - Box 129 (MS 7365)

Personal and some general correspondence, 1990-1995 (File) - Box 129 (MS 7365)

Audio cassette tape of a University Radio 5UV interview of Dowse by Emily Sutherland 1993 (not sighted in box January 2010) (File) - Box 129 (MS 7365)

Notebooks containing manuscript draft of Digging (File) - Box 130 (MS 7365)

Edited typescripts of Digging (File) - Box 130 (MS 7365)

Draft of Dowse's introduction to The division of love: stories, published in 1995 (File) - Box 130 (MS 7365)

Drafts and related newspaper cuttings of book reviews written by Dowse, 1994-1995 (File) - Box 130 (MS 7365)

Greeting cards received by Dowse, 1994-1995 (File) - Box 131 (MS 7365)

Personal and general correspondence, 1994-1996 (File) - Box 131 (MS 7365)

Typescript of Digging, nd (File) - Box 131 (MS 7365)

Typescript of Digging, with editorial comments, 1996 (File) - Box 131 (MS 7365)

Typescript of first four chapters of Digging, together with edited galley proofs and cover, 1996 (File) - Box 132 (MS 7365)

Drafts and related newspaper cuttings of book reviews written by Dowse, 1995-1996 (File) - Box 132 (MS 7365)

Drafts of talks given by Dowse at the Perth Writers' Festival, together with related ephemera, 1995 (File) - Box 132 (MS 7365)

Drafts of talks given by Dowse at the Adelaide Writers' Festival, together with related ephemera, 1996 (File) - Box 132 (MS 7365)

Drafts of talks and papers relating to public appearances by Dowse, 1984, 1992-1995 (File) - Box 132 (MS 7365)

Drafts of talks and papers relating to public appearances by Dowse, 1994-1995 (File) - Box 133 (MS 7365)

Personal correspondence, 1991-1998 (File) - Box 133 (MS 7365)

General correspondence, 1982-1983, 1992-1998 (File) - Box 134 (MS 7365)

General correspondence, 1992-1998 (cont) (File) - Box 135 (MS 7365)

Correspondence with Brenda Walker, 1994-1997 (File) - Box 135 (MS 7365)

Letter from Gloria Orenstein, together with typescripts of two papers written by her, 1997 (File) - Box 135 (MS 7365)

Job applications by Dowse, 1994-1996 (File) - Box 135 (MS 7365)

Correspondence regarding entries contributed by Dowse to The Cambridge guide to women's writing in English, 1997-1998 (File) - Box 135 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to an application by Dowse for an ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, 1996 (File) - Box 136 (MS 7365)

Correspondence and papers relating to objections to a development application by Dowse for her residence in Turner, ACT, 1995-1996 (File) - Box 136 (MS 7365)

Drafts and related newspaper cuttings of reviews written by Dowse, 1994-1998 (File) - Box 136 (MS 7365)

Correspondence, drafts, papers and cuttings relating to articles and short stories published by Dowse, 1989-1997 (File) - Box 137 (MS 7365)

Reviews of West Block, 1983-1984 (File) - Box 137 (MS 7365)

Reviews of Schemetime, 1990-1991 (File) - Box 138 (MS 7365)

Typescript of a short story entitled 'The man in the gene', written by Dowse for a special issue of Westerly in 1997 (File) - Box 138 (MS 7365)

Copies of published journals containing writings by Dowse, 1989-1992 (File) - Box 138 (MS 7365)

They include Blast, Island, Westerly, Southerly, National Library of Australia News, Voices, Overland, Narcissus and The Phoenix Review.

Newspapers and ephemera relating to Jewish women (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Notes relating to an ACT Writers' Centre Workshop, 1996 (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Drafts of Dowse's contribution to Motherlove : stories about birth, babies & beyond, edited by Debra Adelaide and published in 1996 (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Drafts of a short story entitled 'Desperate acts', written by Dowse for The Age, 1995 (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Draft of 'Dough', written by Dowse for publication in Island (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Transcript of an interview of Dowse by Hester Einstein, 14 Mar 1990 (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Drafts and cuttings of early short stories written by Dowse (File) - Box 139 (MS 7365)

Nine small notebooks containing Dowse's notes for, amongst others, Schemetime, Canberra tales and Sapphires (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Notebook containing drafts of two poems by Dowse: 'Fugue on forty' published in Island No. 27, 1986 and 'Sam rides a bike, moving closer to manhood' published in Phoenix No. 4, 1989 (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to a proposal for an SBS television mini-series entitled 'Breath of life', which did not proceed, 1989 (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Correspondence with the National Library of Australia, 1988-1991 (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Reviews of Silver City, Canberra tales and West Block, 1984-1989 (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Correspondence and drafts of contributions by Dowse to the following anthologies: Republica, published by Angus and Robertson, 1994; She's a train and she's dangerous : women alone in the 1990s, edited by Lizz Murphy and published in 1994 and Australia for women: travel and culture, edited by Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein and published in 1994 (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Drafts Sam Rides a Bus and Figure on 40 (File) - Box 140 (MS 7365)

Curriculum vitae for John Iremonger, in preparation for an oral history interview by Dowse, 1995 (File) - Box 141 (MS 7365)

Correspondence, papers and ephemera from the 6th International Feminist Book Fair, Melbourne, 1994 (File) - Box 141 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to Dowse's contribution to a proposed encyclopaedia of Australian culture, 1994 (File) - Box 141 (MS 7365)

Correspondence and papers relating to the Australian Society of Authors, 1997-1998 (File) - Box 141 (MS 7365)

Newspaper cuttings, many referring to Dowse and books she has written/contributed to, 1993-1996 (File) - Box 141 (MS 7365)

Newspaper cuttings, many referring to Dowse and books she has written/contributed to, 1994-1997 (File) - Box 142 (MS 7365)

Papers regarding a seminar on East Timor, at which Dowse was a speaker, Canberra, 1991 (File) - Box 142 (MS 7365)

Correspondence and papers relating to Dowse's time as Writer-in-Residence at Kelly Steps Cottage, Hobart, 1992 (File) - Box 142 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to the publication in 1995 of The division of love: stories, previously published as Canberra tales in 1988 (File) - Box 142 (MS 7365)

Various versions of Dowse's curriculum vitae (File) - Box 142 (MS 7365)

Correspondence, mainly of Edna Ryan, and papers relating to the establishment and administration of the Beryl Henderson Foundation, of which Dowse was a committee member, 1987-1998 (File) - Box 143 (MS 7365)

Correspondence with the National Library of Australia concerning Dowse's work as an oral history interviewer, 1991-1992 (File) - Box 143 (MS 7365)

Published papers from the conference Power in Australia: directions of change, at which Dowse presented a paper entitled 'The women's movement', Canberra, 1981 (File) - Box 143 (MS 7365)

Copy of the report The ALP and women: towards equality, nd (File) - Box 143 (MS 7365)

Two VHS video-cassettes containing episodes 1-10 of the mini-series Relative merits (File) - Box 143 (MS 7365)

Two video cassettes containing episodes 1-10 of Relative Merits, Added 20/11/98 [On Tape Jacket] RELATIVE MERITS 1-6 [VHS video], 20/11/98 (Item 2) - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000162
Two video cassettes containing episodes 1-10 of Relative Merits, Added 20/11/98 [VHS video], 20/11/98 (Item 1) - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000161

Australia Council: papers and subsequent correspondence relating to various grant applications by Dowse, together with correspondence concerning her work as a member of the Literature Fund, 1982-1987 (File) - Box 144 (MS 7365)

Cuttings and notes relating to Digging (File) - Box 144 (MS 7365)

Research papers, cover mock-ups and correspondence with Penguin Books regarding editorial work on Digging, 1996 (File) - Box 144 (MS 7365)

Reviews of Digging (File) - Box 145 (MS 7365)

Research papers and drafts of chapters for Sapphires (File) - Box 145 (MS 7365)

Drafts of chapters of Sapphires, edited by Margaret Barbalet (File) - Box 146 (MS 7365)

Drafts and proofs of Sapphires (File) - Box 146 (MS 7365)

Reviews of Sapphires, 1994 (File) - Box 146 (MS 7365)

Publicity material relating to Sapphires, 1994 (File) - Box 146 (MS 7365)

Certificate for '1994 3M Talking Book of the Year Award' awarded to Dowse for Sapphires (File) - Box 146 (MS 7365)

Edited typescript of Digging (File) - Box 147 (MS 7365)

Edited galley proofs of Digging (File) - Box 147 (MS 7365)

Letters and cards, largely from friends, family and colleagues in Australia to Dowse and husband Tony Taylor in Canada, including an extensive correspondence from Ruth Arndt, most enclosing press cuttings of reviews and articles about or by Dowse published in the Canberra Times, 1998-2003 (File) - Box 148 (MS 7365)

Draft of unpublished manuscript, 'Naming Liza', completed in 2000 with explanatory note by Dowse, dated 2003 (File) - Box 148 (MS 7365)

Literature Board of the Australia Council applications, 1999, 2002-2003 (File) - Box 149 (MS 7365)

Papers relating to 'A century of citizenship in Australia and in Canada' conference, including Dowse's paper 'The second wave: Australia transformed', 2001 (File) - Box 149 (MS 7365)

Press cuttings, largely consisting of Dowse's reviews and articles published in newspapers in Australia and Canada, 1998-2004 (File) - Box 149 (MS 7365)

Miscellaneous papers, including: testimonials, 1998-1999; press cuttings 1999-2004; conference papers by Bronwyn Cran and Rodney Smith which cite Dowse publications, 1999-2000; and a draft chapter of Bronwyn Cran's book, Babylonia : reconfiguring the Australian political novel in the 'postfeminist', 'postmodern', 'postcolonial' era (published 2002) (File) - Box 149 (MS 7365)

Publications: The wayward coast. Anthology: 2002, containing Dowse's contribution 'A small reflection on a woman and her gun'; and Reading the peninsula. Stories of the Saanich Peninsula, edited by Dowse and including a short story by Dowse published under the name of Charlotte Biscay, 'The pond hunters', 2003 (File) - Box 149 (MS 7365)

Printed emails, largely corresponding with family, 1999 (File) - Box 150 (MS 7365)

Correspondence largely conducted during Dowse's period of residence in Canada, including letters between Dowse and husband Tony Taylor when Taylor preceded Dowse in the move to Canada, 1998-2004 (File) - Box 150 (MS 7365)

Articles including: photocopies of a Canberra Times article on Dowse's move to Canada 1998; unpublished article by Dowse 'Luck and honey cake for the coming year' 2001; copies of reviews by Dowse used to obtain reviewing work in North America; and notes and a draft of an interview by Dowse with Michael Ondaatje which was published in 2002. (File) - Box 150 (MS 7365)

Class MS Acc08.120. Consignment Received July 2008

The Acc08.120 instalment comprises drafts and research material for articles, essays, stories, speeches and an unpublished novel. There are also papers associated with Dowse's chairmanship of the judging panel for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2006, and correspondence (2 boxes).

Class MS Acc08.149. Consignment Received September 2008

comprises 19 boxes of 3.5 inch floppy disks, including, in various forms email correspondence; early drafts of Schemetime, Sapphires, Digging, and Reading the Pensinsula; current and "backburner" projects - Liza book/s, Hollywood essays, "Path to Fortune" thriller, Van der Velde novel; essays, stories, APA project, lectures, poetry, book reviews; transcripts of Russian, Israeli and US interviews; visual images. Two audio cassettes: one containing a recording of an interview of Dowse by Margaret Throsby, the other a recording of a talk given by dissident Chinese Dai Qing to Canberra PEN (1 box)

Class MS Acc09.180. Consignment Received 2009

The Acc09.180 instalment comprises papers reflecting Dowse's career as a writer. They comprise diaries, correspondence, notes, research notes, newspaper cuttings, photographs and drafts of her writing, including fiction, biography, articles and early and unpublished stories. There are papers relating to a National Library of Australia Harold White Fellowship, grant and job applications, conferences and public appearances, and personal correspondence with family and friends. Literary papers include extensive files relating to a biography of Lisa Fitch; drafts of Hollywood, Sass, Border crossing, Sapphires and Fleeting; and, scripts of West Block. Some of these titles are accompanied by written comments from members of the Seven Writers' group (also known as "The Canberra Seven") and Penny Pollitt (14 boxes).

Notes on first research travel, studio portrait Louise Fitch, 1990-91 (File 1) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes for Voices article - Harold White Fellowship, 1989-90 (File 2) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes for Australian Society article on Israel, 1991 (File 3) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes on early drafts of Lisa Fitch biography, 1990s (File 4) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts Lisa Fitch biography, 1990s (File 5) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Copies Lisa Fitch letters, 1990s (File 6) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts Lisa Fitch biography, 1990s (File 7) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Research material: Ahad Ha'am, 1990s (File 8) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.180)

Talks, conference, public appearances, 1990s (File 1) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, 1997-8 (File 2) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

grant application, supporting material, 1998-9? (File 3) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Research notes on biography etc., 1990s (File 4) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Correspondence, Margot Kingston, 1997? (File 5) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Early and unpublished stories, 1970s-1990s (File 6) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Drafts for Voices and Australian Society, 1990s (File 7) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Early rejections, 1970-1980s (File 8) - Box 2 (MS Acc09.180)

Drafts reviews, 1990s (File 1) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts Lisa Fitch biography, 1990s (File 2) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts Lisa Fitch biography, 1990s (File 3) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts and research notes LF biography, 1990s (File 4) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts and research notes LF biography, 1990s (File 5) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts LF biography and Seven Writers comments, 1990s (File 6) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Early draft LF biography, 1990s (File 7) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.180)

Postal bag - personal correspondence, 1998 (File 1) - Box 4 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts LF biography, 1990s (File 1) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

Research notes LF biography, early drafts Sapphires, 1990s (File 2) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes, Haifa; early drafts LF biography, 1991 (File 3) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes, drafts - Russia (File 3a) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

Papers re farewell party, departure to Canada, 1998 (File 4) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

binder - drafts for 'Hollywood', 1990s (File 5) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF biography, 1990s (File 6) - Box 5 (MS Acc09.180)

binder, drafts of ms 'Hollywood', 1990s (File 1) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts 'Sass', 1990s (File 2) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts 'Sass', 1990s (File 3) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Correspondence re LF biography, 1990s (File 4) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts LF biography, 1990s (File 5) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Draft prologue LF biography and Seven Writers comments, 1990s (File 6) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes, drafts - Russia, 1990s (File 7) - Box 6 (MS Acc09.180)

Small notebook - notes, handwritten drafts 'Sapphires', 1990s (File 1) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF, grant applications, 1989? (File 2) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF biography; Penny Pollitt comments, 1994-5 (File 3) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF biography, 1995 (File 4) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts, LF biography, 1990s (File 5) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF biography, Seven Writers comments, 1990s (File 6) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF biography, 1990s (File 7) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Contracts, 1990s (File 8) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Drafts unpublished 'Border Crossing', 1990s (File 9) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early drafts LF biography, 1990s (File 10) - Box 7 (MS Acc09.180)

Five scripts - 'West Block', 1980s (File 1) - Box 8 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelopes - personal correspondence, 1990s (File 1) - Box 9 (MS Acc09.180)

Nancy Lane mentorship, 1990s (File ?) - Box 9 (MS Acc09.180)

Job applications, 1972-1974 (File 1) - Box 10 (MS Acc09.180)

Early draft stories, 1970s (File 2) - Box 10 (MS Acc09.180)

Public service interviews, 1970s (File 3) - Box 10 (MS Acc09.180)

Correspondence re traffic - Macpherson St, O'Connor, 1970s (File 4) - Box 10 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - early draft stories, rejections, 1978 (File 5) - Box 10 (MS Acc09.180)

Personal correspondence re housing, 1970s (File 6) - Box 10 (MS Acc09.180)

Draft story, rejection and Meanjin comments, 1980s (File 1) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Draft stories, 1980s (File 2) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - Rose Creswell, draft story, 1987 (File 3) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Drafts for anthologies, 1980s (File 4) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

binder, early stories, 1980s (File 5) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Draft, 'Van der Velde' or 'Border Crossing', 1960s-1990s (File 6) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope, draft 'Border Crossing', 1990s (File 7) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Early draft stories, 1980s (File 8) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Draft 'Fleeting', 1980s (File 9) - Box 11 (MS Acc09.180)

Notebook: handwritten drafts, 1990s (File 1) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Notebook: handwritten drafts, 1990s (File 2) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Notebook: dream journal, 1993 (File 3) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Small notebook: handwritten drafts - 'Hollywood' (File 4) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1995 (File 5) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1993 (File 6) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary: loose sheets, 1989 (File 7) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1990 (File 8) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1991 (File 9) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1992 (File 10) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1993 (File 11) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Diary, 1994 (File 12) - Box 12 (MS Acc09.180)

Personal correspondence: envelopes, 1958-1970 (File 1) - Box 13 (MS Acc09.180)

Notebook: handwritten drafts, 1990s (File 1) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Early drafts LF biography, 1990s (File 2) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Harold White Fellowship, 1990 (File 3) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - photos, 1997 (File 4) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Lecture notes - Griffith University - American Left fiction, 199? (File 5) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Envelope - reading notes 'Fugue on Forty', 199? (File 6) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Notes - Modern Jewish Literature Symposium, 1998 (File 7) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)

Australia Council Literary Board application, 1990 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 14 (MS Acc09.180)


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