Guide to the Papers of Roberta "Bobbi" Sykes
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
Created: December 2018
- Sykes, Roberta "Bobbi"
- Papers of Roberta "Bobbi" Sykes
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 10389
- 1.5 metres (5 archives boxes + 1 large folio box)
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
Scope and Contents
Papers of Roberta 'Bobbi' Sykes - poet, author and Indigenous rights activist. This collection contains speeches, correspondence, papers and articles, as well as many photographs and audio cassettes.
Conditions Governing Access
Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn7508675).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Roberta "Bobbi" Sykes, National Library of Australia, MS 10389, [class/series/file/item number]'.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the collection contains images and voices of people who have died.
Finding Aid Source(s)
Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.
Neena's Gift, short story by RS; Eclipse - background notes to poems published in 1979; Black Women's Action Newsletter, 1987; job application - Mental Health Review Tribunal, 1995; review of article in Social Security Quarterly, 1976; review of article 'On the Nature and Spirit of the North American Political Systems', Russel Barsh, 1984; Mumshirl Foundation, Balance sheet and accounts, 1989; correspondence and essays - thesis, 1981, 1976-1995 (File 11) - Box 2
Unique role of Aboriginals in Welfare discussion paper by Roberta Sykes, 41 pgs; an evaluation of some aspects of Aboriginal Secondary Assistance Scheme by Dr Roberta Sykes, pp45; SBS, Guideline for the production of film and television on Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1975,1986,1990 (File 12) - Box 2
Copy of Roberta Sykes thesis: Incentive, achievement and community : an analysis of black viewpoints on issues relating to Black Australian education, 1983 (File 17) - Box 3
Incentive, achievement and community, Analysis of Black Viewpoints on issues relating to Black Australian Education, RS, presented to Harvard University, 1983
Poster for Roberta Sykes' speech, proofs, flyer for Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, pictures of Indigenous dancers; Peter McKenzie sketch; wedding photos; posters; Nilanidat publication (two issues); additional copy of Roberta Sykes' thesis (Incentive, achievement and community : an analysis of black viewpoints on issues relating to Black Australian education), 1972-1982 (File [unnumbered]) - Folio-Box 6
Harvard Graduate School of Education-contains profile of Bobbi Sykes; Wee Waa High School Principals Report, 1988, occasional address delivered by RS 1988; review by RS in New Left Review; Institute of Public Affairs, article by RS,1988;Transfer of Uluru to the Traditional Owners 1985, 1980-1990 (File 13) - Box 2
Famous Black Quotations; Three Negro Classics; The Great Migration; God is Black; Pan-Africanism and South America; Stone on Stone Poetry; Love Poems and other Revolutionary Actions; Breaking Ice; The Colour of Anger; Brazil Mixture or Massacre; Castro, the Blacks and Africa; Jamaican Song and Story; Shakespeare's Tragedies; The Harem Within; The Africans; Breaking Ice
Tape is mildewed. Conservation required; film smells strongly of vinegar
Coloured slides, portraits of Roberta Sykes; contact proofs; Aboriginal tent embassy Canberra 1972; Roberta Sykes - graduation; telegrams (File 15) - Box 3
Photos largely unordered and most are not annotated; Aboriginal family, Tony Mundine boxer, Nimrod actors, Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs meeting, 1971, Aboriginal Community Aid centre, 1971, scenes of protest marches - Free Brockman, Gurindjis Land, Aboriginal people - Darwin, Woodenbong Aboriginal village, 1972; Corroboree Kids dancing, 1972; Athol Compton, 1969; Charles Perkins