MS 9635 comprises papers relating to Chipman's career with the Australian Antarctic Division and the research for her books Australians in the frozen south, and Women on the ice. They include photographs, transparencies, diaries, edited typescripts of her two novels, correspondence, reviews, questionnaires, newspaper cuttings and card index (16 boxes, 2 fol. boxes).
The Acc11.071 instalment comprises research notes pertaining to the life of Sir George Hubert Wilkins compiled by Chipman for a biography that was not completed. It includes photocopies and notes of press items, journal articles, diary entries and letters covering Wilkins' life and career; timelines, indices of people and places related to Wilkins and chapter drafts by Chipman; Chipman's correspondence with institutions and individuals regarding her research. There is a signed copy of Under the North Pole by Hubert Wilkins, and original materials including a poster advertising a Wilkins lecture (6 boxes, 14 cartons, 1 map folio).
Elizabeth Chipman worked for the Antarctic Division of the Department of Science in Melbourne between 1954 and 1977, where she had a varied career as a typist, information officer and scientific administrator. She visited Macquarie Island with the Australian Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) during summers of 1966-1967, 1971-1972, and 1975-1976. She was the first woman member of the ANARE Club and one of the first Australian women to set foot on the Antarctic mainland. Chipman is the author of two books: Australians in the frozen south (1978) and Women on the ice (1986).