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Papers of Morris West, circa 1950-2001 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2285477
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
West, Morris, 1916-1999
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1950-2001] 
5.50 m. (26 boxes) + 3 fol. boxes. 
Summary

The bulk of the papers in MS 7171 comprises papers relating to Morris West's career as an author. There are drafts of many of his novels, scripts for plays and film adaptations, drafts of articles and typescripts of speeches. There is a large collection of newspaper cuttings of articles written by or about West, together with reviews of many of his publications. There are also a number of portrait photographs of West, transcripts of interviews he gave and papers relating to the Orr case (26 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).

Biography/History

Novelist and journalist. Morris West published over thirty books during the course of his career, many on the subjects of religion and political intrigue. Several of his books were made into films. West also wrote plays and was a prolific contributor of articles to journals and newspapers, in which he commented on a wide range of current affairs. In 1983, West established the Morris West Trust at the National Library of Australia, to be used for the publishing and disseminating of material of national value in the collection. He was Chairman of the National Library of Australia Council from 1985 to 1988.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7171.

Related Material Morris West interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/77.  Morris West interviewed by Catherine Santamaria; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1543.  Morris West interviewed by Diana Ritch; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2950. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E774.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (15 p.) available in the Manuscript Reading Room. 
Subjects West, Morris, - 1916-1999 - Archives.  |  Journalists - Australia - Archives.  |  Authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Novelists, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Dramatists, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Australian literature - 20th century.  |  Australian literature - Catholic authors.
Time Coverage 1950-2001 
Occupation Journalists.  |  Authors.  |  Novelists.  |  Dramatists.
Terms of Use Copying of Morris West's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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