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Papers of Kylie Tennant, 1891-1989 (bulk 1933-1988) [manuscript]
Bib ID 2583580
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Tennant, Kylie, 1912-1988
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1891-1989] 
7.68 m. (45 boxes) + 2 fol. boxes + 1 elephant folio + 1 folder. 
Summary

The papers in MS 10043 reflect the personal and professional life of Australian writer, Kylie Tennant. They include correspondence, personal documents, notes and notebooks, literary manuscripts, press cuttings, photographs and graphic material. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence and research material, notes and drafts relating to Tennant's literary works. The papers of Tennant's husband, L.C. Rodd, are present throughout the collection, largely in the form of correspondence. Australian literary figures amongst the correspondents are: Kay Brown, Nancy Cato, Clem Christesen, Robert Darby, Beatrice Davis, Geoffrey Dutton, Miles Franklin, Mary Gilmore, Dorothy Green, Max Harris, Elizabeth Harrower, Tom Inglis Moore, Elizabeth Jolley, Nancy Keesing, David Martin, Stephen Murray-Smith, Nettie Palmer, Nancy Phelan, Hal Porter, Colin Roderick, Peter Scriven, Thomas Shapcott, Douglas Stewart, Judah Waten, Patrick White and Patricia Wrightson. Other correspondents represented in the collection by significant amounts of papers include long-term friend and Maitland City Librarian, Mavis Cribb, the Reverend Alfred Clint, Doris Chadwick, Jack Ross and Tennant's children, Bim (John) and Benison Rodd (45 boxes, 2 fol. boxes, 1 elephant folio).

The Acc09.183 instalment comprises lists of books auctioned in lots from Tennant's estate, showing author, title, publisher, and date (1 folder).

Biography/History

Kylie Tennant was an Australian novelist, short-story writer and children's playwright who also published works on Australian history. Tennant was a member of the Commonwealth Literary Fund Advisory Board from 1961-1973 and a literary adviser for Macmillan Ltd., 1960-1969. She won a number of awards for her work, including the S.H. Prior Memorial Prize, the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal and a Children's Book Council Medal. Tennant was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in 1980 for service to literature.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 10043, MS Acc09.183.

Related Material Kylie Tennant interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/92.  Conversation with Kylie Tennant; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/341-342.  Interview with Kylie Tennant, Australian novelist and short-story writer; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 801. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E383.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Manuscript Reading Room and on the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms10043 
Subjects Tennant, Kylie, - 1912-1988 - Archives.  |  Authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Novelists, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Women novelists, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Australian literature - 20th century - Women authors.
Time Coverage 1891-1989 
Occupation Authors.  |  Novelists.
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