MS 8680 comprises correspondence, principally with Jack Lindsay, 1979-1988, handwritten drafts, notes and typescripts of talks, lectures, addresses, book reviews and articles. There are a large number of drafts of articles, later published in journals and newspapers such as Meanjin, Art and Australia and the Age (8 boxes).
The Acc10.064 instalment consists of Bernard Smith's appointment diaries, daybooks and journals; notebooks for research, overseas travel, exhibitions and journalism; school work books; album of news clippings; various awards, badges and medals including Centenary of Federation medal, Ph.D. (ANU), Doctor of Letters - Honoris Causa (University of Melbourne), Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and honorary Doctorate of Letters (University of Sydney). There are also 20 diaries of Smith's first wife, Kate Smith (Kate Challis) (7 boxes).
The Acc10.088 instalment comprises general and current files titled by subject or correspondent, which include personal and professional correspondence, research notes, conference materials, bibliographies, news clippings, drafts, papers submitted to journals, annual reports, photographs, invitations, book launch ephemera, personal and family papers; art catalogues including Power Institute Gallery catalogues; published articles, lectures and offprints including Sydney University and Power Institute; video and audio cassettes, CD-ROMs and slides; microform of Alderney Papers held in Royal College of Surgeons; diary of 1980 China trip; reviews; exhibition posters; research notebooks; sketch books, loose pencil drawings and watercolours by Smith, including juvenilia; posters advertising art exhibitions and lectures; map of Norfolk Island; and, a small number of papers of Kate Smith (74 boxes, 2 elephant fol. boxes).
The Acc13.037 instalment comprises papers documenting Bernard Smith's professional life as an art historian, writer and lecturer, including notebooks and diaries, correspondence, subject and artists' files, draft manuscripts, steel engravings, photographs, maps and ephemera.The photographs largely comprise images of artworks used in Smith's publications about art relating to the voyages of Captain James Cook, but also of artists and their artworks. The notebooks are autobiographical, used by Smith in the preparation of The boy Adeodatus: the portrait of a lucky young bastard. In addition there is a file pertaining to Smith's role as President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1973-1982) (13 boxes, 1 fol. item).
Art historian, lecturer and critic. Bernard Smith was born in 1916 and grew up in the Sydney suburb of Burwood. He studied at the Sydney Teachers' College from 1934-1935, the University of Sydney, 1945-1948, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Warburg Institute in London from 1948-1949. He completed his Ph.D. at the Australian National University in 1953-1954. Smith's professional career as a teacher led to his appointment as education officer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1945-1952. He lectured in the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Melbourne from 1955, and was appointed reader, 1964-1966. During this period he was also art critic for the Melbourne Age.
Smith was appointed Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute of Fine Arts, Sydney University, in 1967-1977. He was also a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and president, 1977-1980. Smith's first major publication was Place, taste and tradition (1945). His publications dating from his time at the University of Sydney include, The architectural character of Glebe, Sydney (1973), Documents on art and taste in Australia: the colonial period, 1770-1914 (ed., 1975), Concerning contemporary art: the Power lectures, 1968-73 (1975) and The Antipodean manifesto: essays in art and history (1976). Other publications include European vision and the South Pacific, 1768-1850 (1960), Australian painting 1788-1960 (1962), The art of Captain Cook's voyages (1985-1987), Imagining the Pacific (1992) and Noel Counihan: artist and revolutionary (1993). The autobiography of his early years, 1916-1940, was published in 1984 as The boy Adeodatus: the portrait of a lucky young bastard.