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Papers of Alan Seymour, 1938-2002 [manuscript]
Bib ID 457326
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Seymour, Alan, 1927-2015
 
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Description [1938-2002] 
6.95 m. (31 boxes) + 4 cartons + 1 fol. packet. 
Summary

MS 9198 includes over 600 pieces of correspondence pertaining to personal and business matters; notebooks; research notes; drafts of published and unpublished screenplays, novels, and plays including The one day of the year; reviews; newspaper clippings; photographs; printed material; papers relating to Alan Seymour's travels and domestic life. Major correspondents include Seymour's sisters, nieces, nephews, Ron Baddeley, Sumner Locke Elliot, Margaret Fink, Gillian Armstrong, Michael Thornbill, Katharine Brisbane, Brandon Lunney, Shiela Geddes and Laurence Collinson (12 boxes, 1 fol. packet).

The Acc99.067 instalment comprises scripts, screenplays, correspondence, cuttings, diaries, publications, photographs, 22 videocassettes and 9 computer disks (14 boxes, 4 cartons).

The Acc99.173 instalment comprises typescript plays, radio scripts, correspondence, cuttings, photographs contained in a springback binder and two folders, dated ca. 1949-1959 (1 box).

The Acc01.037 instalment comprises further papers documenting Seymour's projects (1 box).

The Acc01.137 instalment comprises personal correspondence, 1976-1996, professional correspondence, 1995-1996, cards and annotated theatre tickets (1 box).

The Acc03.133 instalment comprises letters, emails, cards and notes (1 box).

The Acc04.203 instalment comprises British letters and faxes, mostly relating to writing contracts, 1996-July 2002; business letters, 1993-2002; business letters to Seymour, 2002-2003; personal letters, 1996-July 2002; and, further business and personal letters (loose), 1995-2000 (1 box).

Biography/History

Playwright, scriptwriter and author. Alan Seymour was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1927. Seymour's career has included work as a freelance writer, radio announcer, reviewer, film critic, television script editor and producer. He is best known in Australia for his play, The one day of the year (1960), a critique of the annual Australian observance of Anzac Day to commemmorate the controversial Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. From 1961-1995 he resided and worked in England and Turkey where he established a reputation for his film and television screenplays, playwriting, novels, articles and reviews. He returned to live in Australia in 1995. The awards Seymour has won include the BAFTA Award in 1984, for Box of delights. In 2002 Seymour was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Western Australia, and, in 2007, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the arts.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 9198, MS Acc99.067, MS Acc99.173, MS Acc01.037, MS Acc01.137, MS Acc03.133, MS Acc04.203.

Related Material Portrait of Alan Seymour; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC R10050 LOC 7941-7950.  Alan Seymour interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/87.  Interview with Alan Seymour, playwright; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 4939.  Literary manuscripts; Located at; State Library of New South Wales ML MSS. 2952. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Seymour, Alan, 1927-2015 -- Archives.  |  Seymour, Alan, 1927-2015 -- Correspondence.  |  Dramatists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Screenwriters -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Television writers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australian drama -- 20th century.  |  Theater -- Australia.  |  Theater -- Australia -- Reviews.
Time Coverage 1938-2002 
Occupation Dramatists.  |  Scriptwriters.  |  Theatre critics.  |  Novelists.
Terms of Use Copying of Alan Seymour's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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