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Papers of Drusilla Modjeska, 1959-2006 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1388901
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Modjeska, Drusilla
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research; part not available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1959-2006] 
7.20 m. (46 boxes) + 1 carton. 
Summary

MS 8320 comprises correspondence, 1959-1987, including letters sent by Modjeska Drusilla's family (parents and sisters) and friends. Major correspondents are Charles Modjeska (her former husband), Klim Gollan, Tony Moniaty, David F. Pocock, Lyndall Hannaford, Deb Jordan, Marsha Rowe and Marlous Terweil. Drusilla's diaries and personal documents for 1948-1987 in the collection include school and marriage certificates, copies of job applications, diaries and notebooks. Also included are book reviews and talks, 1975-1991, from when Modjeska worked as a book reviewer for The Sydney morning herald, McPhee/Penguin and others, with typescripts and newspaper cuttings of some of the reviews. The series relating to her writings comprise drafts, typescripts, research notes and some correspondence relating to the following books: Women writers (1979), Exiles at home (1981), The poems of Lesbia Harford (1985), Inner cities (1989), Poppy (1990) and The orchard (1994) (23 boxes).

The Acc00.054 instalment comprises further papers, 1987-1992 (7 boxes, 1 carton).

The Acc07.045 instalment comprises diaries dating from 1992, material relating to Stravinsky's lunch, and other material (16 boxes).

Biography/History

Writer, feminist, academic. Drusilla Modjeska was born in England in 1946 and has lived in Australia since 1971. She taught in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the NSW Institute of Technology. Her publications include Women writers: a study in Australian cultural history, 1920-1939 (1979), Exiles at home: Australian women writers 1925-1945 (1981), The poems of Lesbia Harford (1985), Inner cities: Australian women's memory of place (1989), Poppy (1990), The orchard (1994), Stravinsky's lunch (1999) and Timepieces (2002). Women writers was based on Modjeska's Ph.D. thesis.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8320, MS Acc00.054, MS Acc07.045.

Associated materials: Women writers: a study in Australian cultural history, 1920-1939 MS 6078.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E953.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Modjeska, Drusilla -- Archives.  |  Jordan, Deborah -- Correspondence.  |  Pocock, D. F. (David Francis), 1928- -- Correspondence.  |  Rowe, Marsha -- Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Feminists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.
Time Coverage 1959-2006 
Occupation Authors.  |  Feminists.  |  Oral history interviewers.  |  Academics.

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