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Papers of Dymphna Cusack, 1937-1983 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1853783
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Author
Cusack, Dymphna, 1902-1981
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1937-1983] 
8.58 m. (49 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 
Summary

MS 4621 comprises correspondence, drafts of novels, plays, poems, broadcasts, travel books, an autobiography and short stories, press cuttings, diaries, photographs, invitations, programmes, notes, posters, personal documents such as certificates and passports, drafts of "Triple concerto", foreign periodicals and booklets, and many other printed items. The collection also includes three typescript drafts of "Nurse no longer grief", draft of "My experience as a high school teacher", manuscripts and galley proofs of "Dymphna" by Freehill and drafts of "The tide is running out". Also, photographs of Guyra, New South Wales and USSR (49 boxes, 1 fol. box).

Biography/History

Schoolteacher, writer and anti-nuclear campaigner. Ellen Dymphna (Nell) Cusack was born at Wyalong, New South Wales in 1902. She was educated at St Ursula's College, Armidale and graduated from the University of Sydney with an honours degree in history and philosophy. She worked as a teacher until she retired in 1944 for health reasons. Cusack became president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers in 1968-1969. In 1981 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to Australian literature. Cusack died at Manly, Sydney in 1981. Further biographical information at http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/478194

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 4621.

Associated materials: Pacific paradise, 1955 MS 1843.

Associated materials: Cuttings book of Dymphna Cusack, approximately 1951-1983 MS Acc13.016.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-252855614

Related Material Dictated drafts of Dymphna Cusack's works held in; National Library of Australia Oral History collection.  Dymphna Cusack interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/48. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, C253.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (45 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Cusack, Dymphna, 1902-1981 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.  |  Australian fiction -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1937-1983 
Occupation Teachers.  |  Authors.  |  Protesters.

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