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Papers of the Tait family, 1908-1990 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2079768
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Tait family
Related Online
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1908-1990] 
3.55 m. (19 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 

MS 309 comprises business and general correspondence relating to theatrical ventures, 1905-1958; personal correspondence of James Nevin Tait, London, 1945-1950; letters to Rangatira Pty Ltd (Wellington, New Zealand), 1949-1954; weekly summary of attractions, 1918; J.C. Williamson performance contracts, 1910-1954; personal financial records of Sir Frank Tait, 1954-1967; correspondence of Sir Frank and Lady Viola Tait, 1960-1990; typescript draft of "A family of brothers" by Lady Tait, ca. 1970; and, miscellaneous clippings and objects relating to theatre productions (19 boxes).

The Acc10.006 instalment includes theatre programmes and related ephemera, news clippings, theatrical journals and research notes. Topics represented include actors, directors, instrumentalists, dancers, singers, circuses, colonial opera, theatres and theatre companies, including J.C. Williamson, Melbourne Repertory Club, Dame Clara Butt, John Farrell, Dorothy Hammerstein, Robert Helpmann, Yehudi Menuhin, Gladys Moncrieff, Maurice Moscovitch, Nat Madison, Anna Pavlova, John Charles Thomas, Lawrence Tibbett (1 fol. box).


Charles, John, James Nevin, Edward J. (Ted) and Frank Tait in partnership were theatrical entrepreneurs and directors of J.C. Williamson Theatres Limited. Viola Wilson (formerly Viola Hogg), soprano, married widower Frank Tait (later Sir Frank) in 1941 when he was managing director of J.C. Williamson.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 309, MS Acc10.006.

Associated materials: Papers of Charles Tait, 1885-1965 MS 2434.

Associated materials: Records of J.C. Williamson, 1874-1976 MS 5783.

Some originals in private ownership.

Related Material Lady Viola Tait collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/8745/1-587.  Viola Tait interviewed by Michelle Potter; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 3166. 
Reproduction In part, photocopies. [S.l.] 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: 
Subjects Tait family -- Archives.  |  Tait, Frank, Sir, 1883-1965 -- Archives.  |  Tait, James Nevin, 1876-1961 -- Correspondence.  |  Tait, Viola, 1911-2002 -- Correspondence.  |  Williamson, J. C. (James Cassius), 1845-1913.  |  J.C. Williamson (Firm)  |  Rangatira (Firm)  |  Theatrical managers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Businesspeople -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Performing arts -- Australia.  |  Theater -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1908-1990 
Occupation Theatrical managers.  |  Theatre producers and directors.  |  Business professionals.  |  Sopranos (Singers).
Other authors/contributors Tait, Frank, Sir, 1883-1965  |  Tait, James Nevin, 1876-1961  |  Tait, Viola, 1911-2002  |  J.C. Williamson (Firm)


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