National Library of Australia

From Monday 29 November, the Reading Rooms will reopen at reduced hours. You can now start planning your visit and request items from the Catalogue. Find out more...

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Papers of the Tait family, 1908-1990 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2079768
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Tait family
 
Related Online
Resources
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1908-1990] 
3.55 m. (19 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 
Summary

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).

Biography/History

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.

Notes

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: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms309 
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)

Online

    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    MS 309 Special Collections Reading Room
    Access details ... more
    MS Acc10.006 Special Collections Reading Room - Prior notice required
    Unprocessed instalment
    Access details ... more

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.