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Papers of Mem Fox, 1961-2006 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2761
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Fox, Mem, 1946-
Related Online
Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research; part not available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1961-2006] 
9.15 m. (51 boxes) + 3 folio boxes + 13 digital carriers. 

MS 9190 comprises correspondence with Australian and overseas writers and illustrators, children, literary agents and publishers; papers relating to the Wombat Book Club; drafts of 17 books, including Possum magic and other writings; scrapbooks, photographs and cuttings; and, papers relating to Mem Fox's academic career. The major correspondents are Terry Denton, Lorraine Ellis, Morris Gleitzman, Andrea Goldsmith, Vivienne Goodman, Kilmeny Niland, Pamela Lofts, Patricia Mullins, Craig Smith, Barbara Wels, Paul Jennings, Julie Vivas, Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (parents), Jan Delacourt (sister), Caroline Lurie of Australian Literary Management, Omnibus (publisher) and Harcourt Publisher. Copies of many of Fox's letters are included.

The Acc07.011 instalment contains drafts and correspondence relating to various projects, including: The green sheep (2004), 2002-2006, Hunswick's egg (2005), 1996-2006, A particular cow (2006), 1995-2006, The magic hat, 1995-2002, The hungary giant/Horatio the hungry, 2003-2005, and, the new edition of Possum magic (2004). There is also an expanding file of letters to and from Fox, 2001-2006, a letter from Tim Winton (1995), press clippings, an artwork by Nicholas Wilton, an expired passport, handwritten financial records, 1995-1998, papers relating to Fox's Flinders University Convocation medal, publications, including audio books, and promotional material such as photographs, articles, stickers and a toy.

The Acc14.117 instalment comprises personal journals, correspondence to and from Mem Fox's parents and letters of appreciation from children, notes and speeches on teaching writing, drama and poetry, unpublished poetry and prose, manuscripts including for unpublished books, publicity material, family history, Mem Fox publications in foreign languages and personal and career photographs. Most items in the collection have accompanying handwritten notes from Mem Fox with contextual information.


Children's author and academic. Merrion Frances (Mem) Fox has published numerous children's books, including Possum magic (1983), an autobiography and three textbooks. She has taught at the South Australian Institute of Technology, Sturt College of Advanced Education and is an associate professor at Flinders University. Fox has won numerous awards and was created a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993. In 2001 Fox received a Centenary Medal.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 9190, MS Acc07.011, MS Acc14.117.

Related Material Mem Fox interviewed by Rob Linn; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5575. 
Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mem Fox. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: 
Subjects Fox, Mem, 1946- -- Archives.  |  Children's authors, Australian -- Archives.  |  Educators -- Australia -- Archives.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women college teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Children's stories, Australian.  |  Children -- Books and reading -- Australia.  |  Australian literature -- Women authors.  |  Australia -- Juvenile literature.
Time Coverage 1961-2006 
Occupation Children's authors.  |  Educationalists.  |  Academics.
Terms of Use Copying of Mem Fox's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 
Exhibited Selected items exhibited: “Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature”, National Library of Australia, 22 August 2019 – 16 February 2020.  Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012. 


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