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Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark, 1920-1999 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2851560
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Clark, Mavis Thorpe
 
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Description [1920-1999] 
13.75 m. (35 boxes) + 23 cartons + 2 fol. boxes. 
Summary

MS 7847 comprises manuscripts, typescripts, notes, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to Clark's work as a writer. The correspondence is mostly with publishers and editors, including, Cole Turnley, E.W. Cole, W. Heinemann, George Robinson, Edward Vidler, Derek Smith, Sir Donald Bradman, Zola Kay, Chris Tangey, Catherine Hennessy, and Jackie McDonald.

The MS Acc99.226 instalment includes notes and notebooks, talks given by Clark, newspaper cuttings, press releases and correspondence relating to several of her works, including, No mean destiny, They came south, Nowhere to hide, Blue above the trees and her autobiography, Trust the dream. In addition, manuscripts of various unpublished works, a scrapbook on Pastor Doug, and papers relating to conferences Clark attended.

The MS Acc05.016 instalment comprises correspondence, drafts, screenplays, royalty statements, agreements, files on Public Lending Right and Copyright Agency Limited, diaries and photographs.

Biography/History

Author and children's writer. Mavis Thorpe Clark was born on 26 June, 1909 in Melbourne, and died there on 8 July, 1999. Clark was a prolific author of educational and children's books. Clark's first published work was a serial in the Australasian when she was 14. Her other publications include, Hatherly's first fifteen (1930), The twins from Timber Creek (1949), The brown land was green (1956), Gully of gold (1958), They came south (1963), Opal mining (1969), Iron mountain (1970), and, No mean destiny: the story of the War Widows' Guild of Australia 1945-85 (1986). In 1966 Clark won the Book of the Year Award of the Children's Book Council of Australia for The min min (1967). In later life, Clark also wrote for adults, and in 1965 she published her biography of Sir Douglas Nicholls under the title, Pastor Doug: the story of an Aboriginal leader. In 1996 Clark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian literature.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7847, MS Acc99.226, MS Acc05.016.

Related Material Conversation with Mavis Thorpe Clark; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL DeB 267,268.  Conversation with Mavis Thorpe Clark; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/977.  Manuscript and research files; Located at; State Library of Victoria. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online. 
Subjects Clark, Mavis Thorpe -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Children's literature, Australian.  |  Australian literature -- Women authors.
Time Coverage 1920-1999 
Occupation Children's authors.  |  Authors.
Terms of Use Copying of Mavis Thorpe Clark's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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