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Papers of Dan Sprod, 1938-2009 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2946476
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Sprod, Dan, 1924-
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1938-2009] 
8.28 m. (39 boxes) + 4 fol. boxes + 1 folder. 

MS 8429 contains material on Blubber Head Press and Dan Sprod's career as a librarian at both the National Library of Australia and the Morris Miller Library at the University of Tasmania, and author and editor of numerous books. There are also papers relating to his professional and research interests, including Tasmanian Art Advisory Board, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme. The papers, arranged into 14 series, include correspondence, research material, notes, handwritten drafts, typescripts, financial papers, minutes of meetings and reports (32 boxes, 4 fol. boxes).

The Acc07.077 instalment comprises a letter from Ira Raymond, of the Australian Consulate, New York, to Dan Sprod dated 31 October, 1956 (1 folder).

The Acc10.033 instalment comprises papers reflecting Sprod's roles as publisher and writer. They include: correspondence relating to books published by Blubber Head Press and books written by Sprod, together with Sprod's research, grant applications and speaking engagements; draft proofs of various publications; and business records. Publication titles represented in the papers include: Major Mitchell's map 1834: the saga of the survey of the nineteen counties, by Alan E.J. Andrews (1992); A salute to watercolour, by Max Angus (1996); Sprod's The usurper: Jorgen Jorgenson and his turbulent life in Iceland and Van Diemen's Land 1780-1841 (2001); and his Leichhardt's expeditioners: in the Australian wilderness 1844-1845 (2006). In addition there are papers relating to the Ludwig Leichhardt Expedition Exposition in Queensland in 2004 (7 boxes).


Librarian, author, historian, publisher and bookseller. Thomas Daniel (Dan) Sprod was born in South Australia in 1924. He joined the National Library of Australia in 1951 and held a number of senior positions, including Liaison Officer, New York, 1957-1960. Upon leaving the National Library, he was appointed University Librarian, Morris Miller Library, University of Tasmania in 1966 and held this position until 1976. He was founder and manager of Blubber Head Press, 1978-1991, and owner of the bookshop Astrolabe Books in Hobart. In 1993, Sprod was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to literature as an author, publisher and distributor of works on Tasmanian history.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 8429, MS Acc07.077, MS Acc10.033.

Associated materials: Papers of Dan Sprod, circa 1947-1968 MS 2320.

Related Material Interview with Dan Sprod, librarian; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2510. 
Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme by Dan Sprod. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the Internet at: 
Subjects Sprod, Dan, 1924- -- Archives.  |  National Library of Australia -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Blubber Head Press -- Archives.  |  Librarians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Academic librarians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Publishers and publishing -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Booksellers and bookselling -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Tasmania -- History.  |  Australia -- Imprints.
Time Coverage 1938-2009 
Occupation Librarians.  |  Publishers.  |  Booksellers.  |  Historians.
Terms of Use Copying of Dan Sprod's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 


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