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Papers of Nora Heysen, 1913-2003 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3354814
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Heysen, Nora, 1911-2003
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part not available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1913-2003] 
6.30 m. (32 boxes) + 3 fol. boxes. 

MS 10041 comprises papers that relate to the life and work of Australian artist Nora Heysen. The papers include letters, photographs, catalogues, newspaper clippings, personal papers (including an extract of her birth certificate), art publications, and sound and video material. The bulk of the collection is a large series of personal correspondence retained by Nora (32 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).


Artist. Nora Heysen was born in 1911, the fourth daughter of (Sir) Hans and Sallie (née Bartels) Heysen of Hahndorf, South Australia. She studied art in Adelaide and London. In the year following her return to Australia in 1937, she became the first woman to win the Archibald Prize. In 1943, Heysen was appointed an official war artist, commissioned to depict the women's war effort. In 1993, she received the Australia Council's Award for Achievement in the Arts, and was created a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998 for service to art as a painter. Heysen died in Sydney in 2003.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 10041.

Selected item(s) available online

Related Material Collection of portraits of Nora Heysen; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/3692/1-16.  Nora Heysen interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/138. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Heysen, Nora, 1911-2003 -- Archives.  |  Heysen, Nora, 1911-2003 -- Correspondence.  |  Painters -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women painters -- Australia -- Archives.  |  War artists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Painting, Australian -- 20th century.  |  Portrait painting, Australian.  |  Portrait painting -- 20th century.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and war.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Australia -- Portraits.
Time Coverage 1913-2003 
Occupation Painters.  |  War artists.
Terms of Use Copying of Nora Heysen's copyright material is permitted for research purposes. 
Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012. 

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