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Papers of Vance and Nettie Palmer, 1889-1964 [manuscript]
Bib ID 337743
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Palmer, Vance, 1885-1959
Related Online
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1889-1964] 
11.93 m. (38 boxes) + 64 security binders + 2 fol. boxes + 1 packet. 

MS 1174 chiefly comprises correspondence between Vance and Nettie Palmer. There is also correspondence from contemporary literary figures such as Katharine Susannah Prichard, Marjorie Barnard, Frank Dalby Davison, Kate Baker, Guido Baracchi, Louis Esson, C. Hartley Grattan, Kathleen McArthur, Hugh McCrae, Leonard Mann, Bernard O'Dowd and Henry Handel Richardson. In addition, drafts, press cuttings, original manuscripts of other writers, photographs, material from various literary bodies such as the Australian Society of Authors and the Fellowship of Australian Authors (38 boxes, 64 security binders, 2 fol. boxes).

The Acc10.018 instalment consists of a postcard from "R" addressed to Nettie Palmer, c/o Westminster Bank, London. Date unclear (1 packet).


Edward Vivian (Vance) Palmer was the foremost man of letters of his day in Australia, being a novelist, dramatist, short story writer, poet, critic, biographer, editor and political and social commentator. Janet Gertrude (Nettie) Palmer (née Higgins), wife of Vance, was well-known as a poet, biographer, literary critic, commentator, historian, diarist, letter writer, editor and translator. Vance published in magazines under the pseudonym Rann Daly. Nettie was the daughter of John and Kitty Higgins and a niece of the politician and judge, Henry Bournes Higgins.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 1174, MS Acc10.018.

Associated materials: Papers of Vance and Nettie Palmer, 1850-1966 MS 3942.

Also available on microfilm at the National Library of Australia Main Reading Room – Newspapers and Family History at mfm G 24446-24526.

Letters of Vance and Nettie Palmer, 1915-1963 / selected and edited by Vivian Smith. Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1977.

Vance and Nettie Palmer / Vivian B. Smith. Boston, Mass. : Twayne Publishers, 1975.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, A628.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Palmer, Vance, 1885-1959 -- Archives.  |  Palmer, Nettie, 1885-1964 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- In literature.
Time Coverage 1889-1964 
Occupation Literary critics.  |  Authors.
Other authors/contributors Palmer, Nettie, 1885-1964
Terms of Use Copying of Vance and Nettie Palmer's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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