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Papers of Patricia Clarke, 1887-2015 [manuscript]
Bib ID 56010
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Clarke, Patricia, 1926-
 
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Description [1887-2015] 
11.7 m. (76 boxes) + 1 carton. 
Summary

MS 8363 comprises correspondence, drafts and research material relating to Clarke's books The governesses: letters from the colonies 1862-1882; A colonial woman: the life and times of Mary Braidwood Mowle, 1827-1857; Pen portraits: women writers and journalists in nineteenth century Australia; Pioneer writer: the life of Louisa Atkinson, novelist, journalist, naturalist; Tasma: the life of Jessie Couvreur; Life lines: Australian women's letters and diaries, 1788-1840 (with Dale Spender), and Rosa! Rosa!: a life of Rosa Praed, novelist and spiritualist (43 boxes, 1 carton).

The Acc06.025 instalment comprises papers relating to Clarke's role as editor of Judith Wright's autobiography, Half a lifetime, published in 1999, including material from Judith Wright, correspondence, notes, drafts, reviews and obituaries, ca. 1997-2000; research material on proposed writing on wartime censorship, ca. 1983; research material, ca. 1984-1988, for the chapter on Government House in Gables, ghosts and governors-general: the historic house at Yarralumla, Canberra (1988); and, papers, articles and talks, ca. 1989-2005 (9 boxes).

The Acc11.100 instalment comprises papers reflecting Clarke's activities as a writer, editor, public speaker and member of academic and historical societies. They include material from Judith Wright, correspondence, notes, drafts and reviews relating to Clarke's role as co-editor, with Meredith McKinney, of The equal heart and mind: letters between Judith Wright and Jack McKinney (2004) and With love and fury: selected letters of Judith Wright (2006); papers relating to Steps to Federation (2001), which Clarke edited; Australian dictionary of biography research material, correspondence and drafts; and other papers relating to Clarke's PhD. thesis, articles and talks. In addition there is correspondence, minutes and other records documenting Clarke's roles in the Independent Scholars Association of Australia, the Canberra and District Historical Society and other organisations, between ca. 1950-2010, and papers relating to her Medal of the Order of Australia (10 boxes).

The Acc16.034 instalment includes Clarke's research into the histories of the Giblin, Burton, MacRae and Garnett families as well as their related activities including involvement with the suffragettes, the Wycombe Abbey Peckham Settlement and UWC; related papers to the Dunera internees and Hay internment camp; copies of Eilean Giblins diaries and research into her life and activities; research and papers on the Canberra Women in World War I; historical notes on Canberra; correspondence with the Australian National Review; research and writings on Canberra in WWII; research and papers on the White Australia Policy and Australian Government propaganda in the 1950s; research and papers on Australian women in the media and Companion to the Australian Media; and research relating to Tasma : the life of Jessie Couvreur (14 boxes).

Biography/History

Author and editor. Mary Patricia Clarke was born in Melbourne in 1926. Clarke worked as a journalist in Melbourne and Canberra before she became an editor of publications with the National Capital Development Commission in Canberra. As a freelance historian, she has undertaken extensive research on nineteenth-century Australian women, many of whom were writers, that has resulted in several biographical publications. Clarke has been a member of the Commonwealth Working Party for the Australian dictionary of biography and also a committee member of the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies.

In 1993 she was awarded a Harold White Fellowship to conduct research at the National Library of Australia for a biography of the Australian author Rosa Praed. She received a Literature Board grant in 1995 to complete the biography. Clarke was the founding honorary secretary of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia, 1995-2001, and has been an active member of the Canberra and District Historical Society. In 2001 Clarke was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for the promotion of Australian history through research and writing.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8363, MS Acc06.025, MS Acc11.100, MS Acc16.034.

Associated materials: Papers of Hugh Clarke, circa 1940-circa 1989 MS 9747.

Related Material Patricia Clarke interviewed by Ann Moyal; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5378. 
Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Patricia Clarke. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online.  Donor's box lists for Acc06.025 and Acc11.100 available. 
Subjects Clarke, Patricia, 1926- -- Archives.  |  Cosh, Janet L., 1901-1989 -- Correspondence.  |  Douglas, Elizabeth -- Correspondence.  |  Hudspeth, G. -- Correspondence.  |  Mowle, L. M. (Langdon Marjoribanks), 1907-1989 -- Correspondence.  |  Tanguy, Julia -- Correspondence.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Biographers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.  |  Women -- Australia -- Biography.
Time Coverage 1887-2015 
Occupation Journalists.  |  Editors.  |  Historians.  |  Biographers.
Terms of Use Copying of Patricia Clarke's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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