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Raymond Firth interviewed by Margaret Murphy [sound recording]
Bib ID 613496
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1974 June 7 
1 sound cassette (ca. 115 min.) ; 1 7/8 ips. 
Summary

Sir Raymond Firth, anthropologist and adviser on the establishment of the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, speaks of the establishment of the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University; offer of appointment to Directorship; incorporation of Canberra University College; aim for ANU to function as a research institute; Sir Douglas Copland, first Vice-Chancellor; RSPS overlap with Research School of Social Sciences; role of the Director; RSPS' size; relationship with other Pacific research centres; proposed career training for diplomats; Sir Frederick Eggleston's views on the Directorship; RSPS' structure; academic appointments; Sir Keith Hancock's resignation from Academic Advisory Committee; his own experiences as a member of the Committee; difficulties in attracting staff to Canberra; early progress of School's activities; period as Resident Director, 1950-51; University facilities, 1948; recollections of Canberra; declining offer of Directorship.

Notes

Lady Firth is also present at the interview.

Cassette copy not made.

Recorded at Highgate, London on 7 June 1974.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-215006398

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.)Transcript (typescript, 36 leaves). 
Subjects Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002 -- Interviews.  |  Australian National University. Research School of Pacific Studies -- History.  |  Advisory boards -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra.  |  Research institutes -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- History.  |  Pacific Area -- Research.
Other authors/contributors Murphy, Margaret, Interviewer

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