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Papers of Hilary McPhee, 1950-2012
Bib ID 6451001
Format ManuscriptManuscript [text, volume]
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McPhee, Hilary, 1941-
 
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Description [between 1950 and 2012] 
11.19 m (49 boxes) + 8 archives boxes + 14 cartons. 
Summary

MS Acc13.001 comprises papers relating to the Melbourne-based office of the Chair of the Australia Council, 1993-1997. Includes extensive correspondence, briefings, speeches, travel to India and China (1996), appointment diaries, meeting notes, annual reports, statistics, media monitoring reports, transcripts and press cuttings (8 archives boxes, 9 cartons).

MS Acc13.006 comprises papers relating to the Australia Council for the Arts. Includes agenda and meeting papers (121st-144th meetings), audio and video cassettes of media appearances and coverage, and press cuttings relating to plans to restructure the Australia Council (10 boxes).

MS Acc13.032 comprises papers relating to McPhee Gribble as an imprint of Penguin Books Australia. Includes author files, correspondence, meeting notes, business plan, financial statements, papers relating to the Australian Book Publishers Association, and catalogues. Papers relating to McPhee’s work with Pan Macmillan for Picador and Macmillan Imprints. Includes correspondence with various authors, internal office communications, book costings, publishing programme, Catalogue 1994, invitations to book launches, publicity material, authors’ promotion itineraries, minutes of publishing meetings, sales reports, financial papers and McPhee’s notes from her visit to Frankfurt Book Fair, New York and London, including. meetings with agents, publishers and authors. Notes of speeches given by McPhee, cuttings of columns she wrote for The Age and other publications, and files relating to her book Other people’s words, published in 2001. Papers relating to several projects with which McPhee was involved (11 boxes).

MS Acc13.059 comprises correspondence with friends and authors; manuscripts by authors and friends, including editorial comments by McPhee; and papers relating to Australia’s Best Books Online Project (7 boxes).

MS Acc13.076 comprises papers relating to McPhee’s editorial work for several authors including Drusilla Modjeska and Helen Garner; commissioned and packaged series of publications for Rigby Limited (1978); several early projects with which McPhee was involved; publication of her book, Other people’s words; McPhee’s work with Pan Macmillan for Picador and Macmillan Imprints; and the sale of McPhee Gribble to Penguin. There are also papers relating to various positions McPhee has held including her appointment to the Universities Council of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission (CTEC) (1983-1987); her position as inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne (1997-2005); as a founding Board Member (2004-2006) of the on-line political newsletter, ‘New Matilda.com’; and as writer and editor with Patricia Edgar of ‘Media She’ (1973-1974). Also include are papers relating to the Women’s Electoral Lobby (1974-1975); and a court case (1970) arising out of Penguin’s attempt to distribute the book Portnoy’s complaint, after it had been declared a "prohibited import" in Australia (11 boxes, 5 cartons).

MS Acc13.089 comprises papers relating to the publication of Memoirs of a young bastard - the diaries of Tim Burstall, including correspondence, research material and press cuttings. Correspondence from authors, artists, critics, family and friends (1990-2006) and also relating to McPhee’s term as Chair of the Australia Council. McPhee’s papers on cultural policy and national identity (1990s-2012) (7 boxes).

MS Acc13.134 comprises photographs, mainly of various offices occupied by McPhee Gribble and related office events. There are also author photographs and photographs relating to Practical Puffins testing and illustrating (1975-1979)(3 boxes).

Biography/History

Writer and editor. Founding director of McPhee Gribble Publishers and Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts and of the Major Organisations Board 1994-7. A founding director and editor of the online political newsletter New Matilda.com. McPhee has an honorary doctorate from Monash University, was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a senior Fellow of the University. From 2006-9, McPhee lived and worked between the Middle East and Italy, writing a book about the region and articles about matching philanthropic initiatives to the needs of young people. She has published widely in Australia about cultural policy and literature. McPhee was awarded an Order of Australia for service to the Arts in 2003.

Notes

Manuscript reference numbers: MS Acc13.001, MS Acc13.006, MS Acc13.032, MS Acc13.059, MS Acc13.076, MS Acc13.089, MS Acc13.134.

Subjects McPhee, Hilary, 1941- -- Archives.  |  Australia Council.  |  Authors, Australian -- Archives.  |  Publishers and publishing -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Editors -- Australia -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1950-2012 
Occupation Authors.  |  Publishers.  |  Editors.  |  Academics.

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