Papers of Christina Stead, 1937-1988 [manuscript]
- Bib ID:
- Stead, Christina, 1902-1983
- Related Online Resources:
- Finding aid at National Library of Australia
- Access Conditions:
- Available for research. Not for loan.
- 0.81 metres (5 boxes) + 1 folder + 1 packet.
MS 8645 comprises correspondence, 1946-1982, including letters from various writers, and copies of Christina Stead's letters and business correspondence. The main correspondents are Elizabeth Harrower, Cyrilly Abels, David Stead, Nancy Keesing, Dal Stiven, Ron Geering and Dorothy Green, Nancy and Stephen Murray-Smith, Laurence Pollinger, Tim Curnow, W.G. Hoddinott, M.H. Austin and Joan Daves. The collection also includes papers of Gilbert Stead, brother of Christina Stead, 1977-1983, comprising correspondence, cuttings and photocopies. The correspondents are Christina Stead, John Beston and Stanley Burnshaw. There are appointment diaries, 1962-1977, and other Christina Stead material such as photocopies and cuttings relating to For love alone, cuttings and an article relating to Stead's 80th birthday and printed material (4 boxes).
The Acc08.157 instalment comprises papers of Gilbert Stead including 19 personal letters written to him by Christina Stead (1 folder).
The Acc09.151 instalment comprises 17 letters from Christina Stead (C.E. Blake) to Betty and Gilbert Stead (1 packet).
The Acc22.022 instalment includes approximately 50 letters from Stead's literary agent Cyrilly Abels, in addition to letters and cards from other correspondents including Ruth McKenny, Mary Lord, David Stead, Hortense Calisher, Bill Blake, Laurie Hergenhan, Gwen Walker-Smith and Judith Wright. The collection also includes some fragments of Stead's typed notes (most likely for her novel I'm dying laughing), other handwritten notes, miscellaneous ephemera, newspaper clippings, and three black and white portrait photographs of Stead (1 box).
Novelist and short-story writer. Christina Ellen Stead was born and educated in Australia, but spent most of her life abroad. During the 1930s she began to have novels published, with her acknowledged masterpiece, The man who loved children, being released in 1940. Despite critical acclaim she did not win a more general following until the mid-1960s. In 1974, Stead returned to Australia, making it her home for the first time since 1928.
- Manuscript reference no.: MS 8645, MS Acc08.157, MS Acc09.151, MS Acc22.022.
- Some photocopies.
- Associated materials: Papers of Christina Stead, 1919-1996 MS 4967.
- Associated materials: Papers of Christina Stead, 1916-1990 MS 9581.
- Index/Finding Aid Note:
- Finding aid available online.
- Stead, Christina, 1902-1983 -- Archives
- Stead, Christina, 1902-1983 -- Correspondence
- Stead, Gilbert, -1991 -- Archives
- Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives
- Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives
- Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence
- Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors
- Time Coverage:
- Other authors/contributors:
- Stead, Gilbert, -1991
- Copying of Christina Stead's copyright material is permitted for research purposes.
- Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012.
If you wish to copy or order copies, contact us. For access conditions return to the record display above.
- Reason for copyright status:
- A Manuscript Collection may have a range of formats and dates.
Copyright status was determined using the following information:
- Material type:
- Literary Dramatic Musical
Copyright status may not be correct if data in the record is incomplete or inaccurate. Other access conditions may also apply. For more information please see: Copyright in library collections.
Request this item
Request this item to view in the Library’s reading room.
- Papers of Christina Stead, 1916-1990 [manuscript]
- Letters from Christina Stead to Margaret Hanks and Percia Stead, 1938-1982 [manuscript]
- Notebook and letter by Christina Stead to Edith Anderson, circa 1949-1951 [manuscript]
- Letters and typescript of Christina Stead, 1969-1970 [manuscript]
- Papers of Christina Stead, 1919-1996 [manuscript]