Category Archives: Literary Archives

Considering the literary archive: William Gosse Hay

Dr Rachael Weaver School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne I first became interested in the Australian writer William Hay ten years ago, when Ken Gelder and I re-published Hay’s 1921 story, ‘An Australian Rip Van Winkle,’ in our Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction (2007). The tale is a delightfully strange one, about […]

“A library is a pleasure dome…”: Germaine Greer and libraries

Sarah Brown – Archivist, Germaine Greer Archive “Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world I am at home, unselfconscious, still […]

A life in 22 boxes

Jane Beattie, Assistant Archivist – University of Melbourne Archives Sophie Garrett, Assistant Archivist – University of Melbourne Archives Two pairs of ballet slippers used by Juan Cespedes are preserved in the John Harvey Foster collection, along with research material and personal effects such as Foster’s diaries and a notebook of recipes written by the pair. These […]

Poster of two children, a boy knitting and a girl playing with a truck, with the caption "boys or girls, what does it matter all children should have the chance to find out what really interests them and what they really enjoy doing"

“Sugar and spice and all things nice…”

Dr Sebastian Gurciullo, Assistant Archivist What are little boys made of? What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails And puppy-dogs’ tails That’s what little boys are made of What are little girls made of? What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice And all things nice That’s what little girls are made […]

Memory, poetry and a good buffet dinner

“I’ve always had a good memory…which is helpful for my poetry though it makes it rather like a buffet dinner with many small dishes all over the bench.”[i] Birthdays always prompt a level of reflection and earlier this month Melbourne poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe celebrated his 80th. His writing reveals that these years have not been […]

Lilith: a feminist history journal, no 1, Winter, 1984

In Sisterhood: collectives for women, by women

In the late 20th century female writers were supported by relationships with publishers and the editors of feminist journals, whose aim was to nurture the development of writing by women, for women. Founded by a close team of five women, including Hilary McPhee and Diana Gribble of McPhee and Gribble fame, Sister’s Publishing was a […]

The Magic of Meanjin

Writers nurture multiple relationships throughout their career and perhaps there’s none more important than the one with their publisher.  The collections held at UMA illustrate the process of writing and publication, from the moment an idea is born to the maturation of a finished piece of writing. This relationship between writer and publisher is most […]

A State of Many Stories

Victoria’s rich literary history is revealed on The Writers’ State: A Literary Map of Victoria, with many of the big names and big stories of Australian Literature inspired by or set in the country towns of Victoria and the city of Melbourne.  This beautiful map is also a comprehensive reflection of UMA’s own collections. The […]