Guide to the Papers of Stephen Clark [MSS 001]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Stephen Clark
Manuscript Number MSS 001
Last Updated June 2022
Extent 24 cm (2 boxes + 1 folio)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Research material used by Stephen Barry Clark when writing his M.A. thesis 'Vance Palmer : a consideration of his career in Australian letters', University of Sydney, July 1967. The thesis is based on Palmer's published and unpublished works, and also on the unpublished letters, diaries, journals, and note-books of Vance and Nettie Palmer, which are held by the National Library of Australia.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to S.B. Clark (Stephen Barry), and includes research material used when writing his M.A. thesis “Vance Palmer : a consideration of his career in Australian letters”, University of Sydney, July 1967.

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Stephen Clark, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 001, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


Presented by Stephen Clark.

Related Material

The Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy holds: 'Vance Palmer : a consideration of his career in Australian letters', by S.B. Clark; thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in the University of Sydney, July 1967, shelf location PR 9619.3 .P345 C5 1967.

Separated Material

Further material relating to Stephen Clark is located in the National Library of Australia, Manuscripts Section, in MS 2255 and MS 6083.


Subject Keywords



Authors, Australian authors, 20th century.

Personal Names

Vance Palmer 1885-1959

S.B. Clark (Stephen Barry)

Corporate Names

Australian Broadcasting Commission




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1-4
Vance Palmer work notes - manuscript and typescript drafts and roneoed copies of research, 1920-1959

Folder 5
Vance Palmer correspondence - roneoed copies, 1938-1966

Frank Dalby Davison to S.B. Clark, 1966
Vance Palmer to Frank Dalby Davison
Vance Palmer to T. Inglis Moore

Folder 6
Scripts of Palmer's broadcasts for the Australian Broadcasting Commission - roneoed copies from the ABC Archives, Sydney, 1941-1959

'Current books worth reading' various broadcasts
'Tribute to Banjo Paterson', 1941
'This changing Australia : national culture and the outside world', 1942
'Australian writers speak', 1944
'Theodore Dreiser', 1945
'Henry Lawson - Australia's link with Norway', 1948
'Literature and the arts', page 3 only, 1949 (for South African Broadcasting Corporation)
'Literature in this century : fifty years of federation', 1951
'Catherine Spence, Tasma, and Mrs Campbell Praed', 1951
'Kendall and Gordon', 1951
'E. J. Brady', 1952
'Survey of a century' program entitled 'The rise of Australian nationalism (1890-1919)', 1956
'Fifty years of changing literature', 1956
'An Australian outlook in literature : is it desirable?' 1956
'Armchair chat series', including 'If I were a youth again', 1949, and 'The writer and his audience', 1957

Folder 7-8
Roneoed copies of various articles on Australian literature by Vance Palmer, 1919-1959

Box 2

Folder 9
Book I, [chapter] iii. short story with manuscript title 'I married a cat', previous title, which has been crossed out 'Old woman of the roads': iii. 'Excuse me ladies and gents' ... 11 p. - annotated roneoed typescript

Folder 10
Separate lives, by Vance Palmer - photocopy

Folder 11-13
Roneoed copies of articles, reviews and writings on Vance Palmer, 1905-1965

Folio 1

Folder 14
Christine : a comedy in four acts, by Vance Palmer, 47 p. - roneoed copy, [1930]