Guide to the Records of the Youngstreet Poets [MSS 293]

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Manuscript Name Records of the Youngstreet Poets
Manuscript Number MSS 293
Last Updated June 2022
Extent 4 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Organisational papers, including constitution, minutes, financials, correspondence. Also includes literary papers, drafts, galley proofs.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of the organisational papers of the Youngstreet Poets, created between 1978 and 1989. The collection includes minutes and meeting books, annual reports, constitution, financial records and correspondence. The collection also includes material relating to anthologies published by the Youngstreet Poets, including drafts, contracts, galley proofs.

Date Range of Content

1977 - 1989

Biographical Note

The Youngstreet Poets are a group of Sydney-based poets founded in 1979 to provide a workshop setting in order to close the distance between creators and readers. The group was named after Young Street, where they were founded, but altered their name to avoid being confused with ‘street poetry’. They are still meeting, based since 1995 at Writing NSW, with a limited number of invited members.

The Youngstreet Poets have published several anthologies of Australian poetry, including Refractions: poems (1983, ed. Geoff Page), Procession (1987, ed. Fay Zwicky), Directions (1991, ed. Rosemary Dobson), The breaking line (1995, ed. Peter Skrzynecki).

Publisher record, Youngstreet Poets, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 14/01/2019].

Writing NSW. (2018, April 12). Youngstreet poets. Retrieved from 14/01/2019

Zwicky, F. (1987). Introduction. In F. Zwicky (Ed.), Procession (pp. 7-8). Sydney: Hale & Ironmonger.


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

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Preferred Citation

Records of the Youngstreet Poets, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 293, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Youngstreet Poets in a single consignment.

Subject Keywords


Australian poetry, 20th century poetry

Personal Names

Corporate Names

Young Street Poets

Youngstreet Poets



Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Young Street Poets Anthology material
Correspondence, 1981

Folder 2 
Poetry, including material for Youngstreet Poets 3, edited by Fay Zwicky

Folder 3 
Poetry, invoices, correspondence and details of history, 1980 - 1983

Folder 4 
Correspondence, 1984 - 1988
Attendance books, 1983 - 1984, 1985 - 1986

Folder 5 
Correspondence, 1985 - 1987

Folder 6 
Correspondence, 1984 - 1985

Folder 7
Correspondence, 1979 - 1987

Folder 8
Correspondence, minutes, financial records, 1979 - 1987


Box 2

Folder 9 
Financial records, 1983 - 1987

Folder 10 
Financial records, 1983 - 1987

Folder 11 
Correspondence, 1981 - 1983

Folder 12
Correspondence, 1978 - 1980

Folder 13 
Book reviews, publicity, 1979 - 1987

Society of Women Writers’ Workshop booklet, 1977
President’s report, talks given by members.

Folder 14 
Talks by Young Street members
Young Street Poets’ Anthology, 1981

Folder 15 
Minute books, 1978 - 1979
Meeting book, 1980 - 1982
Young Street Poets’ Anthology, edited by Vivian Smith

Folder 16 
Order book, Receipt and Expenditure book, 1978 - 1987
Account book, 1983-1984
Creative Writing, Sri Lanka


Box 3

Folder 17
Minutes and annual reports, 1983 - 1987

Folder 18 
Minutes, agendas, constitution, 1979 - 1983

Folder 19 
Galley proofs, contract for Procession

Folder 20 
Minute book, 1979 - 1989

Folder 21
Talks given at meetings, 1978 -

Folder 22
Correspondence regarding Procession, 1986 - 1987

Folder 23
Correspondence, 1983-late 1980s.


Box 4

Folder 24
Correspondence, poetry, 1983 - 1984

Folder 25
Poetry, c.1980s

Folder 26
News clippings, 1979 - 1989

Folder 27
Receipts and cheque books, 1982 - 1987