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Papers of Julie Lewis, [manuscript]

Papers of Julie Lewis, [manuscript]
National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
MS 9507
Date Range
1931 - 1995

The collection provides a comprehensive record of Julie Lewis' literary career. The bulk of the papers relate to her work as a biographer. For most of her biographies there is a mixture of typescripts, correspondence with publishers, research material, reviews, and papers concerning the launchings. There are many letters relating to research enquires and responses about her biographies. There are many notebooks containing research notes, drafts and random jottings.The correspondence includes a long series of letters from Elizabeth Jolley and other Australian writers. There are also letters from publishers, agents and literary and cultural organisations. Other material includes audiotapes, photographs, scrapbooks and publications. In addition there is correspondence and other papers relating to Lewis' involvement with the Fremantle Arts Review and Australian Council.
An additional 8 cartons (3 metres) of material received in September 2001. Unavailable until access conditions determined.
Biographer, author, and teacher. As a biographer Julie has published On Air : the story of Catherine King and the ABC Women's session (1979), Kathleen O'Connor, artist in exile (1987), Jimmy Woods, flying pioneer (1989) and Olga Masters, a lot of living (1991). Lewis' other writings include Double exposure (1981), The walls of Jericho (1987) and a teenage novel. Her editorial work includes Unlimited scope (1983) and Reflections (1979).

25 boxes (3.5 m)
Available for Reference, with the exception of Boxes 4-6 which are restricted until Lewis' death, after which they are to be closed for 20 years.

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