This guide introduces researchers to the diverse literary collections held by the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA). The literary collections range from early colonial authors to contemporary writers, poets and literary commentators.
Individual author collections represent well know Australian writers such as Chris Wallace Crabbe, Ray Eriksen and Naomi Mitchison while shedding light on the work of lesser-known writers, both within the university’s literary circles and the wider literary community.
The UMA also holds the records of literary journals and collectives that tried to achieve a set goal within varying aspects of the literary field. The records of Sister’s Publishing, McPhee Gribble and Meanjin are extensive, containing hold author correspondence and manuscripts in addition to their business records. There is also the collection of the Australian Book Review, the official journal of the National Book Council that contains correspondence with reviewers and publishers, editorial notes and National Book Council circulars.
Please see the Publishing subject guide for complementary collections in the publishing and book trade industry.
These links are designed as windows into the notable collections of individual authors, literary journals and collectives.