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401895
  • Title
    Poets Union of New South Wales - records, 1977-2000
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 9057
    MLOH 718
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1977-2000
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    401895
  • Physical Description
    4.05 metres of textual material (27 boxes)
    9 computer disks
    1 videocassette (3 hrs.)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    The Poets Union was formed in August 1977 in Melbourne, and later incorporated in N.S.W. with branches in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Adelaide. Its purpose was to encourage and develop opportunities for poets and contemporary poetry in Australia. The union acted as an advocacy and representational body fighting for and protecting the rights of its members. It received support from the Australia Council, the NSW Ministry for the Arts and Sydney City Council.

    Prominent Australian writers and publishers associated with the Poets' Union have included Lee Cataldi, Anna Couani, Rae Desmond Jones, Kate Llewellyn, Phil Roberts, Nigel Roberts, Alan Wearne, Judith Wright and Tom Thompson.

    In 2011, The Poets Union merged with the Australian Poetry Centre to form Australian Poetry Ltd.

    References
    Library correspondence file
    Australian Poetry, http://www.australianpoetry.org/ (accessed August 6, 2013)
  • Scope and Content
    BOXES 1-7 purchased from Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), 2000

    BOX 1

    Folder 1
    Membership applications, 1977-1978, plus lists

    Folder 2
    Constitutional documents
    Post cards

    Folder 3
    Correspondence, 1980

    Folder 4
    Material relating to the Literature Board

    Folder 5
    Correspondence, 1978
    Membership forms
    Sydney Poets' Union membership, 1979-1980
    Membership, 1982-1983

    Folder 6
    Correspondence relating to National conference

    Folder 7
    Correspondence

    Folder 8
    Correspondence, 1979
    Brisbane minutes

    BOX 2

    Folder 9
    Membership, 1978-1979

    Folder 10
    Photographs of poets
    Wollongong minutes

    Folder 11
    Sydney minutes

    Folder 12
    Information on how to organise a poetry reading
    Muse News (NSW Poets' Union Newsletter), 1989-1990
    Publications from poetry organisations

    Folder 13
    Melbourne minutes

    Folder 14
    Poetry in schools
    Publications of literary organisations
    Publishers' contracts
    Financial papers
    Promotional material

    BOX 3

    Folder 15
    Publications, newsletters, promotional material etc. relating to Poets' Union
    Poetry
    Literature

    Folder 16
    Publications, newsletters, promotional meterial etc. relating to Poets' Union
    Poetry
    Literature

    Folder 17
    Publicity material

    Folder 18
    Publicity material

    Folder 19
    National newsletter
    Correspondence, publicity material, newsletters etc.

    Folder 20
    Copies of Muse News - newsletters of the Poets' Union of NSW
    Correspondence - includes correspondence with publishers
    Minutes of meetings
    Media release for 'Carnivale, 1998'

    Folder 20a
    Correspondence, publicity material, newsletters etc.

    Folder 21
    Correspondence, publicity material, newsletters etc.

    BOX 4

    Folder 21a
    Correspondence, promotional material, newsletters, minutes of meetings etc.

    Folder 22
    Newsletters, correspondence, promotional material etc.

    Folder 23
    Correspondence, poetry, minutes of meetings (NSW Poets' Union)
    Agenda for meeting
    Adelaide minutes

    Folder 24
    Material on arts awards, grants from the Australia Council
    South Australian Poets' Union newslettesr and minutes of meetings
    Information from the Arts Law Centre and the Adelaide Festival

    Folder 25
    Art Workers' Union material

    Folder 26
    Correspondence, mid 1983

    Folder 27
    Correspondence and promotional material
    Copy of Free Speech Review, January, 1986 (newsletters of the Free Speech Committee)
    Annual general meeting notes and annual report of The Free Speech Committee

    Folder 28
    Financial papers

    BOX 5

    Folder 29
    Financial papers

    Folder 30
    Drafts of Poets' Union policy of Literature Board

    Folder 31
    MACE (Multicultural Arts for Community Exchange) newsletter, September, 1985
    Occupational Health and Safety in the Arts

    Folder 32
    Minutes - NSW Poets' Union

    Folder 33
    Receipts, 1984-1985
    Poets' Union Constitution
    Publicity for poetry events
    Poets' Union rules
    Press clippings
    Publicity for poetry readings

    Folder 34
    Wollongong Poets' Union minutes
    Financial papers
    Newsletters, minutes etc.

    Folder 35
    Accounts, receipt books

    BOX 6
    Folders 36-43
    Correspondence, newsletters, promotional material, membership matters

    BOX 7
    Folders 44-49
    Correspondence, newsletters, promotional material, membership matters

    Folder 50
    Newsletters
    Cheque books and receipt books

    BOXES 8-28, purchased from Poets Union Inc, 2000
  • Source
    Boxes 1-7 purchased from Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), 2000 Boxes 8-28 purchased from Poets Union Inc., 2000
  • Collection History
    Boxes 1-7 originally purchased from Poets Union by Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Library in 1991
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve. - Applies to MLMSS 9057
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright - This collection has multiple copyright rights owners
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Contents list for boxes 1-8 supplied by Australia Defence Force Academy Library
    Contents list for boxes 9-28 supplied by Poets Union Inc.
    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2013-2014
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