Guide to the Papers of Adam Shoemaker


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Manuscript Name Papers of Adam Shoemaker
Manuscript Number MSS 363
Last Updated October 2018
Extent  70 cm (4 boxes)
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Working material for the anthology A Sea Change: Australian Writing and Photography (1998), including correspondence, draft contributions, business matters, and pre-publication layouts of the book.

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

This collection consists of working material for the anthology A Sea Change: Australian Writing and Photography (1998) which was compiled and edited by Adam Shoemaker. The anthology, which explores the themes of transformation, was published by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games to provide a snapshot of contemporary Australian art and literature. The material includes correspondence, versions of the literary and photographic contributions, business matters, and drafts of the collated anthology. Contributors include David Malouf, Lily Brett, Robert Drewe, Beth Yahp, Robert Dessaix, Tracey Moffatt, Anne Zhalka, and William Yang.

The folders themselves appear to be colour-coded for content. A note in Folder 65 possibly indicates the following pattern:

  • purple – management
  • pink – contributor list/contacts
  • blue – contributor correspondence
  • yellow – contributor manuscripts
  • cream – general

Date Range of Content

1996-1999

Biographical Note

Adam Shoemaker was born in Canada, 1957. He came to Australia in the 1980s after receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, Canada. His award-winning doctoral research on Aboriginal literature at the Australian National University, Black Words, White Page, was first published in 1989.

Shoemaker has held a succession of public and academic positions since then, including Professor and Dean of Arts at the Australian National University, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President at Monash University. In 2016, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University.

Shoemaker founded the Oxfam-Monash Partnership and co-founded the Monash-World Vision Alliance. He has focused much energy on projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, including publishing material on digital education, cultural studies. He has written or edited nine books in the field of Australian Indigenous literature and culture.

While teaching Australian Studies at the Queensland University of Technology in the mid-1990s, Shoemaker served as the Chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival. During this time, he edited the anthology A Sea Change: Australian Writing and Photography. The work was commissioned by the Olympic Arts Festivals of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with the aim of providing a ‘snapshot’ of Australian culture in the late twentieth century.

References:

About Professor Shoemaker, Southern Cross University (https://www.scu.edu.au/about/vice-chancellor/about-professor-shoemaker/), Lismore: Southern Cross University. [Retrieved 2/10/2018].

Author record, Adam Shoemaker, AustLit (www.austlit.edu.au), St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved 2/10/2018].

Black Words White Page, ANU Press (http://press.anu.edu.au?p=49901), Canberra: The Australian National University. [Retrieved 2/10/2018].

A Sea Change: Australian Writing and Photography, edited by Adam Shoemaker, Ultimo: Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, 1998, p.243.

Work record, A Sea Change: Australian Writing and Photography, AustLit (www.austlit.edu.au), St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved 2/10/2018].

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

Papers of Adam Shoemaker, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 363, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

 

Provenance

The collection was donated by Adam Shoemaker in 1999.

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Australian literature, Australian photography

 

Personal Names

Adam Shoemaker 1957-

Corporate Names

Queensland University of Technology

Occupations

Academic

Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1
A Sea Change – final cover bromide and text dyelines, 3 September 1998

Folder 2
Correspondence – Marc Nolan – production manager – A Sea Change, 1998

Also includes the official program for the A Sea Change Olympic Arts Festival, 1998, published in the Sydney Morning Herald. This folder also includes some correspondence with others, relating to the launch and marketing of the anthology, some final editorial changes, and final confirmations of reproduction permissions.

Folder 3
Photography – A Sea Change – general correspondence, 1998

Folder 4
A Sea Change – Art Gallery of NSW – correspondence re: photography, 1998

Folder 5
Anne Zahalka – photography for A Sea Change, 1998

Includes biographical notes, some correspondence, and a photograph, titled ‘Self-Portrait with Alice, 1998’. An edited version of this photo serves as the creator photo of Zahalka in A Sea Change.

Folder 6
A Sea Change – literary lunches, 1998

Includes correspondence and marketing material relating to a literary luncheon held to launch the anthology, 15 Sep 1998.

Folder 7
Reaching the World – possible anthology for 1999 Olympic Arts Festival, 1997-1998

Correspondence and proposals about possible projects for the 1999 Olympic Arts Festival, Reaching the World. Projects proposed included a French translation of the A Sea Change anthology and an anthology for the 1999 cultural festival, titled Reaching the World – Australian Literature, Film and Art. The proposal includes a list of possible contributors, such as George Miller, Peter Garrett, and Magda Szubanski.

Folder 8
A Sea Change – first pages of 15 July 1998

Folder 9
A Sea Change – second pages of 30 July 1998

Folder 10
A Sea Change – proofs of 17 August 1998

 

Box 2

Folder 11
A Sea Change – proofs of 24 August 1998

Folder 12
Hooper, Chloe, 1998

Includes correspondence and drafts of Hooper’s submission, ‘The Little Mermaid™’.

Folder 13
Wright, Alexis, 1998

Includes correspondence and drafts of Wright’s submission, ‘The Serpent’s Covenant’.

Folder 14
Yahp, Beth, 1998

Includes correspondence and drafts of Yahp’s submission, ‘The Beautiful Hour’.

Folder 15
Yang, William – A Sea Change anthology, 1998

Includes correspondence and permissions regarding use of Yang’s print ‘BONDI 1981’ for the anthology. Also includes some media from The Australian and The Australian Magazine.

Folder 16
Dessaix, Robert, 1998

Includes correspondence, editorial comments, and drafts of Dessaix’s submission, ‘Tea with Matisse’.

Folder 17
Louis Nowra, 1998

Includes correspondence, proofs, editorial comments, drafts regarding Nowra’s submission, ‘Ten Anecdotes about Lord Howe Island’.

Folder 18
Cathcart, Michael – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Includes correspondence, comments, drafts regarding Cathcart’s submission, ‘The Silent Continent’.

Folder 19
Brett, Lily – A Sea Change Anthology: correspondence, 1997-1998

Includes correspondence, comments, drafts regarding Brett’s submission, ‘No Don’t, No Don’t’.

Folder 20
Bradley, James – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Includes correspondence, comments, drafts regarding Bradley’s submission, ‘The Turtles’ Graveyard’.

Folder 21
Invoices – A Sea Change, 1998

Folder 22
A Sea Change anthology – contributors’ lists, 1997-1998

Includes letters updating the contributors on the progress of the anthology, May 1998. Also includes proposal letter for the anthology as a two-book series; A Sea Change and Reaching the World.

Folder 23
Final corrections, 1998

Folder 24
Thiering, Barbara – A Sea Change anthology, 1998

Includes correspondence, comments, drafts regarding Thiering’s submission, ‘The Land Where Myths Have Died’.

Folder 25
Adam Shoemaker – introduction, 1998

Includes photograph of Shoemaker, permission letter from the Bayside Bulletin for its use, and a clipping from the newspaper using the photo for a story on the A Sea Change anthology. Also includes a Deed of Grant for the use of Shoemaker’s introduction.

Folder 26
Woolfe, Sue – A Sea Change anthology, 1998

Includes correspondence, editorial comments, drafts regarding Woolfe’s submission, ‘Forgiving the Sea’.

Folder 27
Drewe, Robert, 1997-1998

Includes correspondence, drafts regarding Drewe’s submission, ‘Eric’.

Folder 28
Nowra, Louis – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Also includes correspondence with Melbourne University Press regarding the printing of a map of Lord Howe Island to accompany Nowra’s contribution to the anthology.

 

Box 3

Folder 29
Moore, David – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Includes biographical notes and correspondence regarding permission to reproduce Moore’s works ‘Sydney from 16,000 feet’ and ‘Painting the Himalaya’ for the anthology.

Folder 30
Moffatt, Tracey – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 31
Cathcart, Michael, 1998

Includes drafts with editorial comments.

Folder 32
Brett, Lily – A Sea Change anthology, 1997-1998

Includes correspondence, comments, drafts regarding Brett’s submission, ‘No Don’t, No Don’t’.

Folder 33
Bradley, James – A Sea Change anthology: manuscript, 1998

Includes correspondence, comments, drafts regarding Bradley’s submission, ‘The Turtles’ Graveyard’.

Folder 34
Barry, Chris – A Sea Change anthology, 1996

Consists of a booklet exhibiting Chris Barry’s work, titled wind in utopia, published by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, June 1996.

Folder 35
Pan Macmillan, 1996

Includes correspondence.

Folder 36
Earls, Nick, 1998

Includes correspondence and drafts of Earls’ submission, ‘The Haircut of a More Successful Man’. Also includes three other submissions that were not included in the anthology: ‘Green’. ‘Visions and hallucinations’, and ‘Moving out’.

Folder 37
Deacon, Destiny – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 38
Zahalka, Anne – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 39
Yahp, Beth – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 40
Woolfe, Sue – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 41
Woldendorp, Richard – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 42
Thiering, Barbara – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Includes drafts and editorial comments on Thiering’s contribution, ‘The Land Where Myths Have Died’. Also includes some marketing material from Transworld Publishers for Thiering’s other work.

Folder 43
Roberts, Victoria – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 44
Martin, Matthew – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Includes a draft of Martin’s contribution, ‘I Travelled West’.

Folder 45
Malouf, David – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Also includes drafts and editorial comments of Malouf’s contribution, ‘Jacko’s Reach’.

Folder 46
Langton, Marcia – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 47
King-Smith, Leah – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 48
Garrett, Peter – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1997-1998

Folder 49
Edwards, Sandy – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 50
Dykgraaf, Johanna – A Sea Change anthology: correspondence, 1998

Folder 51
Tsiolkas, Christos, 1998

Includes correspondence and drafts of Tsiolkas’s contribution, ‘UNSAFE: The Princess Ghost’.

Folder 52
A Sea Change – contributors’ contracts, 1998

Folder 53
Biographical note + self-portrait copies, 1998

Folder 54
Queensland Art Gallery – photography, 1998

Folder 55
A Sea Change final edit, June 1998

Includes correspondence, drafts, and editorial comments.

Folder 56
Cover designs, 1998

 

Box 4

Folder 57
Pre-publication layout, July 1998

Folder 58
MS and email to Marc Nolan, 18 June 1998

Marc Nolan worked as the publications project manager for A Sea Change.

Folder 59
Programme text / possible cover designs, early 1998

Folder 60
A Sea Change Anthology – general, 1998

Includes some correspondence, notes on contents and pre-publication marketing.

Folder 61
Emails, February 99, 1998-1999

Folder 62
A Sea Change emails, 1998-1999

Folder 63
Adrian Adams, 1998

Includes correspondence and copies of Adams’s drawing of Lord Howe Island.

Folder 64
SOCOG publicity – Sue Couttie

SOCOG - Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Sue Couttie was Publicity Manager, Olympic Arts Festivals. Folder includes correspondence and draft publicity materials.

Folder 65
A Sea Change – budget, 1998

Folder 66
A Sea Change anthology – press release, c.early 1998

Folder 67
Lyn Tranter, 1998

Correspondence.

Folder 68
A Sea Change anthology – promotions, 1998

Includes a note possibly indicating a colour code to Shoemaker’s filing system.

Folder 69
A Sea Change – sponsorship document, 1998

Includes correspondence and a copy of the presentation document.

Folder 70
Andre Stretton - preface, 1998

Includes correspondence and drafts of Stretton’s preface.

Folder 71
A Sea Change – final signed contracts from contributors, 1998.

Folder 72
A Sea Change – SOCOG correspondence, 1997-1998

SOCOG - Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Correspondence subjects include design discussions, budget considerations.

[AV] Folder 73
A Sea Change: Australian Writing and Photography – production MS, June 1998

A Verbatim DataLifePlus 3.5” floppy diskette. Label indicates that it contains a production MS with all the stories in one document in MS Word 5.1 (Mac). Possibly originally attached to the hard copy and correspondence in Folder 56.