Guide to the Papers of Peter Skrzynecki


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Manuscript Name Papers of Peter Skrzynecki
Manuscript Number MSS 34
Last Updated April 2007
Extent 42 cm (3 boxes)
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract The collection comprises original manuscripts, typescript drafts and proofs of short stories for Rock 'n' Roll Heroes (1992). Includes correspondence and early poetry.

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

The collection comprises original manuscripts, typescript drafts and proofs of short stories for Rock 'n' Roll Heroes (1992). Includes correspondence and early poetry.

Date Range of Content

1964-1992

Biographical Note

Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Skrzynecki

Peter Skrzynecki was born on the 6 April 1945 in Germany. He arrived in Australia in 1949 after spending his early years in Poland. After living for a time in the migrant camp outside Parkes, New South Wales, the family moved to Sydney, where Skrzynecki grew up. He gained tertiary qualifications at Sydney Teachers' College and the University of New England before going on to work, initially, as a primary school teacher in NSW. He has worked as a lecturer in English at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur.

In 1977, he was writer-in-residence at Sydney Teachers College. He has won several awards, including the 1982 Henry Lawson Short Story Competition. Skrzynecki spent some months in Poland in 1989 as part of a cultural exchange programme and in 1990 he was awarded the L'Ordre du Merite Culturel at the Polish Consulate in Sydney, a medal and citation in recognition of his work in promoting an awareness of Polish Art and Literature in Australia. Skrzynecki's anthology, Joseph's coat, was set as a text for NSW Higher School Certificate students in 1991. In 2006 he was an adjunct associate professor in the School of Hunmanities at the University of Western Sydney.

Skrzynecki was awarded:
Order of Australia, 2002 For service to Australian multicultural literature
Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships, Literature Board Fellowship, 1974
Captain Cook Bicentenary Awards, 1970: winner
National Award for Biography, 2005: shortlisted for The sparrow garden 
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, 1990: shortlisted for Night swim : poems (1978-1988) 
Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Award, Prose, 1985: winner for Pick-and-shovel hero 
Grace Leven Poetry Prize, 1972: winner for Head-waters.

References:
AustLit : The Resource for Australian Literature, February 2006.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Check with Curator

Copying: Check with Curator

Preferred Citation

Papers of Peter Skrzynecki, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

Provenance

The collection was acquired from Peter Skrzynecki in a single instalment in 1993.

 

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Australian poets, Australian poetry, Australian authors, Australian literature

Personal Names

Peter Skrzynecki 1945-

Corporate Names

 

Occupations

Poets

 

Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1 
Signed published work Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), a collection of short stories by Peter Skrzynecki

Folder 2 
Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), original manuscripts of 'The prophetess', June/July 1974, 'Mulberries', 1 November 1980, 'Going to the pictures', 27 September 1983 and 'The girl in the puffed-sleeves jumper', 27 February 1985

Folder 3 
Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), original manuscripts of 'The jazz ballet lesson', 30 July 1985, 'Rock 'n' roll heroes', 15 October 1985, 'Dolly', 20 may 1986, 'The smallest photo', 22 October 1986 and 'The letter from Poland', 28 December 1986

Folder 4 
Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), original manuscript of 'The quickie caper', 3 December 1986

Folder 5 
Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), typescripts of 'The sand whiting', 15 June 1987, 'Where the elephant trod', 7 June 1988, 'The cherry nose', 30 November 1989 and 'A river of crystal light', 8 February 1991

Folder 6 
Photocopied title pages for Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992). Typescript drafts of 'Rock 'n' roll heroes', 'Mulberries', 'The jazz ballet lesson', 'The girl in the puffed-sleeves jumper', 'The letter from Poland', 'The prophetess' and 'The smallest photo'

Folder 7 
Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), typescript drafts of 'Where the elephant trod', 'The night of the sand whiting', 'Going to the pictures', 'The quickie caper', 'The cherry nose' and 'A river of crystal light'

 

Box 2

Folder 8 
Typescript draft of Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992)

Folder 9 
Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), manuscript drafts of 'The cherry nose', 'The quickie caper', 'The night of the sand whiting', 'Where the elephant trod', 'The smallest photo', 'The prophetess', 'Rock 'n' roll heroes', 'The jazz ballet lesson', 'The letter from Poland', 'Dolly'

Folder 10 
Page proofs of Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992)

Folder 11 
Uncorrected page proofs of Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992)

Folder 12 
Typescript of Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), part 1

Folder 13 
Typescript of Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992), part 2

 

Box 3

Folder 14 
Annotated page proofs of Rock 'n' roll heroes (1992)

Folder 15 
Correspondence, notes and three disks (5.Word Star on 3.5 inch disks)

Folder 16 
Early poems (1964-1968)