Guide to the Papers of Philip Salom


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Manuscript Name Papers of Philip Salom
Manuscript Number MSS 150
Last Updated March 2018
Extent 20 boxes and oversize items
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts of poems and prose works, personal and business correspondence, financial records, reviews, galley proofs, audio cassettes, illustrations, floppy disks 1970 -

Collection Subject Type 

Literary

Scope and Content

Drafts of poems and prose works, personal and business correspondence, financial records, reviews, galley proofs, audio cassettes, illustrations, floppy disks 1970 -

Date Range of Content 

1980's - 2004

Biographical Note

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Salom

Philip Salom (born 8 August 1950) is a contemporary Australian poet and novelist whose poetry books have attracted widespread acclaim.

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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. 

Copying: Copying of material authored by Philip Salom for private study and research is approved. 

Preferred Citation 

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

Provenance 

The collection was deposited by Philip Salom between 1989-2004. 

Subjects

poetry

Personal Names 

Philip Salom 8 August 1950- 

Occupations 

poet, author

Container List

Box 1

Folder 1

Correspondence from W. Hart-Smith

Folder 2

Correspondence.

Folder 3

Correspondence.                                           

Folder 4

Correspondence. 

Folder 5

Correspondence. 

Folder 6

‘Sky’ poems. 

Box 2

Folder 7      

Barbecue of the Primitives. 

Folder 8

Barbecue of the Primitives.

Folder 9

Barbecue of the Primitives and ‘Readers’ - drafts, poster (???).

Folder 10

‘Songs of the New World’ and ‘Speaking with the Future’ - drafts.

Folder 11

‘Songs of the New World’ and ‘Speaking with the Future’ - drafts. 

Folder 12

Draft of untitled novel.

Box 3

Folder 13

Poetry by Philip Salom and John Kinsella (signed by authors);

List of material in consignment 2;

Photocopies of woodcuts;

Feeding the Ghost - collection ofpoetry - manuscript, draft.

Folder 14

‘Act as Sissyphus’ - manuscript, draft;

‘Train Talks : the Three of Us’ - manuscript, draft;

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: miscellaneous scripts; handwritten notes; correspondence to Judith; poetry.

Folder 15

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: draft; scripts; poetry;

            handwritten notes. 

Folder 16

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: draft; scripts; poetry;

handwritten notes.

Folder 17

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: draft; scripts; poetry;

handwritten notes.

Folder 18

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: draft; scripts; poetry;

handwritten notes.

Folder 19

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: draft; scripts; poetry;

handwritten notes. 

Folder 20

Feeding the Ghost - collection of poetry: draft; scripts; poetry;

handwritten notes. 

Box 4

Folder 21

Correspondence: Anna (handwritten draft); Pyramoedya Anata Toer

(Indonesia - prisoner of conscience - typewritten); Murdoch University (letter of application, typewritten); Graham Powell (ANL) - typewritten;

Barrett Reid - handwritten letter; Lynne Cannings - typewritten; Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne - typewritten; Helen Immunen (West Australian Institute of Technology) - typewritten.

Draft scripts - poetry, untitled play - handwritten and typewritten. 

Folder 22

‘Glass 3: Defection’ - poetry - handwritten and typewritten scripts and notes.

Barbecue of the Primitives (collection of poetry) - handwritten drafts,

photocopies.

Folder 23

‘The Shifting Floor’ - poetry - drafts, handwritten and typewritten.

Folder 24

Correspondence. 

Folder 25

Correspondence.

Folder 26

Correspondence.

Folder 27

Correspondence. 

Folder 27

Correspondence

Box 5

Folder 28

Correspondence – 1988, 1991

1988 - Business – book and poetry publishers, March

1991Personal, various, 29 May – 18 December, and Sue Clennell, 20 June – 1 December; 

            Business

          Australia Council for the Arts, 2 April – 9 October;

Department for the Arts (W.A.) / Minister for the Arts (W.A.) / Parliament of Australia Senate, 31 May – 20 November;

          Various book and poetry publishers, 7 June – 23 December;

          Universities / Colleges, 6 March – 12 December;

          Fremantle Arts Centre, 20 June – 28 November;

          National Library of Australia, 13 November – 19 December. 

Folder 29

Correspondence – 1992

Personal, various, 30 January – 18 November; 

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 20 February – 2 September;

Department for the Arts (W.A.) / Minister for the Arts (W.A.), 17 March – 29 April;

Book and poetry publishers:

        Barbara Mobbs, 9 March – 1 December;

        Penguin Books Australia Ltd., 3 February – 18 December;

        Various others, 24 January – 6 November

Universities / Colleges:

        ADFA Library, 11 March – 25 June;

        Various other institutions, 9 March – 9 December;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 24 February – 8 April;

National Library of Australia, 21 February – 4 December;

Festivals, 8 January – 26 May.

Folder 30

Correspondence – 1993

Personal, various, 15 January – 6 October, including ‘subset’ of Rome-based letters, October and November;

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 5 April and 1 October;

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        National Book Council, 27 January – 15 December

        Penguin Books Australia Ltd., 13 January – 8 June;

        Various others, 27 January – 21 October

Universities / Colleges, 28 January – 11 November

Fremantle Arts Centre, 4 January – 18 October;

National Library of Australia, 21 February – 4 December;

Festivals, 19 February – 6 December. 

Folder 31

Correspondence – 1994

Personal, various, 7 February – 12 December, including fax by Margaret Atwood to Philip Salom (23 August), and including: ‘subset’ of Rome-based letters, 4 January – 20 March; ‘subset’ of Clark Blais, 12 August – 30 October; and ‘subset’ of Irene Playford, 18 and 25 May;

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 21 February – 13 December;

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        National Book Council, 9 February – 25 November;

        University of Queensland Press; 7 April – 29 July;

        Various others, 21 January – 20 December;

Universities / Colleges, 4 February – 10 November;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 20 January – 14 December;

National Library of Australia, 21 February – 4 December;

Festivals, 22 February – 18 April.

Box 6

Folder 32

Correspondence – 1995

Personal, various, 5 February – 10 December, including ‘subset’ of Clark Blaise, 3 May – 22 October;

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 18 and 19 May;

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        Penguin Books Australia Ltd., 3 February – 21 December;

        Various others, 17 January – 28 December;

Universities / Colleges, 1 February – 17 November;

Festivals, 14 March – 18 December. 

Folder 33

Correspondence – 1996

Personal, various, 10 January – 31 December, including ‘subset’ of Rome-based letters, 29 January – 1 June;

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 27 March – 1 August;

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        Penguin Books Australia Ltd., 25 January – 20 March;

        Various others, 29 January – 12 December;

Universities / Colleges, 27 February – 20 November;

Festivals, 14 April – 7 November. 

Folder 34

Correspondence – 1997

Personal, various, 6 January – 2 December, including ‘subset’ of Rome-based letters, 20 June – 25 October;

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 9 October;

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        Penguin Books Australia Ltd., 27 June and 7 July;

        Various others, 3 February – 11 December;

Universities / Colleges, 18 February – 13 November;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 23 June – 24 December;

Festivals, 16 January – 7 March.

Folder 35

Correspondence – 1998

Personal, various, 3 January – 28 December;

Business

Australia Council for the Arts, 28 January – 7 August;

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        Penguin Australia, 7 January – 24 October;

        Various others, 25 February- 14 December;

Universities / Colleges, 24 February – 25 June;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 12 January – 23 November;

Festivals, 18 February – 5 August 

Folder 36

Correspondence – 1999

Personal, various, 10 January – 20 August, including ‘subset’ of Rome-based letters, 23 August and 10 October; 

Business

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        Various, 5 January – 22 December;

Universities / Colleges, 22 January – 26 July;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 2 February – 9 December;

Festivals, 20 June – 23 September.

Folder 37

Correspondence – 2000

Personal, various, 7 March – 31 December;

Business

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.:

        Heide Museum of Modern Art, 8 May – 5 September;

        Various, 28 January – 11 December;

Universities / Colleges, 22 May – 5 September;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 2 February – 9 December;

Festivals, 18 March – 6 December.

Box 7

Folder 38

Correspondence – 2001-2003

Personal, various, 20 January, 2001 – 14 February, 2003;

Business

Book and poetry publishers, promoters, etc.

        Various, 10 January, 2001 – 23 December, 2002;

Universities / Colleges, 11 June, 2001 – 4 December, 2002;

Fremantle Arts Centre, 30 January, 2001 – 27 June, 2002;

Festivals, 27 February – 12 October, 2001.

Folder 39

Correspondence – undated

Personal, various handwritten letters to Philip Salom with no identifying date;

Business

Typed letters and including some personal correspondence with no identifying date;

Notes to Philip Salom on publishers’ letterheads with no identifying date.

Folder 40

Correspondence –Postcards, Greetings cards, Birthday cards, etc.

Arranged into two parts: dated (1987-2002), and undated.

Folder 41

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Book 1. Stage 1’, undated, 37 pages;

‘Book 1. Just one part’ and with note, ’63 pp. without new handwritten typing’, undated, unpaginated.

Box 8

Folder 42

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Toccata – Book 1 (the paginated version!). Now with added interpolated pages’, undated, unpaginated.

Folder 43

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Version immediate before and with note ‘Rain all stages out is the best version’, undated, 183 pages.

Folder 44

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Toccata: A novel’, with suggested title ‘The Character of Rain’, undated, 224 pages. Prefaced by ‘A summary of main thoughts’ and ‘Notes: WJ’.

Folder 45

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Book One’, undated, 90 pages;

‘Book 1’, undated, 96 pages;

‘Book 2’, undated, 86 pages;

‘Part 1 of Book 2’, undated, various pagination, with note ’48 pp. w/o new stuff’;

‘Part 2 of Book 2’, undated, various pagination, with note ’40 pp. w/o new [stuff]’.

Box 9

Folder 46

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Part 3 of Book 2. More serious stuff’, undated, various pagination, with note ’48 pp. w/o new stuff’;

‘Tocatta [sic] – section 2 follows on from [first?] section. Together – the whole [read?]’, undated, pp. 94-147;

‘Book Three’, undated, 84 pages;

‘Book 3’, undated, 85 pages.

Folder 47

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

‘Book 3’, undated, 83 pages;

‘Toccata: A Verse Novel’, with note ‘Version – full immediately prior to MA version say Final 1. Books 1 & 2’, undated, pages 87 and 85 pages;

‘Toccata: An Alternative Verse Novel’, November, 1992, 95 pages;

‘Toccata’, and next page has annotation date of 15 April, 2002

Folder 48

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

Untitled version with note on cover page: ‘More sonnets at front to give [undecipherable]’, undated, unpaginated;

Untitled version with ‘Toc [Toccata] 1-27’ on the cover page, undated, unpaginated.

Box 10

Folder 49

Literary Drafts – Toccata and Rain (2004)

Untitled version with note on cover page: ‘Book 1. For Chris. Novel Drafts!’, undated, unpaginated;

Bound version of ‘Toccata – an Alternative Verse Novel’, Master of Arts research thesis, Melbourne University, November, 2002, 95 pages.

Folder 50

Literary Drafts – The Rome Air Naked (1996)

‘Concurrence: Poems’, with extensive notes on cover page concerning poems and book title, undated, 149 pages.

Folder 51

Literary Drafts – The Rome Air Naked (1996)

‘The Rome Air Naked’ undated, unpaginated.

Folder 52

Literary Drafts – The Rome Air Naked (1996)

‘The Rome Air Naked’, Penguin pre-publication version, undated, 139 pages.

Folder 53

Literary Drafts – The Rome Air Naked (1996)

‘The Rome Air Naked’, Penguin pre-publication version, undated, unpaginated.

Folder 54

Literary Drafts – Playback (1991)

‘The Last Tape: A Novel’, undated, 345 pages.

Box 11

Folder 55

Literary Drafts – Playback (1991)

‘Playback, undated, various pagination, with note on cover, ‘Pages re-printed for final firms’.

 

Folder 56

Literary Drafts – Playback (1991)

‘Playback’, undated, 314 pages.

 

Folder 57

Literary Drafts – Playback (1991)

‘Playback’, undated, 347 pages.

 

Folder 58

Literary Drafts – Playback (1991)

‘Drafts 1-5 (?) Playback’, undated, various pagination.

 

Box 12

Folder 59

Literary Drafts – Other Works

‘A Creative Life’, undated, no pagination, contains drafts of poems, typed and handwritten.

 

Folder 60

Literary Drafts – Other Works

‘New and Selected Poems’, undated, no pagination, contains drafts of poems, typed and handwritten.

 

Folder 61

Literary Drafts – Other Works

‘Feeding the Ghost, undated, 121 pages.

 

 

Box 13

Folder 62

Literary Drafts – Other Works

File: ‘Sky Poems’, undated, no pp. 18-155;

File: ‘Notes on / about / from The Crystal Journal’, undated, unpaginated.

 

Folder 63

Literary Drafts – Other Works

File: ‘Middle Drafts. Typed. Prose – Poems. Very old – some written in late 70s / 80s’, undated, various pagination;

File: Untitled blue file, with drafts of poems, prose pieces, etc, undated, unpaginated.

 

Folder 64

Literary Drafts – Other Works

‘First Draft [15th?] March. Next final draft sent off 28 / 29 March’, undated, 367 pages.

 

Folder 65

Literary Drafts – Other Works

‘This draft utterly wrong! Next draft is the final one. This is raw and rough – but about Draft 5?’, undated, 362 pages.

 

Box 14

Folder 66

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Untitled, undated, 389 pages.

 

Folder 67

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Untitled. Cover page as possible title, ‘After [Ambiguity?]’, undated, various pagination.

 

 

Folder 68

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Untitled, prefaced by extensive handwritten notes on characters, structure, undated, 337 pages.

 

Box 15

Folder 69

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Assorted poems, prose pieces, untitled, undated;

‘Monologue’, notes, drafts, unpaginated, c. 1993 – 1994.

 

Folder 70

Literary Drafts – Other Works

‘Book 1’ [draft for Toccata?], undated, unpaginated.

 

Folder 71

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Untitled, cover page organised with headings from Doc 1 to Doc. 349, pp. 1-371.

 

Box 16

Folder 72

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Untitled, cover page has computer screen printout headed ‘Poems’ from a Macintosh with titled docs, undated (early 1990s?).

 

Folder 73

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Assorted, untitled drafts of poems, prose pieces, both typed and handwritten, undated.

 

Folder 74

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Handwritten notes, ideas, drafts for poems and other prose pieces, undated, unpaginated.

Folder 75

Literary Drafts – Other Works

Prose drafts by Philip Salom and 6 essays by Clark Blaise (including his curriculum vitae).

 

Box 17

Folder 76

Literary Drafts – The Rome Air Naked – Extra Series

‘These are the Rome Drafts for The Rome Air Naked’ [Part 1 of file].

 

Folder 77

Literary Drafts – The Rome Air Naked – Extra Series

‘These are the Rome Drafts for The Rome Air Naked’ [Part 2 of file].

 

Folder 78

Literary Drafts – Galley Proofs

‘Selected poems 1936-1984’, by William Hart-Smith, edited by Brian Dibble, 1985;

‘Feeding the Ghost’, author’s copy, 9 April, 1992;

‘Feeding the Ghost’, editor’s copy, 9 April, 1992, with note ‘copy to author 9.4.92’;

‘Feeding the Ghost’, author, 12 June, 1992;

‘Feeding the Ghost’, Master copy, produced on 29 May, 1992.

 

Box 18

Folder 79

Literary Drafts – Galley Proofs

‘The Rome Air Naked’, 11 March, 1995;

‘The Rome Air Naked’, 9 November, 1995;

‘Playback’, undated.

 

Folder 80

Literary Drafts – Note Books

A4 Pignastyl notebook: ‘1st [rough?] – for draft of novel. Novel (1)’;

A4 Pignastyl notebook: ‘T36 - change. Novel (2)’;

A4 Pignastyl notebook: untitled. ‘Novel (3)’;

A4 Pignastyl notebook: untitled. ‘Novel (4)’;

A4 Pignastyl notebook: ‘Comments’;

A4 Pignastyl notebook: ‘Monologue Novel’;

Tudor 3rds Feint Only notebook: ‘Notes on Nood’.

 

Folder 81

Newspaper Articles and Other Publications

‘Literary pair share Booker prize’, The West Australian, 15 October, 1992;

‘Aboriginal poet wins top Premier’s awards’, The West Australian, 16 October, 1992;

‘Premier’s award finalists’ (undated, October, 1992?);

‘Two poets in mid-career’ (undated, unsourced)

Vancouver International Writers and readers Festival, October 23-27, 1991 [booklet];

Paul Sherman, Singing Ships, CAN Company, 1994, with autograph from author to Philip Salom.

 

Box 19

Folder 82

Business Papers and Financial Records

Receipts, royalties statements, bills, income statements, insurance, express deliveries, etc., organised as follows:

(a)  1989; 1991 – 1993; (b) 1994 – 1995 (c) 1996 – 1997 (d) 1998 (e) 1999 (f) 2000  (g) 2001 – 2003.

 

Folder 83

Personal Invitations

Invitations (dated and undated) to Philip Salom to attend festivals, dinner, poetry readings, literary functions, etc., 1990s and early 2000s.

 

Folder 84

Miscellaneous

Mediation agreement, 26 June, 1992;

Petition against re-introduction of death penalty in Western Australia, March 1994;

Curriculum Vitae of Philip Salom (2001/2?);

Small sample of business cards.

 

Cool Room

Box 20

3 cassettes - Bill Hart-Smith;

5 computer discs. - novel and ‘Sky’ poems;

7 computer discs – novel, including copy and working disc variations.

 

Folios

2 ‘Word of Mouth’ scrolls [fragile].

 

Poster Cabinet

5 drawings.

 

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