Guide to the Papers of Steve Evans [MSS 296]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Steve Evans
Manuscript Number MSS 296
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 3 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts of Steve Evans' poems along with correspondence and booklets

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Scope and Content

The papers of Steve Evans consist of drafts of his poems, notably Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car (1990) and Algebra (1992), together with correspondence and booklets

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Biographical Note

Poet Steve (Stephen) Evans was born in 1952 in Adelaide. During his career as an accountant and business manager he began publishing his poetry collections, the first being Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car in 1990. His poetry has won various prizes including the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship and the Satura Prize. Evans has also lectured at the University of Canberra and worked as an Associate Professor at Flinders University

AustLit : Steve Evans retrieved 26 May 2020


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Steve Evans, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 296, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Subject Keywords



Steve Evans, 1952- – Archives

Australian poetry – 20th century

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Steve Evans, 1952-




Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

‘Country Town’, script, typewritten

Poetry, typewritten

Folder 2

‘Country Town’, script, typewritten

Poetry, typewritten

Folder 3

Poetry, typewritten

Folder 4

Algebra, manuscript (as sent to Wakefield Press 18 May 1992)

Folder 5

Algebra, manuscript, typewritten

Correspondence to Michael Bollen from Steve Evans, 10 November 1991

Folder 6

Algebra, manuscript (as sent to Collins, Angus and Robertson, 18 May 1992)

Folder 7

Algebra, manuscript (as sent to Wakefield Press for publication, 18 May 1992)

Folder 8

Algebra, manuscript, typewritten, edited


Box 2

Folder 9

Poetry, typewritten

Booklets : Ling, 17 February 1990; Ling, 1983-1984 VII no. 2; Luna, 1982

Folder 10

Poetry, typewritten

‘One-O-One’ (Poetry Australia 101, 1985)

Article from Northern Perspective, vol. 13 no. 2, 1990

Folder 11


Booklets : Luna, 1984; Poem Public, June 1983; Southern R, 1990; Pivot, 1993

Folder 12

‘Living on the’, manuscript

Folders 13-14

Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car, manuscript

Folder 15

Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car, manuscript (as sent to Wakefield Press for typesetting, 18 May 1992)

Folder 16

Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car, manuscript, typewritten


Box 3

Folder 17

Correspondence to Michael from Steve

Collection of poetry including ‘Country’ poems

Folder 18

Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car, ‘First Light’, manuscript, typewritten

Folder 19

Edison Doesn’t Invent The Car, ‘First Light’ manuscript

Folder 20

Poetry, typewritten

Notes, handwritten

Folder 21

Poetry, handwritten and typewritten

Overland Extra, no. 4

Folder 22

Poetry, handwritten and typewritten

Folder 23

Poetry, handwritten and typewritten

Westerly, September 1990

Folder 24

Poetry, handwritten and typewritten

‘XTRA’, no. 2