Collection UQFL107 - Nancy Cato Papers

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Nancy Cato Papers


  • 1934-[198-?] (Creation)

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4 boxes.

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Biographical history

Born in Adelaide, Nancy Cato was a journalist and art critic on the 'Adelaide News' until the late 1950s, when she became a freelance writer. She edited the 'Jindyworobak Anthology' (1950), and was actively involved in the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the Australian Society of Authors during the 1950s and 1960s. Her novels include 'All the Rivers Run', 'Green Grows the Vine', and 'Brown Sugar'. Cato published other prose works, two volumes of poetry and contributed to Australian literary magazines. For further information, see the author entry for Nancy Cato at AustLit.

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Vivienne Rae-Ellis was born in Tasmania, however lived in England from 1987. She published books in many genres including children's fiction, biography and adult fiction and conducted oral history interviews for the National Library of Australia. Prior to her writing career she worked as an actress, a newspaper columnist, a scriptwriter and a public relations officer.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1934-[198-?]
Collection alternatively titled as: Nancy Cato Collection.

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Letters, chiefly to Vivienne Rae-Ellis, related to "Queen Trucanini"; incoming correspondence; manuscript drafts of "Brown sugar", "Queen Trucanini", "Nin and the Scribblies", and "The heart of the continent"; notes and research material.

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Series A : Correspondence, outgoing, 1952-[198-?]
Series B : Correspondence, incoming, 1949-1989
Series C : manuscripts, [197-] - 1989
Series D : Miscellaneous, 1934-1971.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Messina, G. (2016). A 'National Beverage': The 'Sugary' Tea-Ritual in Nancy Cato's Brown Sugar. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature: JASAL, 16 (2), pp.1-13.

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The Australian women's register, AWH000085

Publication note

'Guide to the Papers of Nancy Cato, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library'. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.

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22197770 ; 63005081

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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