Collection UQFL546 - Rosanne Fitzgibbon Papers

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Rosanne Fitzgibbon Papers


  • 1989-2013. (Creation)

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6 boxes.

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Biographical history

Rosanne Fitzgibbons (1947-2012) (nee Crothall) also known as Rosie Fitzgibbon, worked at University of Queensland Press (UQP) under Frank Thompson in 1971. In her first year, she discovered a young Michael Wilding. After working a year fulltime in-house Fitzgibbon resigned. Over the next 15 years, she lived in London for a year, Canberra for a year, Darwin for six months then spent 10 years living in Samford Valley, just outside of Brisbane. During this time, she free-lanced edited until, in 1988, she re-joined UQP’s editorial staff as the fiction editor. Rosanne Fitzgibbons was the first winner of the Beatrice Davis Fellowship in 1992. This award, run by the Australian Publishers Association, provides an experienced editor the opportunity to research editorial and publishing practices in the United States. After 16 years with UQP, she went on to teach and lecture on editing, writing and publishing as well as continuing to free-lance edit. Fitzgibbon was a founding member of the Society of Editors (Qld). Authors that she edited for included Peter Carey, Thea Astley, Janette Turner Hospital, Venero Armanno, Marion Halligan and Kate Grenville. Rosanne died on brain cancer in 2011. In 2017, the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) initiated a biennial award ‘The Rosie’ (the Rosanne Fitzgibbon Award for Editorial Excellence).

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Collection contains material documenting Rosanne Fitzgibbons' career as an editor and includes correspondence, reports, drafts, notes, teaching notes, and research material relating to editing and publishing. Fitzgibbon won the inaugural Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship Award in 1992 enabling her to spend two months working in Norton Publishing in New York. As well as freelancing editing before, during and after her years spent working at University of Queensland Press, Fitzgibbon also lectured , presented and ran editing workshops around Australia. She was a founding member of the Society of Editors (Queensland). The Institute of Professional Editors initiated in 2017 the biennial award 'The Rosie' ( (the Rosanne Fitzgibbon Award for Editorial Excellence) in her honor.

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Arrangement has been imposed by the processing archivist, using the original order of the materials whenever possible. Where possible, the collection has been arranged into series according to professional activities.

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Unrestricted access

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  • English

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Some heat sensitive paper

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Related material can be found in the UQFL198 University of Queensland Press Records

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Boxes 1-6

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Created, Linda Justo, 18-Apr-2019




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  • Box: UQFL546 Box 1
  • Box: UQFL546 Box 2
  • Box: UQFL546 Box 3
  • Box: UQFL546 Box 4
  • Box: UQFL546 Box 5
  • Box: UQFL546 Box 6