MS 7426
Papers of A. T. Bolton (d. 1996)



Scope and Content Note

  • Papers
  • 1971-1997
  • 1.82m (13 boxes) + 2 folios
  • Partly restricted (Box 6 Folder 2)

The papers relate to Alec Bolton's private press, the Brindabella Press, also known as Officina Brindabella.

Boxes 1-3, 5 and 2 folio items: These papers are arranged by the publication projects of the press which include the work of the following: James McAuley, Barbara Hanrahan, R.F. Brissenden, Rosemary Dobson, Francis Webb, Douglas Stewart, Margaret Cohen, Christina Stead, Dorothy Auchterlonie (Green), David Campbell, Manning Clark, Harold Stewart, Philip Mead, J.R. Rowland, A.D. Hope, Philip Hodgins and Robin Wallace-Crabbe.

Box 4 consists of general correspondence (chronologically arranged) with distributors, printing suppliers, Australian authors and poets and other owners of private presses.

Four additions were received in September 1995, May 1997, February 1998 and April 1999. The addition of 25 February 1998 contains project files from the 1980's until 1996, and business files for the period 1981-97. A further addition of 20 April 1999 consists of financial records and two series of mailing lists.


Biographical Note

Alec Bolton worked as an editor on the Australian Encyclopaedia during the 1950s. He also worked for Ure Smith and Angus and Robertson. For a period until 1971 he was Angus and Robertson's London editor. From 1971-1987 he was Director of Publications at the National Library and also ran his private press, the Brindabella Press, now Officina Brindabella. In the 1977-1978 Book Design Awards the Press was given the Award for the best designed book of fiction, poetry or belles letters for Time given: poems 1970-1976 by James McAuley. Bolton was married to the poet Rosemary Dobson. He died in 1996.


Collection Description

Box 1
Folder 1 Time Given Poems 1970-76 by James McAuley
Folders 2-4 Some Poems of Shaw Neilson Selected and with wood engravings by Barbara Hanrahan
Folders 5-6 Elegies R.F. Brissenden (See also Folio 2)
Folder 7 Three Poems on Water-Springs Rosemary Dobson (1973) (signed)
Knossos Rosemary Dobson (1971) (signed)
Folder 8 Five days old Francis Webb
Brindabella Douglas Stewart with drawing by M. Cohen

Box 2
Folder 9 The Palace with Several Sides Christina Stead (1986)
Folders 10-11 Something to Someone Dorothy Auchterlonie (Green) (1983)
Folder 12 Starting from Central Station A sequence of poems by David Campbell (1973)
Folders 13-14 The Continuance of Poetry Twelve poems for David Campbell, Rosemary Dobson (1980) (proofs in folio run)
Folder 15 Times and Places J.R. Rowland (1975) (proofs in folio run)

Box 3
Folders 16-17 The Exiled Immortal Harold Stewart (1980) (proofs in folio run)
Folders 18-19 The Drifting Continent A.D. Hope (1979) (proofs in folio run)
Folder 20 Greek Coins Rosemary Dobson (1977)
Folder 21 David Campbell, 1915-1979: words spoken at his funeral by Manning Clark Manning Clark (1979)
Folders 22-23 The Spring-Mire Philip Mead (1982)

Box 4
Folders 24-25 Brindabella Press: papers, including correspondence (early 1970s)
Folders 26-28 Brindabella Press: miscellaneous correspondence (late 1970s)
Folders 29-30 Brindabella Press: miscellaneous correspondence (early 1980s)

Addition 12 September 1995

Box 5
Folder 31 The End of the Season proofs Philip Hodgins (1993)
Folder 32 Philip Hodgins, correspondence 1990-94
Folder 33 Iris in Her Garden proofs Barbara Hanrahan (1991)
Folder 34 Iris in Her Garden proofs and galleys Barbara Hanrahan (1991)
Folder 35 Barbara Hanrahan, correspondence and other papers relating to Twelve Linocuts and Iris in Her Garden, 1988-90
Folder 36 Barbara Hanrahan, correspondence and other papers relating to Twelve Linocuts and Iris in Her Garden, 1990-94

Addition 26 May 1997

Folder 37

Ten black and white photographs of the Brindabella Press, commissioned by the Manuscript Section as an example of a fine printing press

Folio Items
Folio 1 Proofs of:
Times and Places
The Continuance of Poetry
The Exiled Immortal
The Spring-Mire
The Drifting Continent
Folio 2 Drawings by Robin Wallace-Crabbe for Elegies R.F. Brissenden (1974)

Addition 25 February 1998

Project Files
Folder 1

Correspondence for project proposal ‘Narcissus at Nowra’, 1980-87. Correspondents include Peter Porter, Arthur Boyd and A.D. Hope

Folder 2

Correspondence for project proposal, ‘Heemskerck Shoals’, 1984-88. Correspondents include Geoffrey Farmer, Geoffrey Ingleton and R.D. FitzGerald

RESTRICTED

Folder 3

Correspondence with Barbara Hanrahan for various projects, 1984-91

Folder 4

Correspondence with Jo Steele, mainly concerning sales of Barbara Hanrahan’s portfolio

1987

Folder 5

Correspondence for Occasions of birds by Elizabeth Riddell (published May 1987), and with the illustrator Anne Wienholt, 1984-91

Folder 6

Correspondence for Rainforest by Judith Wright (published June 1987), and with the illustrator Rosalind Atkins, 1986-88

Folder 7

Correspondence for Smiling in English, smoking in French by Geoff Page (published December 1987), 1986-88. Includes proof copies

1988

Folder 8

Correspondence for Percival Serle, 1871 – 1951 by Geoffrey Serle (published 1988), 1986-93

Folder 9

Typescript of Percival Serle, 1871 – 1951, with A.T. Bolton’s corrections

Folders 10-11

Proof copies of Percival Serle, 1871 – 1951

1989

Folder 12

Correspondence for The idyll wheel by Les Murray, 1986-87

Folder 13

Correspondence and proofs for The idyll wheel by Les Murray, 1988

Folder 14

Correspondence for The idyll wheel by Les Murray, 1989-94

1990

Folder 15

Correspondence for Kenneth Slessor’s Sea poems, 1989-92

Folder 16

Proof copies and notes for Kenneth Slessor’s Sea poems

Folder 17

Illustrations for Kenneth Slessor’s Sea poems

1992

Folder 18

Correspondence and notes for Untold lives by Rosemary Dobson, including correspondence with the illustrator, Mike Hudson, 1991-92

Folder 19

Drafts and galley proofs for Untold lives by Rosemary Dobson

1993

Folder 20

Correspondence and proofs for The end of the season by Philip Hodgins, 1992-94

1994

Folder 21

Correspondence for The sleepout by Les Murray, and with the illustrator Rosalind Atkins, 1993-94 (published as a Brindabella Broadside, April 1994). Includes material for The idyll wheel

Folder 22

Correspondence for Granite country by John Rowland, 1993-94 (published November 1994)

Folder 23

Manuscript of Granite country by John Rowland

1995

Folder 24

Correspondence for Wood engravings by Helen Ogilvie, 1992-93. Includes the transcript of an interview with Helen Ogilvie

Folder 25

Correspondence for Wood engravings by Helen Ogilvie, 1992-95

Folder 26

Orders and personal correspondence for Wood engravings by Helen Ogilvie, 1992-95

Folder 27

Correspondence for The prisoners by Nan McDonald, 1995. Correspondents include Judith Wright (published October 1995)

1996

Folder 28

Correspondence for A torrent of words, Leon Gellert: a writer’s life by Gavin Souter, 1994-96

Folder 29

Manuscript copy of A torrent of words, Leon Gellert: a writer’s life

Folder 30

Illustrations for A torrent of words, Leon Gellert: a writer’s life

Folder 31

Orders, including personal correspondence for A torrent of words, Leon Gellert: a writer’s life

Folder 32

Correspondence and notes for project proposal, ‘Australia suite’ by Lynn Hard, 1995-96 (not published) (See also Addition 16 July 1999)

Folder 33

Correspondence for project proposal, ‘Four tales’ by David Malouf, 1986-96. Includes proof copies (not published)

Folder 34

Correspondence for project proposal, ‘Terang revisited’ by Rosalind Atkins, 1992-96 (not published)

Business Files

Folder 35

Correspondence with authors, printers and friends, 1984-96. Authors include Robert Gray, Gwen Harwood, Barrie Reid and Richard Tipping

Folder 36

Correspondence with authors, printers and friends, 1985-96. Includes papers on the registration of the business name, Brindabella Press, in 1993

Folder 37

Correspondence with printers, bookbinders and some general correspondence, 1983-96. Includes papers on the registration of the business name, Officina Brindabella, 1985

Folder 38

Correspondence re printing, paper and related matters, 1989-96

Folder 39

Correspondence re printing, paper and bookbinding for the press, 1993-96

Folder 40

Correspondence with Gerald Fischer of Pump Press, 1981-94

Folder 41

Correspondence with Bob Summers of Escutcheon Press, 1989-97

Folder 42

Advertisements for Brindabella Letterpress Editions

Folders 43-44

Brochures for publications of Brindabella Press (Officina Brindabella)

Folder 45

Receipts and costings for Brindabella Press, 1985-96


Addition 20 April 1999

Mailing lists:

Two series of card indexes, one in two card index boxes (A-L, M-Z) to 1992; the second covering the period c.1981-92

Financial records

These records contain 24 invoice books and 3 books of expenditure and receipts. The invoice books are arranged in three sequences. The first four books are arranged by date, from August 1984 to July 1987. From July 1987 the invoice books were classified alphabetically, A – N (excluding I). From April 1994 the books were classified according to a numerical system, 1401 – 1901. There is also one small book with ‘special’ sales.

In addition there are 3 books detailing expenditure and receipts for the Press, covering the years July 1984-88; July 1988-94 and July 1994-April 1997.


Addition 16 July 1999

Folder 46 Disclaimer and related papers regarding Lynn Hard's claim that Australia Suite was the last publication of the Brindabella Press.


BOX LIST

Addition Folder Box
Original consignment 1-8 1
9-15 2
16-23 3
24-30 4
Folio 1 Folio box 1
Folio 2 TW map cabinet/40
12-9-1995 31-36 5
26-5-1997 37 5
25-2-1998 1-8 6
9-15 7
16-23 8
24-30 9
31-37 10
38-45 11
16-7-1999 46 11
20-4-1999 12-13

Guide compiled September 1995. Last updated August 1999