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Collection Summary

Creator: Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962
Title: Papers of Frank Hurley
Date Range: 1912-1963
Collection number:MS 883
Extent: 112 cm (8 boxes) + 5 folio boxes



Scope and Content

The papers include diaries kept on Antarctic expeditions, New Guinea expeditions, during World War I and II, and during an Australian tour; typescripts of publications, radio talks and film script; personal papers; and newspaper cuttings covering his expeditions and career. There is also an account by Ross Macpherson Smith of his 1919 flight.


The collection is available for reference.


The papers were presented to the Library by Mrs Hurley in 1963 together with several thousand photographs. Items 72-82 of MS 883 are papers originally located in the Pictures and Map collections and relocated in Manuscripts in 1974-2002.

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Related Material

The diaries of Frank Hurley (series 1 items 2-4 and series 1 item 17) are available on microfilm at mfm G 10285. Further diaries of Frank Hurley (1912-1918) are held by the Mitchell Library.

A substantial collection of photographs by Hurley are held in the Pictures Branch of the Library and are accessible on the Pictures Australia database.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Frank Hurley, National Library of Australia, MS 883, [series and/or item number]'.


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