Guide to the Papers of Barry Westburg


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Manuscript Name Papers of Barry Westburg
Manuscript Number MSS 057
Last Updated July 2020
Extent 16 boxes + 2 oversize + 1 AV
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, Friendly Street Poets productions and publications, drafts of literary works, manuscripts, galley proofs and audiovisual material relating to Barry Westburg

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

The papers of Barry Westburg comprise material pertaining to his work as a poet, author and editor. The first 12 boxes contain drafts of Westburg’s poems and literary works, primarily short stories. The following 5 boxes contain material relating to Westburg and Kroll’s co-editing of Tuesday Night Live: Fifteen Years of Friendly Street, including correspondence, entries for inclusion, biographical information for poets, contact details, invoices, notes and interviews

Date Range of Content

1985-2001

Biographical Note

Poet and author Barry Westburg was born in Iowa, USA in 1938 and moved to California at a young age. After completing his PhD at Cornell University, he moved to Australia in 1975 to teach in the English Department at Adelaide University. Westburg has been the Chair of the SA Writers’ Centre, a fiction editor with the South Review, and was a founding member of Friendly Street Poets with 17 years involvement. As well as publishing many works including novels, short stories, poetry and essays, Westburg co-edited No. 13 Friendly St. Poetry Reader (1989) and Tuesday Night Live: Fifteen Years of Friendly Street (1993)

References:
Austlit : Barry Westburg https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A6701 retrieved 22 June 2020

Friendly Street Poets : Barry Westburg http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/poetry/sample-of-poets/westburg/ retrieved 22 June 2020

 

Administrative Information

 

Access and Copying Conditions

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Barry Westburg, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 057, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

Provenance

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Related Material

A videorecording of Barry Westburg reading from his works at ADFA was taken on 4 June 1992 and is held in the Academy Library at PR 9619.3.W41 B37

 

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Bary Westburg, 1938- — Archives

Australian poetry — 20th century

Friendly Street Poets — Archives

Personal Names

Barry Westburg, 1938-

Corporate Names

Friendly Street Poets

Occupations {heading 3}

Poets

Authors

 

Container List

 

Box 1

Folders 1-8

Short stories, prose

 

Box 2

Folder 9

Typewritten poetry

Folder 10

‘Redeemability - the Magic Flute of Childhood, of Death’

Folder 11

‘Goodbar Story’: ‘Lost Exit to Laguna Beach’; ‘Hot Serve’; ‘Bernard ... the Early Days’; ‘The Darkness (in the Black Chasm) is Really Darkness’; ‘I Will Show You a Cave’; ‘The Undertaker’

Folder 12

‘Castle Story’ : ‘Blind Panda Sees Again’; ‘Kraft-Ebing Notes’; ‘Bernard to the Dark Tower Came’

Folder 13

‘In the Razorbacks’, ‘Among My Lavender Ladies’, ‘Salad Rising Green to the memory’, ‘Turn Left at the Next Taco Stand’, ‘The Lifeguard’s Vigilance’, ‘Silver Earrings in Colorado’, ‘Maybe He Should See to the Italian’, ‘Lunching with Skimpole’, ‘A Tartarus of Bachelors and Maids’, ‘Hot Serve’, ‘Southern Comfort,’ ‘Little Mysteries of Our City of Tear Gas’, ‘The Building Inspector’s Visit’, ‘The Bank Manager’s Daughter’, ‘The Lifeguard’s Vigilance’, ‘The Pilot’

Folder 15

‘Blind Panda Eats Again’, ‘Nightmare : in the Razorbacks’, ‘Limerock’, ‘Dreamfeedings’, ‘Moon-Mountains’, ‘Kraft-Ebing Notes : Oscar Thorwaldssen’s Sixty-Sixth’

Folder 16

Correspondence - dated 30 June 1986

‘In the Maize’ - pages 12 - 74

Folder 17

‘Little Mysteries of Our City of Tear Gas’ - pages 78 - 187

 

Box 3

Folder 18

‘Bushwalking’, ‘Dreamfeeding’, ‘Southern Comfort’, ‘His Magic Flute, His Toy Red Wagon’, ‘The Bank Manager’s Daughter’, ‘Little Boy List in the Limestone City of My Heart’, ‘Turn Left at the Next Taco Stand’

Folder 19

‘Dreamfeedings’, ‘Oscar Thorwalrssen’s Sixty Sixth’, ‘The Bank Manager’s Daughter’, ‘The Dummy Hand’, ‘The Rocketman’s Moon’, Mormon Moonlighting’, Jones Buckshot Rafe Comes Close to Murdering My Father-in-Law

Folder 20

‘The Panda Factory Under the Brooklyn Bridge’, ‘The Novelisation of the Poem’, ‘Why Don’t Shadows Have Eyes?’, ‘The Pilots Hospitality’, ‘The Lovely View’ by Prue Hemming, ‘Devotion’, The Reunion’, ‘Return to Eden’, ‘Domestic Deep Freeze’

Folder 21

‘Camel Ride’, ‘Quince’, ‘Meltdown’, ‘Mormonville, S.A. - Easter, 1986’, ‘The Dark, the Gold’, ‘Donors’, ‘Forms of Uncertainty’, ‘Bulletins for the Home Front’, ‘King of the Castle’, ‘Memorabilia’, ‘Part 4 : Heading Back Home’, ‘The Locked Wardrobe’, ‘Just Let Me Tell You’

Folder 22

‘Magic Flute and Toy Red Wagon’, ‘A Night in Arles’, ‘Opera : Scene 1’, ‘The Six Month Special’, ‘The Fur Coat’

Folder 23

Typed version of short stories for book. Table of contents heavily annotated

Folder 24

Short stories for book

Folder 25

Short stories for book

 

Box 4

Folder 26

‘In the Maize’, ‘Razorback’ (2 copies), ‘The Campsite in the Razorbacks’, ‘Peter Peters’ Tall Wife’, ‘Berno Berne’s Wife’ , ‘A Tall Story’ (2 copies), ‘The Salesman Calls’, ‘Wingwalking’ (two copies), ‘The Pilot’, ‘Bernard : the Early Days’, ‘Kraft-Ebing Notes’

Folder 27

‘The Darkness ....’, ‘Conversations with Darko : 1’ (two copies), ‘Kraft-Ebing Notes’, ‘Blind Panda Sees Again’, ‘Hot Serve’, ‘Business Ain’t Been Too Good Lately’, ‘Last Exit to Laguna Beach’, ‘The Undertaker’, ‘Bernard to the Dark Tower Came’, ‘Wingwalking’, ‘The Salesman Calls’, ‘Bernard, the Early Days’, ‘I Play the Dummy Hand ...’, ‘Razorback’

Folder 28

‘Sassafras’, ‘Silver Earrings in Colorado’, ‘Regatta’ (four copies), ‘Royal the Poet and Willie the Baby’ (two copies), ‘Down and Out at Surfers’ Paradise’

Folder 29

‘Anthony and His Mother’ by Andrew Taylor, ‘F-11’ (two copies), ‘Royal the Poet ....’ (two copies, ‘The Boy Detective and the Dr Pepper Caper’ (two copies), ‘Buzzard Swoop’

Folder 30

‘Uncle Moonlight’

Folder 31

‘Uncle Moonlight’

Folder 32

‘Wingwalking’ - original manuscript

Folder 33

‘Wingwalking’ - original manuscript

 

Box 5

Folder 34

Typed drafts of short stories - includes ‘Liberace’, ‘Moonlight Express’, ‘Doreen-by-the-Sea’

Folder 35

Anthologies - correspondence

Folder 36

Drafts of stories arranged for book form

Folder 37

Drafts of stories arranged for book form

Folder 38

‘Bernard to the Dark Tower Came’ (two copies), ‘The Undertaker’, ‘Bernard : the Early Days’, ‘Blind Panda See Again’ (two copies), ‘Last Exit to Laguna Beach’ (two copies), ‘Business Ain’t ......’

Folder 39

Typed drafts of short stories - includes ‘The Day That Kennedy Died’ (three copies)

Folder 40

Typed drafts of short stories - includes ‘The Moonlight Express’, Chapter 1 (two copies) and ‘Two Islands’ (two copies)

Folder 41

Typed drafts : ‘Hot Chocolate in Vermont’; ‘Thousands Flee Gas Leak’ (two copies); ‘A Blast from the Past’; ‘The Moonlight Express’ (two copies); ‘The Undertaker’; ‘The Paris Review Interview’ (two copies); ‘F-11’

 

Box 6

Folder 49

Computer print-out - manuscript leaves

Folder 50

Computer print-out - manuscript leaves

Folder 51

Galley print-out

Folder 52

‘Wingwalking and Other Tales’

Folder 53

F.S. Poetry Anthology, No. 13

 

Box 7

Folder 42

Poetry

Anthology - ‘Wingwalking’

Folder 43

‘Moonlight Express II’

Folder 44

‘Moonlight Express II’

Folder 45

Typed drafts - includes : ‘The Dr Pepper Caper’ (incomplete); ‘The Moonlight Express’; ‘I Poetry, Birdseed ... and Maybe Someday Pasta’’ ‘The Lifeguard’s Vigilance’; ‘Our city of Tear Gas’; ‘Blind Panda Eats Again’; ‘Dreamfeedings’

Folder 46

‘Wild Ducks’ - includes ‘Popeye’

‘Tear Gas’ - chapter 1, and other stories

Folder 47

Typed drafts of stories

Folder 48

Typed drafts of stories

 

Box 8

Folder 54

Computer print-out - manuscript leaves

Folder 55

Computer print-out - manuscript leaves

Folder 56

‘Hot Seal’

Folder 57

Draft changes

 

Box 9

Folder 58

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - manuscript

Folder 59

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - manuscript

Folder 60

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - manuscript

Folder 61

‘Uncle Moonlight’ - manuscript

 

Box 10

Folder 62

Draft of short story ‘Mutant Ninja Time - Sharing Yuppies Down and Out at Surfers’ Paradise’ - 12 typewritten pages

‘The University and its Drozkoon’ - 12 pages, typescript

‘Housebreaking’ - typescript, draft, 15 pages (two drafts)

Writers’ Week, Adelaide Festival, 1992 - details - 5 pages

‘Biological Radio’ by Mike Ladd - radio play : handwritten comments by Barry Westburg, 17 pages

Folder 63

Notes and plans for novel ‘The Progress of Moonlight’

‘Uncle Moonlight’ - handwritten notes

Critique by unknown author, 4 pages

Miscellaneous notes on ‘Moonlighting’

Untitled story

‘The Progress of Moonlight’

‘Sandblasting the Summer’

‘The Origin of the Starbuck Fortunes’

Folder 64

‘VII Folsom Prison Blues’.

‘The Cadillac Convertible’

‘Uncle Moonlight on Ice’

Folder 65

Contributions from Writing Group - includes John Griffith, Mike Ladd, Chris Mooney, Peter McFarlane

Poetry - various authors

‘Allie’ - short story (no author recorded)

‘Conversations with the World’ - radio play by Peter McFarlane

‘The Ring Finger’ - radio play by John Griffin

‘The Short Story Show’ - radio play by Christopher Mooney

Folder 66

Contributions from Writing Group - includes Jeri Kroll, Andrew Taylor, Beate Josephi, Brian Matthews, Prudence Hemming, Peter Goldsworthy

‘Dear Friends, Wherever You Are ....’, short story (no author recorded), nine pages

‘My Name’ by Beate Josephi, four pages

‘The Kiss’, poetry (no author recorded)

‘An Episode of Bodies’ (Brian Matthews?), short story, eight pages

Poetry.

‘Mr Radish’, short story (no author recorded), five pages

Poetry - two poems by Beate Josephi

‘Home Video’ by Jeri Kroll, short story, fifteen pages

‘Casino’, short story (no author recorded), six pages

‘The Sponsor’ by Prudence Hemming, short story, ten pages

Folder 67

Project - working title ‘Territories’ - a collection of short fiction

Project report - two pages - related to grant

‘The Best of Friendly Street’, one page

‘Territorial’ notes, 5 December 1989, seven pages

‘Rider’ - three drafts

‘Housebreaking’, ‘The Breaking’ and ‘And Who Has Been Sleeping in My Bed’ - four versions of same story

Folder 68

Project - working title ‘Territories’ - a collection of short fiction

‘Red Neon Flower’, thirteen pages

‘Frome Follies’, twelve pages

‘Territory’ “Desire” story, twelve pages

‘The Edison of His Own Time’, thirteen pages

‘The Dr Pepper Caper’, thirteen pages

‘Tear Gas’, 43 pages (ten missing)

 

Box 11

Folder 69

‘Rider’, two drafts

‘Down and Out at Surfers’ Paradise’ or ’Mutant Ninja Time-sharing Yuppies Down and Out ...’, three drafts

‘Broken Window Ranch’

‘South Campus’

‘Sallee and I go for Broke’ - a version of ‘Housebreaking’

‘Launch of ‘Progress of Moonlight’ - speech read at Adelaide Festival, March 1990

‘A Small Room in Smyrna’ by John Griffin

Folder 70

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - manuscript

Folder 71

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - manuscript

Folder 72

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - drafts of chapters

 

Box 12

Folder 73

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - galleys, author’s copy

Folder 74

Poetry - ‘Dr Strangelove’s Planet’ and ‘Marmalade Snap’

Partial description of the ‘Territories, the University’, two drafts

‘Broken Window / Sacred / Territory of Past Desire’

’Territory’ “Desire” story, three drafts

‘Deadman Island’, two drafts

‘Catfish’

Folder 75

Circular to English Department, three pages

‘Frome Follies’, eleven drafts

Folder 76

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - manuscript

Folder 77

‘Progress of Moonlight - manuscript

 

Collection updated in June 2013

 

Box 13

Folder 78

Correspondence

Letters, cards, faxes, memos, 17 March 1988 – 15 October 2001

Folder 79

Correspondence

Permissions returned at various times in 1992 to Friendly Street Poets to include original poems in anthology, The Best of Friendly Street, in alphabetical order; names include Bruce Dawe, Colin Thiele, Diane Fahey, S.K. Kelen, Ann Jenkin and many others

Folder 80

Correspondence

Contributors’ biographical information sheets returned at various times in 1992 to Friendly Street concerning anthology, The Best of Friendly Street, in alphabetical order; names include Bruce Dawe, Colin Thiele, Diane Fahey, S.K. Kelen, Ann Jenkin and many others; some information sheets have letters, faxes, lists of publications attached to them

Folder 81

Literary Drafts

‘Best of Friendly Street. Introduction + Original + Notes for Intro-’: contains handwritten notes and jottings; annotated and dated / undated drafts of Preface’, ‘Blazing Evenings at the Fireworks Factory’, ‘‘Friendly Street as Entrepreneur’, ‘Love’s Body’, ‘Mapping the Street’, ‘Table of Friendly Street Poets collections’, ‘Out of the Box (Factory) & Onto the Page: The Friendly Street Readers’, and ‘From Original Article…’

 

Box 14

Folder 82

Literary Drafts

‘BOFS [Best of Friendly Street]. Poems – original copies from anthologies’: contains the following annotated sections:

‘Category: Love’s Body’, ‘Category: Dancing in the Dark’; ‘Sexual Politics’; ‘Category: The Body Politic’; Category: Mapping the Landscape’; ‘Category: Nature as Emblem’; ‘Category: Almost Animate’; ‘Category: Urban Voices’; ‘Category: Passages’; ‘Category: Generations 1’; ‘Category: Generations 2 / Touching the Past’; Category: The Mortal Fight’; ‘Category: Metapoetics’

Folder 83

Literary Drafts

‘Best of F.S. Final ver. 2-10-92’: contains the following annotated, dated /undated sections:

‘Tuesday Night Live’; ‘Sexual Politics’; Illingham Printers galley proofs, 17 December, 1992, for ‘Tuesday Night Live; ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History’; ‘Introduction: Blazing Nights at the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History: Blazing Nights at the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Biographical Notes’; ‘Acknowledgements’; ‘Contributors’ Notes’

Folder 84

Literary Drafts

‘Friendly Street: Preface, Intro Final’: contains the following annotated, dated /undated sections:

Untitled handwritten and typed notes; ‘Towards 2000’; ‘Acknowledgements’; ‘Biographical Notes’; ‘Contributors’ Notes & Acknowledgments’; ‘Acknowledgements’; ‘Acknowledgments’; ‘Contributors’ Notes & Acknowledgments’; ‘Introduction: Blazing Nights at the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Tuesday Night Live’; ‘Tuesday Night Live Cover Ideas’; ‘A History in Progress’; ‘Tuesday Night Live: The Voices of Friendly Street’; Tuesday Night Live: Fifteen Years of Friendly Street’; ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History Blazing Nights the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History: Blazing Nights the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Friendly Street: A History in Progress’; ‘The Best of Friendly Street’; ‘Addition to Friendly Street: A Brief History: Blazing Nights the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Categories’; ‘Mapping the Street’

 

Box 15

Folder 85

Literary Drafts

‘Best of F.S. Preface’: contains the following annotated, dated /undated sections:

‘Preface’; ‘The Best of Friendly Street’; ‘About This Anthology’; ‘Blazing Nights at the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Blazing Evenings at the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Love’s Body’; ‘Friendly Street: The Entrepreneur’; ‘Friendly Street: An Introduction’; ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History: Blazing Nights the Fireworks Factory’; ‘Mapping the Street’; ‘Out of the Box (Factory) & Onto the Page: The Friendly Street Readers’; untitled paper on South Australia

Folder 86

Literary Drafts

‘BOFS [Best of Friendly Street] Poems. Bany’s Copy for few to Proofread’: contains poems throughout with a few annotations and handwritten notes

Folder 87

Literary Drafts

‘BOFS [Best of Friendly Street] Breakdown of Poems from Readers’: contains handwritten notes and dated to June 1991;

‘Best of Friendly Street. Categories: Poems’: contains handwritten notes, jottings, and annotated, dated and undated sections: ‘Generations 1’; ‘Category: Lust and Love’; ‘Category: God, the Universe, and Everything’; ‘Categories’;

‘F.S. [Friendly Street] Intros – Copies’: contains annotated photocopies of prefaces/introductions to various Friendly Street Poetry Readers;

‘BOFS [Best of Friendly Street] 10/2/92 Final’: contains ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History: Blazing Nights at the Fireworks Factory’; and handwritten notes, jottings

Folder 88

Literary Drafts

‘B.O.F.S. [Best of Friendly Street]: contains annotations to dated and undated sections:

‘The Best of Friendly Street’; ‘Biographical Notes’; ‘Acknowledgments’; ‘Contributors’ Notes & Acknowledgments’; ‘Tuesday Night Live’; ‘Tuesday Night Live Cover Ideas’; ‘Tuesday Night Live: The Voices of Friendly Street’

 

Box 16

Folder 89

Literary Drafts

‘Best of Friendly Street: Introductions from Readers’: contains annotated handwritten and photocopied material, mainly Friendly Street Poetry Readers;

‘Deleted or finished’: contains 1 page of handwritten notes, jottings, and a collection of poems that have been deleted;

‘Best of BOFS’ [Best of Friendly Street] Rejects’: contains annotations to photocopies of poems;

‘Final Tuesday Night Live February 1993’: contains Focus ’78 Adelaide Festival of Arts fax; ‘Editor’s Acknowledgments’; ‘Contributors’ Notes & Acknowledgments’; ‘Friendly Street: A Brief History: Blazing Nights at the Fireworks Factory’;

‘Best of Friendly Street’: contains 2 letters dated 22 July 1990; committee meeting agendas; festival awards materials

Folder 90

Literary Drafts

‘Friendly Street Tuesday Night Live. Interviews-Notes 1) John Barry 2) Andrew Taylor + Beate Josephi’: contains ‘Interview with Andrew Taylor/Beate Josephi Friendly Street, 11/7/91 Interviewers: Barry Westburg/Jeri Kroll’;

[Untitled folder]: contains correspondence for 17 March 1988 - 23 June 1992; and annotations to the following sections:

‘Friendly Street Poets Constitution’; ‘Friendly Street: An Introduction’; ‘Interview with Andrew Taylor/Beate Josephi Friendly Street, 11/7/91 Interviewers: Barry Westburg/Jeri Kroll’; untitled anecdotal paper; ‘John Bray Interview by Beate Josephi on Friendly Street’; ‘Friendly Street Committee’; ‘Draft: The Future of Friendly Street Publishing’; handwritten notes and photocopied 1980s material;

‘Friendly Street: 1992. Contributors’: contains correspondence, 23 July-4October, 1992; ‘Contributors’ Notes & Acknowledgments’; ‘Biographical Notes’; ‘Index’; ‘Table of Friendly Street Poets collections’; print-outs of spreadsheet with poets names, contact details; ‘Contributors to Friendly Street Reader Nos, 1-14’; ‘Biographical Notes’; handwritten notes, jottings

Folder 91

Miscellaneous

‘Tuesday Night Live: Contributors eliminated’;

Jeri Kroll, ‘South Australia: The Literary Climate, 1978-1983, 13 pages;

Spreadsheet print-outs with poets, poem titles, contact details;

Invitation to ‘Tuesday Night Live’ launch, Adelaide, at the Box Factory;

‘No. 8 Friendly St. Poetry Reader’, Unley, South Australia;

Receipts, sales dockets, for items, services purchased

 

Cool Room

Box 17

1 b/w photograph, depicting a meeting, undated; Les Murray the poet is identified;

Audio-cassette: ‘Friendly Street – Radio 5UV 1/7/91 and John Barry’;

Audio-cassette: ‘Interview (Kroll, Westburg) with Josephi and Taylor (On F.S.)’;

4 WS2000 disks: ‘Tuesday Night Live (or BOFS – Best of Friendly Street) working title. All Poems in original version. Drafts of Preface, Intro, Index, Cover Ideas’;

Floppy disk: ‘Best of FS Acknowledgements’;

Floppy disk: ‘Best of Friendly Street Word for Windows Barry Westburg’

 

Folios

Folio 1

Layouts - short stories and prose

Folio 2

‘Progress of Moonlight’ - galley proofs, author’s copy

 

Note: that the material below was not found in the Cool Room when this Finding Aid was being updated and completed

 

Audiovisual

Box 1

Eight Floppy Disks :

Word stories (four); ‘Moonlight’, part 1; ‘Moonlight’, part 2;

Progress of ‘Moonlight’, 6 August 1989; Word novel 01