Guide to the Papers of Albert Moran [MSS 329]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Albert Moran
Manuscript Number MSS 329
Last Updated April 2022
Extent 5 boxes + 2 AV boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Research material gathered by author Albert Moran relating to the Australian and international publishing industry

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

The papers of Albert Moran contain research materials on the Australian and international publishing/book industry related to his published works on the subject. These materials comprise book chapters, articles in newspapers, magazines and journals, privately or university commissioned reports or studies, and excerpts from various Commissions of Inquiry into the industry. Audiovisual material includes interviews with publishers, literary editors and writers recorded on audiocassettes

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Academic, film critic, and author Albert Moran was born in Dublin in 1942. Moran has published several works on the film and publishing industries in Australia, including Inside Publishing : The Environments of the Publishing House (1990). He has been a professor in screen studies in the School of Humanities at Griffith University, and his works have been used in units of study at that university as well as several others. He is credited with helping pioneer the critical analysis of Australian film and television history, and established the field of global television format studies

Austlit : Albert Moran retrieved 18 September 2020

Libraries Australia Name Authority Record : 36161523 retrieved 18 September 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Albert Moran, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 329, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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The boxes contain briefly annotated copies of journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, monographs and book chapters. This collection also consists of newspaper articles (Australian and overseas) from the 1980s with some annotation or creator’s markings on them. Correspondence is minimal and where it does exist it has been put at the front of the relevant folder. Many folders contain materials that are not found elsewhere and these consist principally of photocopied sections of Commissions of Inquiry into the publishing industry, local government reports into libraries, publishers, and books, publishing, library and book statistics, book or publishing industry-related economic policy papers, and privately and university commissioned reports or papers. Moran’s own file numbering system (where it exists) is listed at the beginning of the folder description

Related Material

Further material relating to Albert Moran is held in the AFI Research Collection at RMIT University in the Albert Moran Material Collection


Subject Keywords



Albert Moran, 1942- — Archives

Publishers and publishing — 20th century

Publishing industry — Australia — 20th century

Personal Names

Albert Moran, 1942-





Container List


Box 1

Research materials

Folder 1

Book project

‘1/19 Book project: international publishing’

Folder 2

‘4/19 Book project: authors’

Folder 3

‘7/19 Book project: publishers’

‘9/19 Book project: publicity and promotion’

Folder 4

‘10/19 Book project: distribution / wholesaler’

‘12/19 Book project: education market’

‘13/19 Book project: libraries’


Box 2

Research materials

Folder 5

Book project

‘14/19 Book project: bookshops’

Folder 6

‘15/19 Book project: reading and readers’

‘17/19 Book project: case studies’

‘18/19 Book project: the state’

Folder 7

Publishing and publishers

Uni Press

Gordon & Gotch


Mills & Boon

Lonely Planet

Small Presses

Mary Martins and A+R [Angus & Robertson]

Folder 8

‘1/19 International publishing’



Box 3

Research materials

Folder 9

Australian booksellers and publishers

The publishing industry IAC report

Folder 10

‘5/19 APBA’ [Australian Book Publishers Association]

Foreign ownership

Folder 11


Book business

Folder 12

Book editors

Book prices


Box 4

Research materials

Folder 13


Inter library directory



Folder 14



‘9i/19 Reviewing’

Folder 15


Harrap report

Tariff Board reports

Folder 16



Literature Board

Tariff Board reports

Winchester thesis [Lorraine Winchester, ‘Popular Reading Practices in New South Wales, 1900-1930’, Honours thesis, University of New South Wales, 1986]



Box 5

Research materials

Folder 17


Children’s literature

Communications history material

Folder 18

Nation Wide [collection of 1980s newspaper review articles]

Folder 19

Images of audiences [collection of 1980s newspaper review articles]


Audiovisual Material

Box 6

Audio-cassette tapes –A-K; also contains ‘Inventory of audio tapes interviews with authors, publishers, literary editors etc.’, with number of tapes (151 in total) and identification by subject, not number

Box 7

Audio-cassette tapes –L-Z