Guide to the Papers of John Mill Couper [MSS 045]

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Manuscript Name Papers of John Mill Couper
Manuscript Number MSS 045
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 2 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra

Correspondence, lecture notes, manuscripts and a notebook

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to John Mill Couper and contains correspondence, lecture notes on English literature and poetry, original manuscripts and a notebook

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note 

Couper wrote in a range of genres and was an editor of Poetry Magazine from 1965-1968.

Reference: Austlit -


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of John Mill Couper, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 045, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


The collection was acquired by the Academy Library in 1987

Additional Information

Related Material

Further papers of John Mill Couper are held by the State Library of New South Wales at MLLSS 1807


Subject Keywords 


Authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives

Poets, Australian - 20th century - Archives

English literature

Personal Names

John Mill Couper, 1914-2003




Container List 

Box 1

Correspondence and lecture notes

Folder 1 

Letter to Lynn Hard, ADFA Special Collections Librarian (March 1987)

Lecture notes

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1981-1986

Folder 3

Correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1962-1981

Folder 4

Lecture notes on Victorian fiction

Folder 5

Lecture notes on Jane Austen and 17th century literature

Folder 6

Lecture notes on Shakespeare and John Milton

Folder 7

Lecture notes on romantic poetry and Alfred Tennyson

Folder 8

Material on modern poetry and George Bernard Shaw


Box 2

Notebook and manuscripts

Folder 9

Leather bound notebook

Folder 10

Typewritten manuscript - The Historical Background of the Raider Ballads of Liddesdale, by J.M. Couper

Folder 11

Typewritten manuscript - The Indispensable Reefs, by J.M. Couper