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Title: The Campbell Howard Collection of Australian Plays
Contributor(s): Richardson, Winifred R (author); Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 1977
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Abstract: During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mr. A.C.M. Howard, the Deputy Director of the University of New England Department then styled 'Adult Education', made a collection of potential research material, some 229 plays which had been written in the period 1920 to 1955. This collection is housed in the Dixson Library of the University. While the plays were generally performed but not published in an accepted format, they remained largely unknown. As he explained in the 'Preface' to the original catalogue, - 'Australian Plays in Manuscript: a check list of the Campbell Howard collection held in the University of New England Library', edited by S.M. Apted and published in 1968, by the University of New England Library, - A.C.M. Howard was concerned to collect "for historians of Australian drama and literature, some of the basic data", explaining that "'An Australian play', for my purpose, meant a play written by someone who by birth or residence was an Australian" (op cit, p. 4). The standard set for inclusion in the collection was that they had been performed by a reputable company and reviewed by a responsible critic, or by an unnamed critic in a reputable journal - in some cases reference being given to a particular review on the copy of the play. Many of the plays were prizewinners in various competitions.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Armidale and District Historical Society Journal and Proceedings (20), p. 106-111
Publisher: Armidale and District Historical Society
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 0084-6732
Field of Research (FOR): 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950503 Understanding Australias Past
950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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