ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0049 Barbara Ross Papers

Scope and Content Notes

Call Number HMSS 0049
Collection Barbara Ross Papers
Date Range 1970s-1980s
Quantity 1.53m  (9 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions Boxes 1-8 reference only.  Box 9 CLOSED
File Number -
Related Collections -

Barbara Ross has collected material concerning calligraphy and the history of handwriting, as well as articles on Women’s history and copies of her lectures, talks and published articles.

Box No. Series No. File No. Description Date Range
1 1 1

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Cards of Medieval and Late Manuscripts, Showing Initials, Styles of Handwriting, Illumination and Decoration 

Religious mss: bibles, psalters, theological commentaries 7th century+


1 1 2

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Cards of Medieval and Late Manuscripts, Showing Initials, Styles of Handwriting, Illumination and Decoration

Secular mss: romances, histories, medical


1 1 3

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Cards of Medieval and Late Manuscripts, Showing Initials, Styles of Handwriting, Illumination and Decoration

Books of Hours – Christmas narrative, i.e. Annunciation, Visitation, Shepherds, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Flight into Egypt 


1 1 4

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Cards of Medieval and Late Manuscripts, Showing Initials, Styles of Handwriting, Illumination and Decoration

Books of Hours: material other than the Christmas narrative – borders, calendars, personages such as individual saints 


1 1 5

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Cards of Medieval and Late Manuscripts, Showing Initials, Styles of Handwriting, Illumination and Decoration

Contemporary use of calligraphy in modern cards 


2 2 1

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip, 320 taken from “The Benedictine and the Book”, a Bodleian Library, Oxford, Exhibition – catalogue of exhibition 


2 2 2

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip 211H – Important Early Texts A Miscellany from Bede’s Copy of Acts to a Wycliffe Bible 


2 2 3

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip 117 Italian Mss (including 2 Benevantan examples from Dalmatia up to AD 1300 


2 2 4

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip 138B 10th century insular script and caroline miniscule 


2 2 5

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip 170E Gothic Script 1300 – 15th century 


2 2 6

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Items selected to illustrate my Early Modern Scripts lecture 


2 2 7

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Items selected for Archive hands + document types 


2 2 8

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip 144 (27 frames) Italian Mss and Humanistic script 


2 2 9

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Bodleian Library Film Strip 161D, Life of St. Anne 


2 2 10

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Slides of Medieval Manuscripts and Styles of Handwriting

Miscellaneous unidentified slides mainly illuminations to be found in mss in Australia 


3 3 1

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Correspondence

Correspondence with Jenny Hood, Illuminator, Adelaide


3 3 2

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Correspondence

Correspondence with calligraphers Gemma Black, Peter Moran (both Canberra) and Ethna Gallagher (Sydney) 


3 3 3

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Correspondence

Correspondence with Donald Jackson, illuminator and calligrapher U.K. and Professor Margaret Marion, Fine Arts, Melbourne. 


3 3 4

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Correspondence

Correspondence with NZ calligrapher Colleen O’Connor, re “Song of the Wheat” (A. B. Patterson) and its calligrapher Gordon Nicol. 


3 3 5

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Correspondence

Correspondence with Margaret Davies, Bodleian Library, Oxford, re proposed calligraphy exhibition and representations of St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read (1996) 


3 4 6

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Material re an exhibition curated by B. Ross, “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Australian collections’ held at the National Library 

Mar 1985 – Feb 1986

3 4 7

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Sets of different kinds of alphabets. 


3 4 8

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Publishers’ flyers etc, re books about calligraphy 


3 4 9

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Copies of articles about calligraphy (mainly in U.S.) from the Guild of Book Workers Journal, 

1976+

3 4 10

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Copy of article re early women calligraphers. 


3 4

11

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Investigations into the 1927 Opening of Parliament Scroll and Maude Henderson Fitzpatrick. 


3 4 12

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Australian illuminated addresses – articles and preliminary research on holding. 


3 4 13

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

B. Ross’s work on the Guide to illuminated addresses in the National Library. 


3 4 14

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Illuminated addresses – investigations into Australian addresses held at Windsor Castle, i.e. those presented to the Royal Family when visiting Australia. 


3 4 15

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Re the stationer’s firm John Sands who produced many Australian illuminated addresses 


3 4 16

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

B. Ross’s talk on illuminated addresses. 


3 4 17

Calligraphy and History of Handwriting - Miscellaneous

Calendars of Medieval Manuscripts and Women and miscellaneous cuttings re mss, and facsimile reproductions, Seals in the middle ages. 


4 5 1

Women's History - Correspondence

With Wendy Hucker re (a) Women’s History, (b) The Pioneer Women’s Hut Glenroy, Tumbarumba 


4 6 2

Women's History - Exhibitions

Copy of “The D’Oyley Show: an exhibition of Women’s domestic Fancy Work” 1979 and also extract from “Feminism and Art History: questioning The Litany”, of “Quilts the Great American Art” by Patricia Mainardi. 


4 7 3

Women's History - ANU Women's History Groups

Seminars and papers: correspondence with Dr. Suzanne Dixon, founder of group, 1981+. 

1982 –1987

4 7 4

Women's History - ANU Women's History Groups

Women in pre-industrial society, Forum. 

Nov 1982

4 7 5

Women's History - ANU Women's History Groups

Marriage in History Colloquium.

02 Jul 1983

4 7 6

Women's History - ANU Women's History Groups

Inheritance in History Symposium. 

June 1984

4 8 7

Women's History - Other

Other Women’s History, Feminism Conferences in Canberra in the 1980s. 


5,6,7 9 1

Lectures, Talks and Published Articles by B. RossB.

Ross’s talks on Medieval Women, Women in Dante, and 13th Century Attitudes to Women; also a bibliography of Women’s History.


5,6,7 9 2

Lectures, Talks and Published Articles by B. Ross

Talk given to an Inter-Church group at Bowen, N. Queensland, on representations of Women’s History in Canberra. 


5,6,7 9 3

Lectures, Talks and Published Articles by B. Ross

Articles and talks on Dorothy Cottrell, Australian Woman Writer 

1902 – 1957

5,6,7 9 4

Lectures, Talks and Published Articles by B. Ross

Lectures given on palaeography, handwriting and deciphering old documents to ANU students with associated research and teaching documents. 


8 10

Ephemera

Newspaper clippings, Pamphlets, Brochures on Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11 and the crown jewels plus Recipe Books 


9

Records and Reports - Closed

Records of a women's refuge. 

Daily reports and day books of Managers, Homekeeper and co-ordinator 

1984 – 1985