ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection 

HMSS 0004 Keith Richards Papers

Scope and Contents Note

Call Number HMSS 0004
Collection Keith Richards Papers
Date Range 1970-1975
Quantity 0.98m (7 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions open
Copying Conditions not stated
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Keith Richards worked as Senior Radio Producer, Audio Arts, for the ABC in Canberra (2CN) from 1970 to 1978. During that time he was involved with programmes such as “Spotlight” (local), “Scope” (a national programme operating from Sydney), “Cinema in Canberra”, “Fact and Opinion”, “Capital Time” and “Contact”.

After leaving Canberra, Richards continued radio work in Brisbane, then Adelaide, before retiring to Gatton, Queensland, in 1993.

This group of files was presented to the ACT Library Service in about 1978, when Richards moved to Brisbane. They deal predominantly with “Spotlight”, which reviewed the arts in Canberra in its numerous manifestations including fine arts, dance, drama, film, literature and music. As well as correspondence and memoranda, there are scripts and engagement forms for this programme.

A separate group of papers compiled by Richards was acquired by the National Library of Australia in 1990. Located at NLA MS 8118, they comprise unpublished manuscripts of radio plays by various authors which are referred to in Richards’ publication Writing radio drama. When writing this book, Richards was conscious of the difficulty of public access to radio drama scripts. He decided to lodge copies of sample scripts in state and university libraries, as well as the National Library.

Box List

Box No. Series No. File No. Description Date Range
1 1 1-2

Spotlight

Art

1972
1 1 3

Spotlight

Dance

1972
1 1 4

Spotlight

Drama

1972
1 1 5

Spotlight

Films

1972
1 1 6

Spotlight

General

1972
1 1 7

Spotlight

Literature

1972
1 1 8

Spotlight

Music

1972
1 1 9

Spotlight

Musical shows

1971-1972
2 1 10-11

Spotlight

Arts

1973
2 1 12

Spotlight

Dance

1973
2 1 13-14

Spotlight

Drama

1973
2 1 15

Spotlight

Films

1973
2 1 16

Spotlight

Literature

1973
2 1 17-19

Spotlight

Music

1973
3 1 20-21

Spotlight

Musical shows

1973
3 1 22

Spotlight

General

1973
3 1 23-28

Spotlight

Scripts

1972-1973
4 1 29-32

Spotlight

Scripts

1973
4 1 33-37

Spotlight

Engagement forms

1974
5 1 38-39

Spotlight

Engagement forms

1974-1975
6 2 46-47

Scope

Files

1970-1973
6 3 48-51

Cinema in Canberra

File

1973
6 4 52

Other Programs and Subject Files

Conservation seminar

1970
6 4 53

Other Programs and Subject Files

Fact and Opinion – General
1970
6 4 54

Other Programs and Subject Files

Graduates for what – Conference
1972
7 4 55

Other Programs and Subject Files

Tertiary Education Seminar
1972
7 4 56-57

Other Programs and Subject Files

Anzac Day (Dawn Service and March)
1971–1974
7 4 58

Other Programs and Subject Files

RAAF Jubilee
1971
7 4 58

Other Programs and Subject Files

Parliamentary luncheon – President Suharto
1972
7 4 58

Other Programs and Subject Files

Capital Time: pilot programme

1971
7 4 59

Other Programs and Subject Files

Contact
1971
7 4 59

Other Programs and Subject Files

Radio Australia

1970-1972
7 4 59

Other Programs and Subject Files

ANU film projects: Always on Sunday

1970