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McCormack, Jean Agnes

Collection | Ref # ARC-0482 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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McCormack, Jean Agnes


McCormack, Jean Agnes, 1925-

Level of description:



0.33 linear metres

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Jean McCormack was born at Birkenhead, Auckland, in 1925 and educated at Takapuna Grammar School. She met Hone Tuwhare while working as an assistant at Progressive Books in Auckland and the couple were married in 1949. They later lived in Wellington and Mangakino, Tuwhare gradually emerging as a leading New Zealand poet. Their eldest son, Rewi, was born in 1952, and twins Robert and Andrew were born in 1954.
McCormack and Tuwhare separated in the early 1970s and McCormack subsequently worked as a school teacher. She is now retired and lives in North Shore City.

Scope and contents:

This collection includes McCormack's unpublished memoirs and family history, letters and poems from Hone Tuwhare, clippings, photographs and other papers relating to Tuwhare, and some papers (including correspondence and poetry) relating to James K. Baxter and other writers. Also included are two artworks by D. M. McCormack, the father of Jean McCormack.

Dates covered:

1847 - 2006

Access conditions:

Partial restriction: Access to some items requires the written permission of Jean McCormack and any living correspondents. After McCormack's death access to these items will require the permission of the Hocken Librarian for a further 15 years.

Finding aids:

Listed on ‘Hakena’ the Hocken Collections online archives and manuscripts catalogue

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Auckland · Dunedin · Takapuna · Wellington

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Poetry · Authors · New Zealand literature - 20th Century · Poets, New Zealand · Mangakino

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