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FAIRBURN, A.R.D. (Arthur Rex Dugard), 1904-1957

Collection | Ref # MSS & Archives A-11 MSS & Archives A-123 MSS & Archives A-125 MSS & Archives A-167 | Held by The University of Auckland Library (Special Collections)

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FAIRBURN, A.R.D. (Arthur Rex Dugard), 1904-1957


FAIRBURN, A.R.D. (Arthur Rex Dugard), 1904-1957

Level of description:



c 1.5m

Reference number:

MSS & Archives A-11 MSS & Archives A-123 MSS & Archives A-125 MSS & Archives A-167

Former NRAM reference number:



A.R.D. Fairburn was a poet, social commentator and lecturer in Art History at Auckland University College, 1951-1957.

Location Number MSS & Archives A-11 Papers [c3 feet]
Correspondence, scrapbooks, lecture notes, addresses, articles, photographs, programmes, typographical specimens, newspaper clippings, non-commercial phonograph recordings and audio tapes of radio talks.
The Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, has photocopies of a number of Fairburn letters.

Location Number MSS & Archives A-123 Letters 1932-41 [3 items]
7 letters written, 1932-1941, to Charles Lahr, London.
Two letters, 1932, were written in England and give Fairburn's reasons for returning to New Zealand, opinions on literary interests and mutual friends, notably De Montalk.
The 1941 letter written from New Zealand re-established contact, recommends Denis Glover's printing, and refers to the Dominion.
Signed holograph, with envelope. 6 January 1933.
Holograph. 3 pp. 19 October 1931. Sent with some poems for a Blue Moon booklet (not included).
Typescript. 1 leaf. 20 November 1931. Includes poems: The modern Samson; To my butcher : on having some steak delivered...; Recipe for a mediaevalist rhymster; Anticipatory epitaph for a trilogist; Hard times in Bloomsbury; Picture gallery; Any book of the month club.
Typescript. 5 leaves 15 March 1932.
Holograph. 1 leaf.

Location Number MSS & Archives A-125 Papers, [0.6m] n.d. (1940-1957?)
84 files, principally of correspondence with manuscripts, lectures and newspaper cuttings.

Location Number MSS & Archives A-167 [35 items] 1926-1927
Letters to Count Geoffrey Wladislav Voile Potocki De Montalk, 1926-1927.

Poets, New Zealand--Correspondence

Auckland University College--Faculty

Glover, Denis, 1912-1980

Papers; Letters

Dates covered:

1926 - Circa 1957

Access conditions:

MSS & Archives A-167 Restricted

Location of original:

MSS & Archives A-125 In private hands

Finding aids:

Inventory available A-11

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Arts in New Zealand · Here & now · Meanjin · Packard · PEN · Soviet Union. Press Attache, London · Voices

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