Wallace-Crabbe Papers

Scope and Content

One folder contains a number of draft poems and typed poems, plus part of a corrected proof of Six Voices for publication, postcards, programmes, etc. Apart from the 40+ draft poems, which make up the bulk of the folder, and notes towards Six Voices, the collection is largely miscellaneous. The second folder contains a letters and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wallace-Crabbe was born in 1934 to a journalist and a pianist, and grew up with a family tradition of military-bohemian Scots. On leaving school he worked at such jobs as cadet metallurgist and electrical trade journalist before finding his metier as poet and as a university teacher. He lived in Exeter and taught on the Commonwealth Arts course at the University in the early seventies, and has also lived in the United States and Italy, as well as Melbourne. He has published a dozen books of poetry, plus prose works, art criticism and varied anthologies.



Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

This folder was probably given to the University Library by Wallace-Crabbe's colleague, Mick Gidley, a fellow lecturer on the American and Commonwealth Arts course, c1973.


The biographical information was taken from the Internet site, http://www.hlc.unimelb.edu.au/cwc/ on 19 June 2001, a personal page on wallace-Crabbe in his capacity as an Emeritus Professor at the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Other Finding Aids


Conditions Governing Use

Usual University of Exeter arrangements apply

Custodial History

The two files were located separately in the University Library prior to reorganisation in 2000-2001.


It is not known whether any or all of the poems are published.