Papers of Norman Mackenzie

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of papers regarding the Australian position in respect of equal pay, legal status of women, women’s organisations, local government papers; press cuttings. Papers contain Minutes, correspondence, questionnaires, official documents, information sheets and leaflets.

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Ian Mackenzie (1921-fl.1986) was born in London, 1921. In 1958 Norman was commissioned by the Social Science Research Council of Australia in Canberra, as a British Scholar to conduct 2 year pioneering survey of the status, social and political roles of women in Australia. Published as Women in Australia (1962). Subsequent and revised editions entitled Women in Society. Upon his return to Britain c.1963 he joined the University of Sussex where he remained until c.1983. He married Jeanne Sampson (?-1986), writer and manuscripts editor; they had two daughters. Together with Jeanne, Norman MacKenzie wrote and edited several biographies including HG Wells, Charles Dickens, and Beatrice Webb.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Fawcett Library by Norman McKenzie, noted in Fawcett Society Annual report 1962-1963.

Other Finding Aids

Fawcett Library Catalogue

Related Material

The Women's Library Printed Collections holds some of Norman Ian Mackenzie's publications, including Women in Australia and The Diary of Beatrice Webb. The Norman Ian and Jeanne MacKenzie Papers, 1959-1964 (ref MS 99) are held at the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts USA. The Jean Fleming Arnot Papers, 1890-1995 (ref MLMSS 3147 ADD-ON 2070/1-15) includes material related to MacKenzie, held at the Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales, Australia. Norman MacKenzie's Correspondence as editor of New Statesman is held at Sussex University Library Special Collections.

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