3 Books, 3 Scholars Monday 23 June 2008 – Maureen West, Dr. Doug Munro, Christiane Mortelier

Maureen West

Maureen West, Researcher
‘Journalist in a world without bylines’

Archives of the Journalists and Graphic Process Union (JAGPRO) and its predecessors, 1911-1972 especially award claims 1951-1958, and the NZ Journalist 1935-1975.
Reference NRAM A444, online at  www.nram.org.nz

“Looking for a journalist’s work in newspapers with pseudonyms and minimal bylines can be frustrating.  While the JAGPRO records in the J C Beaglehole Room may not have provided the required information, the records give an insight into the world of newspapers in the immediate post-war years in New Zealand.”

Doug Munro

Dr. Doug Munro, Adjunct Professor, School of History
F.L.W. Wood Papers

Callmark MSS W875; 60cm

Frederick Lloyd Whitfield Wood (1903-1989), was Professor of History at VUW from 1935 to 1968. His papers cover correspondence, undergraduate essays, journalism, conference papers, and manuscripts, drafts of articles on historical research, international affairs and university administration.

“Fred Wood is today vaguely remembered as that gentle and decent man who was Vic’s long-serving Professor of History (1935-1969).  His papers in the Beaglehole Room reveal the rigours of being a head of department and a public intellectual in those days.”

Christiane Mortelier

Christiane Mortelier, Alliance Française historian
La Nouvelle-Zélande

Author: Courte, Louis Henri; preface de M. le baron Hulot.
Publisher: Paris : Hachette, 1904.
Description: 267 p., [32] l. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 26 cm.
Now online at http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-CouNouv.html

“La Nouvelle-Zélande” (1904) by Louis Henri Comte de Courte is an authentic account on life in this country at the turn of the century by a vice-consul for France who lived in Wellington and Auckland from 1898 to 1903. The social and cultural impact of the laws passed by the Liberal Government is presented by an outside observer who comments on the changes brought to attitudes and behaviour of New Zealanders. He is not however free from prejudices pertaining to his class and the preconceptions of his time, which make his testimony doubly interesting. It seems to me that his account constitutes a lively foil on a lighter mode to the serious books published by French observers of the time, such as political economists Albert Métin, André Siegfried, P. Leroy-Beaulieu, etc.”

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