|Philip Crosbie Morrison Guide to Records|
About the records
Scope and Content
Philip Crosbie Morrison was a naturalist and science journalist whose life and work reflected his ongoing desire to foster people’s understanding of the importance of science in their lives. He did this primarily by encouraging people to observe and wonder at the natural world, confident this would lead to an interest in caring for and preserving the environment. In the 1940s and 1950s, though working outside academia and with little original research in his published work, Morrison became one of Australia’s best known scientists. He is particularly remembered for his long running series of radio broadcasts on all aspects of the natural world. Listeners recall his extraordinary commitment to and sincerity towards his subject, and he was renowned for his ability to infect people with an enthusiasm for nature. By combining an understanding of the power of the media with his skills as a communicator, Morrison reached people of all ages and sectors of society and kindled an interest in science in a vast new audience.
The collection is a rich and varied one, including publications, scripts, photographs and correspondence, representing all the records in Morrison's possession at the time of his death, with the exception of a small amount of family material.
Surveying and Mapping the RecordsMost of Philip Crosbie Morrison's records were transferred to the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP) between 1986 and 1993 for detailed listing and indexing, following a decision by his widow Mrs Lucy Crosbie Morrison to deposit the collection with the State Library of Victoria.
In 2005, additional records were transferred to the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (Austehc, previously ASAP) by Lucy Morrison, and later by Janet Morrison, granddaughter of Philip Crosbie Morrison, for inclusion in the existing collection.
Further information about this guide and the records it describes, including transfer arrangements, custodianship and other contextual information, is held in the office files and the Heritage Documentation Management System (HDMS) database at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
Arrangement and Description of the RecordsIn 1993, ASAP staff arranged and described all the records donated by Lucy Morrison up to that date. The collection was deposited with the State Library of Victoria and the 1993 print guide to the records of Philip Crosbie Morrison Collection was produced.
In 2008, the additional material received from Lucy Morrison and Janet Morrison in 2005 was transferred to the State Library of Victoria and eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC) staff described these items, including them in existing Series where applicable and adding two new Series to the collection. The 2008 HTML Edition of the Philip Crosbie Morrison Guide to Records has been produced as a result of this work.
Dates of RecordsThe date range of the collection has been used as a default for inventory items found to have no explicit or inscribed opening and closing dates. In such cases, the dates read '1880?-1994?, No dates'.
National Film and Sound ArchiveThe National Film and Sound Archive holds a significant collection of Philip Crosbie Morrison's movie films and radio transcription discs (also listed in this guide), most of which were transferred between 1986 and 1993. In 2008, eSRC staff transferred additional films and recordings from the material received in 2005. Please contact the National Film and Sound Archive for further information, or if you wish to access this material.
How These Records Can Be UsedResearchers wishing to consult these records will need to contact the State Library of Victoria regarding the access conditions that may apply to specific series or inventory items.
Where material from the Records of Philip Crosbie Morrison is copied or quoted the source of the material must be acknowledged.
Preferred CitationRecords from the Philip Crosbie Morrison collection should be cited as [Inventory item number and title], [Series number], Records of Philip Crosbie Morrison, MS 13358, State Library of Victoria, Australia.
For citation of the published guide, an acceptable form would be: Stuart Brash, Anne-Marie Condé, Libby Robin, Ann McCarthy, Michael Jones, Gavan McCarthy, and Tim Sherratt, Philip Crosbie Morrison Guide to Records, The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2008 [URL and date accessed].
Publication HistoryThis is the full history of the Philip Crosbie Morrison Guide to Records:
CopyrightThe Philip Crosbie Morrison Guide to Records has been published by the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (previously the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). You may download, temporarily store in cache and display the material on this web site in unaltered form only. You may also print and copy the material on this site in unaltered form as permitted by the Copyright Act 1968 only (retaining this copyright notice). This guide is the result of serious scholarly research and must be formally acknowledged as such when the guide itself or the records it catalogues are cited.
The Records of Philip Crosbie Morrison are held by the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria manages any rights (including moral rights) in all material contained in the Records of Philip Crosbie Morrison.
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