|Nancye Kent Perry Guide to Records|
About the records
Scope and Content
The records in the Nancye Kent Perry Collection were accumulated by Nancye Perry throughout her life. They document her diverse career in the United Kingdom and Australia at a time when there were relatively few women scientists. The collection includes an especially substantial set of records about Nancye’s research in Australia into the Sirex woodwasp, which she carried out for the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) Division of Forest Products (1950-1951) and for the Commonwealth Department of Health (1954-1957). In 1957 Nancye married Warren Perry. She also ceased work in scientific research in that year.
Nancye Perry’s professional files form part of a varied set of personal papers that document the rich tapestry of her life and times. There are many records in the collection of and about Nancye Perry’s youth and family life, including her parents, Palmer and Enid Kent, and her sister, Pauline Deakins, to whom she remained close throughout her life. These include extensive sets of family history records and correspondence, photographs and files pertaining to Nancye’s childhood on Sydney’s North Shore, dairies and visual records relating to overseas trips made by the family, and files of Nancye’s parents that range back to the late 19th century.
The collection documents the breadth and depth with which Nancye Perry developed her interests in books and the arts, among other activities, later in life. This includes records about her painting, in particular her art training, exhibitions of her work, and other artwork in which she took an interest. In addition, there are thorough and precise registers of the substantial book collection Nancye Perry acquired between c.1963 and 2006, with specialisations including Australiana, ships, shipwrecks and the sea.
The collection also holds a varied and extensive set of Nancye Perry’s financial records which she created and acquired in the course of managing a portfolio of shares. The longevity and precision characteristic of Nancye Perry’s share trading activities, as well as her active and critical engagement with the business practices of the companies in which she invested, is particularly evident in Nancye Perry’s nine Investment Registers, which span the period 1955-2006. These registers are located in Series Four of the Perry Guide.
Surveying and Mapping the Records
Records of Nancye Perry's Scientific CareerMaterial relating Nancye Perry's scientific career was passed to the Australian Science Archives Project during the first half of 1986. A printed finding aid was produced and the records were deposited at the University of Melbourne Archives.
Other Records of Nancye Perry'sIn 1999 and 2003, further records were passed from Nancye Perry to the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (formerly the Australian Science Archives Project). An electronic finding aid was produced, combining the information in the printed guide and the new records. Further records were passed from Nancye Perry to the eScholarship Research Centre (formerly the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre) each year from 2004 up to and including 2012 (the records received in 2012 came from the National Library of Australia). Records of Nancye Perry's on subjects other than her scientific career were deposited at the State Library of Victoria, where they were accessible via the electronic finding aid. In 2008 the University of Melbourne Archives transferred their collection of Nancye Perry's records to the State Library of Victoria. The preservation of Nancye Perry's records and the development of the electronic finding aid to her collection were both concluded in 2012.
Due to the long period of time involved in the preservation and management of Nancye Perry's records, there is some variation in the level of detail provided about individual inventory items in the Perry Guide.
In addition to the material documented in this guide, the State Library of Victoria also holds 25 boxes of further records of Nancye Perry's, on assorted subjects which include the anti-Republican movement. For more information about these records, contact the State Library of Victoria's reference service, citing State Library of Victoria accession numbers MS 13933 and MS 14106.
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.
Dates of RecordsSome items in the Records of Nancye Kent Perry have no dates. Where this is the case, the collection dates have been used, as follows: '1776?-2009?, No dates.'
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 Nancye Kent Perry is copied or quoted the source of the material must be acknowledged.
Preferred CitationMaterial from the Records of Nancye Kent Perry should be cited as [Inventory item number and title], [Series number], Records of Nancye Kent Perry, MS 13758, State Library of Victoria, Australia.
For citation of the published guide, an acceptable form would be: Anne Holloway, Michael Jones, Gavan McCarthy, Ailie Smith, Jenny Smith, Rachel Tropea and Ann McCarthy, Nancye Kent Perry Guide to Records, The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2010 [URL and date accessed].
CopyrightThe Nancye Kent Perry 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 Nancye Kent Perry 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 Nancye Kent Perry.
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