Cameron Smith’s reflection in the archive

Visiting the University of Melbourne Archive Repository was an immersive experience. Going behind the scenes and walking through the shelves highlighted the extent of the archival material available and the history that is encapsulated in various documents, artefacts and objects.

I spent the day perusing newspaper articles, letters and book reviews that related to Australian literary journals such as Scripsi and Meanjin.

These magazines are cultural artefacts that have disseminated knowledge and ideas across time and place. I am curious to read further about ‘who’ they represent and the voices they express. I intend to delve further into these archives to establish the value of these journals within the Australian publishing industry and how they have informed the notion of ‘Australian Literature’.