Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth Von Leven
|Manuscript Name||Papers of Elizabeth Von Leven|
|Manuscript Number||MSS 333|
|Last Updated||November 2018|
|Extent||15 boxes + 1 AV box|
|Location||Academy Library, UNSW Canberra|
|Abstract||Literary papers, including drafts of poems, novels, manuscript collections. Also includes published words, including journals, zines, and published novels. Some correspondence.|
Collection Subject Type
Scope and Content
A collection of literary papers of Elizabeth Von Leven, created 1984 - 1996. The collection includes drafts of most of her body of published work, including novels, poems, short fiction, as well as several unpublished novels. It also includes some correspondence, as well as a collection of published material.
Date Range of Content
1984 - 1997
Elizabeth Von Leven was a Catholic sister in the Society of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. She spent most of her career as a primary and secondary school teacher, retiring as principal of Parish Primary Schools in 1985. After that, she wrote poetry, articles, short fiction and novels for children and adults. She also edited a bi-annual news magazine for her order and edited several publications published internally by the Faithful Companions of Jesus.
Her works include the children’s books The Search (1990) and Dawning Point (1991) and the novels Before the Leaves Wither (1993) and Time Inside Out (1994). Her shorter work was published in a range of publications, including Madonna magazine, the school magazine Orbit, and The Month. The Search was translated into Finnish and published as Missä olet, äiti Ly? (1990).
Author record, Elizabeth Von Leven, AustLit (www.austlit.edu.au), St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A14919, 26/11/2018].
Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus. (1999). Writer’s Corner: A Collection of Poetry by Elizabeth Von Leven, fcJ (RIP). Retrieved from http://www.fcjsisters.org/fcj_english/whoweare/fcjsisters/vonleven.html, 11/26/2018.
Access and Copying Conditions
Access: Open Access
This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy.
Copying: Copying of material authored by Elizabeth Von Leven for private study and research is approved.
Papers of Elizabeth Von Leven, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 333, Box [Number], Folder [Number].
The collection was acquired from Elizabeth Von Leven in five consignments between 1993 and 1997.
Australian poetry, poets, Australian poets, 20th century poetry, Australian novelists, novelists, religious poetry, women authors, nun’s writings, children’s fiction, genealogy.
Elizabeth Von Leven 1931-1998
Norma Elizabeth Von Leven
Faithful Companions of Jesus
Teacher, poet, writer.
Short article, ‘Theology of Books’, 1988
Short article, ‘No-no… Ah! Yes!’ – three drafts, no date
Typed drafts, ‘Only the best is good enough for God: In loving memory of Sister Gerda Prytz FCJ’, Sister Anthony Buckley, FCJ, 1993
Drafts and a pre-publication paste-up of Sister Anthony Buckley’s account of Sr. Gerda Prytz.
Poems at July 1994, 1989 - 1994
Original version of A Quiet Life, early 1990s
A profile of Mother Imelda Bartlett FCJ, re-written for Eileen McDonald FCJ and edited.
Drafts and pre-publication paste-up of An Excellent Thing in a Woman, c.1991
A profile of Mother Veronica Lardner FCJ, by Anthony Buckley FCJ and edited by Von Leven.
Children’s picture stories – non-published at 1994, 1989 - 1992
Includes ‘Best Train of the Year’, ‘In Search of a Name’, ‘The Syncopated Frog’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Noses, Pimples, and Roses’.
Adult stories – drafts – non-published at 1994, 1988 - 1993
Includes ‘Party Dress’ (‘Poor but Proud’), ‘Telling the Truth’ (‘What Can a Bloke Do?’), ‘Dear Joan’, ‘Back to Normal’.
Short story exercises, 1986 - 1987
Published poems, 1984 - 1993
Includes typed drafts and handwritten notes.
Published poems at January 1993, 1989 - 1992
Includes typed drafts and handwritten notes.
Picture book draft, Tears for Bettina and other material, 1986 - 1994
Includes the original illustrations for Tears for Bettina and drafts for ‘Barefoot in the Grass’, ‘Thomas Tomkins’, ‘Explore’, ‘All in the Mind’, ‘Miranda Says’, ‘One Less Mouth to Feed’, ‘White Gloves’, ‘The Intruder’.
Time Inside Out – corrections, May 1993
Time Inside Out originally had a working title of The Hub.
The Hub - second draft, February 1993
Note reading: 'Now to be called Time Inside Out (unless changed before publishing).'
The Hub draft - now named Time Inside Out, August 1993
Workshops, 1992 - 1993
The Hub – chapters 13 to end, September-October 1992
The Hub, 1992 - 1993
Includes drafts and notes.
Original of Time Inside Out, working title The Hub notebook, c.1992
Original of Tring Trong Trima notebook, 1989 - 1993
Cover note reads: ‘Written with breaks from 1989-1991. Revised 1992. Revised again 1993.’
Original of Tring Trong Trima notebook pages, c.1993
Hand-drawn map of the Tring Trong Trima setting, c.early 1990s
Tring Trong Trima – revised, September 1993
Tring Trong Trima – second version, January 1992
Tring Trong Trima draft, October 1992
Tring Trong Trima draft, October 1991
Tring Trong Trima corrected passages, October 1991
Tring Trong Trima first version, fourth draft, 1990
Tring Trong Trima draft, 1988 - 1991
Includes a hand-drawn map of the Land of Trima, dated 1988.
Tring Trong Trima draft finished 1990, worked April-May 1991, 1990 - 1991
Includes a hand-drawn map.
Tring Trong Trima draft with notes, mid-1991
Vanishing Point notebook - last chapter and rewritten passages, 1988
Published as Dawning Point.
Dawning Point notebook, 1987 - 1988
Some corrections to the original The Search, c.1989 - 1990
Notebook. The Search was published in 1990.
First ideas for The Search notebook, 1988
Original The Search notebook, 1988
Original The Search notebook, 1988
The Search - last chapters of original, 1988
The Search – number 2 working copy, cutting back material, 1989
The Search – working copy, 1989
Note reads ‘Cutting 20,000 words to make a novel of approx. 30,000 words for children, 9-13 years.’
The Search – final draft as presented to publishers (home copy), 1989
The Search – written as an exercise for novel writing class, 1989
Dawning Point – correction to fourth draft, c.1989 - 1990
Dawning Point – fourth draft, 1989
Dawning Point at this stage called Vanishing Point, early 1988
Tutorial workshop, third draft.
Dawning Point original material, 1984 - 1987
Detailed note on folder reads: ‘Written as an exercise for novel writing class, 1987. Novella – ‘Black Diamond’ or ‘Elya’; later Vanishing Point. 1st book written. 2nd published.’ Folder includes short story ‘Poorme’, later integrated into Dawning Point.
Copies of press clippings and invitation to launch, c.1993
The Search editor’s corrections on some pages, 1989
Rough original handwritten notebook, Before the Leaves Wither, c.1986
Before the Leaves Wither editor’s corrections, early 1990s
Before the Leaves Wither edited copy LPH, early 1990s
Before the Leaves Wither final draft, October 1991
Mellow Leaves of Autumn published as Before the Leaves Wither draft, August 1991
Before the Leaves Wither first called Mellow Leaves of Autumn second draft, early 1991
Before the Leaves Wither first called Mellow Leaves of Autumn five chapters, 1987 - 1988
Written for Holmesglen course. Editing by Mike Slusher.
Dawning Point completed manuscript, 1990 - 1991
Dawning Point editor’s copy before publishing, 1990 - 1991
Dawning Point fifth draft, 1990
Dawning Point final copy, 1990
Some copies of workshopped work, 1994
Includes Whispering Hill.
Time Inside Out draft with emendations, 1994
Dawning Point final draft, 1990
Time Inside Out final draft, July - August 1993
Whispering Hill draft - Joel, 1993
Icecream Special and ‘Pin Time’ drafts, 1994 - 1995
Icecream Special is a proposed picture story for 7-9-year-olds. ‘Pin Time’ is a poem.
Fourth Corner second draft, c.1994
Tring Trong Trima draft, November 1993 - March 1994
Whispering Hill drafts and workshops, 1994
Last draft of Whispering Hill, February 1994
Short story drafts, 1993 - 1995
Includes ‘Miranda Says’ and ‘Telling the Truth’.
Drafts and pre-publication roughs of The McDonald Sisters: Memoirs of Eileen McDonald FCJ, ed. By Elizabeth von Leven, 1994
Whispering Hill drafts and workshop copies, c.1993
Whispering Hill second version, c.1993
Includes notebook of changes.
Cloudland chapter one, c.1992
Whispering Hill draft with emendations, c.1991
Possible stories, c.1991
Includes ‘Experiences of the FCJ Kailahun Community during the Liberian invasion of Sierra Leone’; ‘Marnie Says No’; ‘Grit’; ‘Stormy Weather’; ‘Icecream Special’; ‘Boldmart Adventure’. Also includes draft chapters titled ‘The Runaways’; ‘Seed Song’.
Notebook and loose papers, c.1994
The Fourth Corner, first draft, 20 February 1994
Pre-publication Faithful Companions of Jesus newsletter, 1996
Short story, article, poetry, and song drafts, 1995 - 1996
Includes ‘White Gloves’; ‘Mind Games’; ‘The Intruder’; ‘Tears for Bettina’; ‘House on Clunie Hill’; ‘Back to Normal’; ‘Grit’; ‘Christmas – A Simple Season’; ‘In Search of a Name’; ‘Breakwater’; ‘Born Again’.
Poetry and song drafts, 1992 - c.1996
Draft of Magic Moments, an anthology of three plays, c.1995
The three plays were originally performed by Von Leven’s primary school students. This folder includes a typed draft of the three plays for an anthology as well as earlier versions, presumably from the periods in which they were performed.
Throw a Stone -workshop drafts, 1995
Pin points: reflections on a crazy pathway, draft poetry anthology, 1995
Includes an alphabetical list of poems accepted or published to September 1995, a brief biography of Von Leven.
Whispering Hill third draft, December 1995
Whispering Hill draft four, 1995
Draft of poetry, picture stories, songs, mid-1990s
Whispering Hill fourth draft, February 1996
Whispering Hill fifth draft, 1996
Tring Trong Trima original draft, 1989-1990
Tring Trong Trima second draft, October 1996
Tring Trong Trima third version, c.1996
Faithful Companions of Jesus International Poetry Book, no. 2, draft for proof reading, 1996
Also includes a pre-publication paste-up of the anthology. Elizabeth Von Leven was the collection’s editor.
Correspondence and media clippings, 1990 - 1997
Includes some fan art.
Whispering Hill fourth draft, August 1996
Cloudland - almost last draft, 16 June 1997
Whispering Hill, 1995 - 1996
Three Christmas articles and cover letter, 25 November 1996
Tring Trong Trima draft, 28 May 1997
Cloudland, 1 June 1997
Short story drafts, 1994 - 1997
Includes ‘Professional’ and ‘FCJ Sisters in Paris’. The latter is non-fiction.
First drafts - poetry, 1989 - 1997
FCJ poetry book 1, c.1994
Drafts and submissions for the first FCJ International Poetry Book, edited by Elizabeth Von Leven and published by Beginnings Press, 1994.
Short story and article drafts, 1994
Published stories and poems, 1987 - 1995
Consists of distinct groups of items.
Includes issues of magazines in which Von Leven was published. These are AEA Viewpoint, no.15, Winter 1987; Praise, April 1987; Explore, no.4, 1990; Heartland, no. 2, February 1992; Touchdown, vol. 80, no.10, November 1995.
Acceptances and press. Most of these are loose, but two are in sub-folders titled ‘Articles’ and ‘Poetry’.
Catalogues and ephemera advertising Von Leven’s material. Most are from The Open Book. Others include Lutheran Publishing House; Keswick Bookshops.
Includes photocopied and hand-bound prints of published material intended for the internal use of the FCJ community. There are also two printed poems published by Poetica Christi Press on cardstock; ‘Always new’ and ‘Interlude’, both 1992.
Also includes On Being – A Guide to Christian Arts Resources Australia, October 1993.Von Leven is not published in this magazine, but has highlighted elements of Rod Pattenden’s article ‘The Task of the Christian Artist’.
The Search - final draft before editing, c.1990
Dawning Point, c.1991
Time Inside Out, c.1993
Before the Leaves Wither (unedited copy), c.1993
Published material, including journals and periodicals.
Spindrift Magazine, no.10, October 1996
Christian Book Newsletter, vol.10, no.7, August 1992
Orbit, vol.79, no.4, May 1994
Sisters Today, vol.65, no.4, July 1993
Ad Altiora, no date
A newsletter for Vaucluse College, edited by Elizabeth Von Leven.
Wasteland, vol.2, no.1, 1993
Prints, vol.3, no.4, December 1985
The Small Times, no.5, October 1988
Muse: Canberra Arts and Entertainment, no.116, January 1993
Gen~narrations: Genazzano FCJ College News, vol.15, no.3, September 1997
Write It, vol.4, no.6, 1997
Northern Perspective, two issues, 1990 - 1993
Includes vol.13, no.2, 1990; vol.16, no.1, 1993.
On Being, two issues, July and October 1993
Studio: A Journal of Christians Writing, three issues, 1992 - 1994
Includes 47, winter 1992; 54, autumn 1994; 56, spring 1994.
Teth: Society Journal FCJ, three issues, 1995 - 1997
Includes Heroines, vol.1, no.1, February 1995; ‘…isms’, vol.2, no.1, February 1997; Companions, vol.3, no.1, February 1997.
Christian Woman, three issues, 1990 - 1997
Includes vol.38, no.10, November 1990; vol.39, no.6, July 1991; vol.44, no.2, March/April 1997.
Kairos: Catholic Journal, three issues, 1995 - 1996
Includes vol.6, no.19, 24 September - 1 October 1995; vol.6, no.25, 17 September - 24 December 1995; vol.7, no.24, 15-22 December 1995.
The Month: A Review of Christian Thought and World Affairs, four issues, 1996 - 1997
Includes May 1996; June 1996; February 1997; June 1997.
Grass Roots, five issues, 1991 - 1992
Includes no.85, June 1991; no.86, August 1991; no. 88, December 1991; no.91, June/July 1992; no.97, June/July 1993.
Madonna, six issues, 1991 - 1997
Includes December 1991; March 1992; August 1992; March 1993; May 1993; February 1997.
Silver Wings, sixteen issues, 1991 - 1997 (with gaps)
Silver Wings was a bimonthly poetry zine published in California. Also includes Christmas 1993 and Christmas 1994 anthologies as well as The Splendor of His Majesty anthology, 1996.
Published material, including anthologies and novels.
The Tree of Life anthologies, ed. Jean M Sietzema-Dickson, 1990
There are two The Tree of Life anthologies. The first is undated and slimmer, possibly an earlier edition.
Rhymes for the Times anthology, ed. Ros Flett and Phil Iton, 1993
Before the Beep: A collection of poetry from Poetry Workshop 1989, c.1989
FCJ International Poetry Book, ed. Elizabeth Von Leven, 1994
FCJ International Poetry Book no.2, ed. Elizabeth Von Leven, 1996
Passion and Pilgrimage: Poems and Prayers, ed. Elizabeth Von Leven, 1997
The Fourth Corner: An Account of the Von Leven Family for the Grandchildren Who Wanted to Know More, Elizabeth Von Leven, c.1994
Kathleen Dickie: her notes and writings on Glenthompson and its people, Elizabeth Von Leven, May 1997
The McDonald Sisters: Memoirs of Eileen McDonald FCJ, ed. Elizabeth Von Leven, c.1994
A Quiet Life: Mother Imelda Bartlett FCJ as related by Eileen McDonald FCJ, ed. Elizabeth Von Leven, no date
Sister Euphemia King FCJ, c.1995
Sister Joan Birrane FCJ, Joan Duffus and ed. Elizabeth Von Leven, c.1994
A collection of nine booklets by Sister Anthony Buckley FCJ, 1990s
Includes Gifted Woman, Only the Best is Good Enough for God, Sister Francesca Mc Cabe FCJ, An Excellent Thing in a Woman, Our Sisters: FCJ Co-adjutrix Sisters in Australia 1882 - 1991, The last of the Pioneers: Mother Mary Fitzgerald FCJ, Sister Loretta Byrne FCJ.
The Singing Tree, Holmesglen College of TAFE, 1987
Includes an inscription to Von Leven’s mother.
Dancing Poppies, ed. Karen Wilson, Holmesglen College of TAFE, 1989
Many Hands, ed. Karen Wilson, Holmesglen College of TAFE, 1991
Water of Life: Poems for Reflection and Encouragement, ed. Jean M. Sietzema-Dickson, 1993
Spring Within: Selected Poems, c.1992
Self-published by Von Leven. Includes two editions.
Finding Gold: Poems published since April 1992, c.1994
Self-published by Von Leven.
Moving Mountains, c.1996
Contains poems published between September 1994 and August 1996. Self-published by Von Leven. Includes two editions.
Birthing Green, no date
Self-published by Von Leven. Includes two editions in three copies.
The Search, 1990
Missä olet, äiti Ly?, 1990
Finnish language edition of The Search.
Dawning Point, 1991
Before the Leaves Wither, 1993
Time Inside Out, 1994
Disks containing draft material.
34 x 5.25 inch floppy disks, 1989 - c.1993
Material labelled as drafts of short stories, novels, and poetry. Worked on an Apple IIGS and Apple IIe, and includes two disks of systems utilities.
5 x 5.25 inch floppy disks, early 1990s
Material labelled as drafts of children’s poems and personal material. Includes a copy of Word Perfect.
7 x 3.5 inch floppy disks, mid 1990s
Material labelled as drafts of Whispering Hill, Tring Trong Trima, and the profiles of FCJ sisters.