MAMU features a diverse range of material focussing on Australian women in music. Some of our collections with a strong focus on Australian female musicians, composers, dancers and researchers include:
The Doreen Nayman Collection
Doreen Nayman was a Melbourne-based music educator who specialised in the Kodaly Method. She was a long-time presenter on 3MBS including the Women in Music series. She was a member of the Australian Women Composers Network and also supported work by Jewish-Australian composers.
The Doreen Nayman Collection includes.
- Women in Music series, presented on 3MBS between 1985 and 1992. Including recordings, research notes and scripts
- Interviews and research on female composers and performers including Margaret Sutherland, Miriam Hyde, Kay Dreyfus, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Dulcie Holland, Helen Noonan and lots more
- “Differentia – the Work of Contemporary Australian Jewish Composers”, 2004 performance with unpublished CDs and program notes, includes works by Elena Katz-Chernin and Lynda Phillips (Doreen Nayman was artistic director)
- Program notes from the Composing Women Festival held in Adelaide in Sept 1991.
- Information on the Australian Women Composers Network
- Original scores by Miriam Hyde.
The Louise Lightfoot Collection
Louise Lightfoot was the co-founder of the First Australian Ballet and later became interested in classical Indian dance. She conducted extensive field work on ethno-choreology in India and went on to work as a producer and tour manager for Indian dancers performing in Australia and the USA. As a white women touring with Indian performers, including in segregated areas of the United States, her collection contains valuable insights into 20th century race relations.
The Louise Lightfoot Collection includes:
- Field notes, photographs and recordings
- Press clippings and press photos
- Scripts, lighting designs, soundtracks and other production notes
- Dance props and costumes
- Contracts and correspondence.
The Vera Bradford Collection
Vera Bradford was an Australian pianist who began her career in the early 20th century. A close friend and colleague of Percy Grainger, Bradford made a point of performing repertoire deemed too difficult for female pianists.
Her collection includes:
- Unpublished CD recordings of piano and orchestral arrangements by Bradford.
- Personal letters between Bradford and Percy and Ella Grainger.
- Interviews with Dorothy Roxburgh, one of the original viola players to join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
- Press clippings, photographs and programs about Bradford’s career.
- Hand written scores by Lilian Richards
The Kay Dreyfus Collection
The Kay Dreyfus collection includes the research material for her 1999 book, Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of Australia’s All-Girl Bands and Orchestras to the End of the Second World War (Currency Press). The research material includes:
- Fieldwork interviews
- Press clippings
- Concert recordings.