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A Popular Vision: The Arts and the Left in New Zealand 1930-1950

Chapter Five: The Progressive Publishing Society

Chapter Five: The Progressive Publishing Society

1New Zealand Co-operative Book Society, Ltd. 'Meeting Books on New Terms', 1938. Roth collection
2Progressive Books Ltd. Prospectus, 1937. Robert Lowry Papers. Ms Papers A-194: box 1, folder 4. University of Auckland Library
3Chairman's report, Oct. 1941. Christchurch Co-operative Book Society. Minute books, 1938-1970. Acc 90-259. Alexander Turnbull Librarypage 260
4Ibid.; 'Urgent Appeal for Action', Cooperative Book News, Sept. 1942 (v.1, n.9), p.1; Wellington Co-operative Book Society Ltd. Management committee minutes, 12 May 1941. Wellington Co-operative Book Society Ltd. Papers, 1938-1970. Ms Papers 1122: box 5/1. Alexander Turnbull Library
5Ibid., 14 July 1941
6'Democracy in Action', Co-op Books, Apr. 1944 (v.1, n.6), p.1
7[Progressive Publishing Society], Freedom to Publish. Evidence in a Case for Appeal Christchurch, Auckland, etc: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1944, p.12. Neither the Progressive Publishing Society nor the cooperative book societies appear to have been modelled on similar organisations overseas. It is possible that the Fellowship of Australian Writers was aware of the recent formation of the PPS when it established a Co-operative Publishing Company in 1943. However, this organisation did not get off the ground. See J. Devanny, Point of Departure. The Autobiography of Jean Devanny. Ed. C. Ferrier. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1986, pp.261-3
8'Proposed Bookshop Society', [1942], pp.[3-4].WCBS Papers: 3
9'ACo-operative Bookshop Union', CBN, Jan. 1942 (v.1, n.2),p.4
10 Freedom to Publish, p.14; CB, Nov. 1943 (v.1, n.1), p.6; H. E. Fenton, The New Order, Ourselves, Education and the Cooperative BookSocieties', CBN, Sept. 1942 (v.1, n.9), p.2
11 Freedom to Publish, p.8
12R. F. Griffin, 'SelectingManuscripts', CB, Sept. 1944 (v.1, n.11), p. [6]. As surviving PPS records are incomplete, the full executive membership of the society is not known.
13 Freedom to Publish, p.5
14Ibid., pp.4, 7,14
15W. B. Sutch, 'National Co-operative Publishing. Joint Action by Bookshops', CBN, Feb. 1943 (v.1, n.3), p.3
16Ibid., p.4
17 Freedom to Publish, p.11
18LA. Mackay, 'Membership Campaign Committee Report', CB, Nov. 1943 (v.1, n.1), p.5
19P. Evans, The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature. Auckland: Penguin, 1990, p.91
20C. Carr, Poems by Clyde Carr. Wellington: Progressive Publishing Society, I944> pp.7, 16
21F. Ost and R. Meek (ed. and trans.), The Vltava Still Sings. Modern Czech Verse. Wellington: Progressive Publishing Society, 1945, inside title page
22 Art in New Zealand, 61, Sept. 1943 (v.16, n.1), p.17
23Unsigned letter to R. S. Parker, chairman, PPS, 6 Mar. 1945. WCBS Papers: 13, 7
24Sutch, 'Conference Report', CB, Dec. 1944 (v.1, n.14), p.[3]
25Communist Party of New Zealand (Christchurch branch). Bulletin, 27 Oct. 1942. Jack Locke Deposit: additional material: item 5. University of Canterbury Library
26CCBS minutes, 19 May 1944
27'National Conference of Progressive Publishing Society', InPrint, 30 June 1943, p. [3]; 'Politics and Progressive Publishing', CB, Nov. 1943 (v.1, n1i), p.4
28CCBS minutes, 11 Jan. 1945
29A. Falconer, To Uncertain Leaders', New Zealand New Writing, 3, June 1944, p.26
30G. Texidor, 'Home Front', NZNW, 1, Dec 1942, pp.64, 66
31A. Jackson-Thomas, 'Unto Us', ibid., p.39
32M.H. Holcroft, 'Return to New Zealand', ibid., p.51; R. Seymour, 'A Present Tendency in New Zealand Literature, NZNW, 4, Mar. 1945, pp.31-2
33E. Locke, correspondence, CB, Feb. 1945 (v.2, n.2), p.[3]
34H. L. Verry, 'New Writing in Australia', CB, Jan. 1944 (v.1, n.3), p.5
35P. G. Harding, 'Australia's Baby Dwarfs Ours', CB, Sept. 1944 (v.1, n.11), p.[4]
36CCBS minutes of AGM, 27 Oct. 1943, minutes, 16 Oct. 1944page 261
37CCBS minutes, n Aug. 1944; CB, Sept. 1944  (v.1, n.11), p.[6]
38J. Campbell, CZW, Jan. 1943 (v.i, n.12), p.[4]
39 CB, Sept. 1944 (v.1, n.11), p. [6], Oct. 1944 (v.1, n.12), p.[3]
40I. Gordon, 'New Zealand New Writing and its Critics', CB, Nov. 1944 (v.1, n.13), p.1
41I. M. Cluett, correspondence, ibid., Jan. 1945  (v.2, n.1),p.[3]
42G. Ingham, 'N.Z. New Writing Criticised', CBN, Feb. 1943 (v.1, n.13), p.[5]
43W. J. Scott, 'New Zealand New Writing N0.2', CB, Nov. 1943 (v.1, n.1), p.6
44 Standard, 7 Jan. 1943, p.2
46Gordon, 'In Memoriam "NZNW", New Zealand Listener, 21 Jan. 1984 (v.106, n.2293), p.31; interview with author, 9 Dec. 1986
47 'New Zealand New Writing and its Critics'
48Griffin, 'Publishing and Distribution— Co-operative Efforts', CBN, June 1942 (v.1, n.6), p.2; 'Recent N.Z. Publications', ibid., Oct. 1942 (v.1, n.10), p.[4]
49This Culture', CB, Dec. 1943 (v.1, n.2), p.1
50D. W. Ballantyne, "Vocal New Zealand-ers"', ibid., Apr. 1944 (v.1, n.6), p.[3]
51F. Sargeson, correspondence, Tomorrow, 4 Aug. 1937 (v.3, n.20), p.632
52P. Martin-Smith, 'Dominion Writers. Chances Offered', Union Record, 1 Aug. 1944 (v.5, n.2), p.3; Sutch, 'Publishing is Our Job', Rostrum, Aug. 1942, p.38
53J. Harris, 'Book Publishing in New Zealand', New Zealand Libraries, Oct. 1942 (v.6, n.3), p.43
54 Making New Zealand. Pictorial Surveys of a Century, v.1, introduction, quoted in A. J. Booker, 'The Centennial Surveys of New Zealand, 1939-41'. BA (Hons) research exercise, Massey University, 1983, p.12
55Booker, ibid., p.15
56Ibid, p.37
57Ibid., pp.37-49
58D. B. Paul, 'Publishing and Bookselling', in A.H. McLintock (ed.), An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Wellington: Government Printer, 1966, v.2, pp.884-6; A. H. Reed, The House of Reed. Fifty Years of Publishing. Wellington: A.H. and A. W. Reed, 1957; P. Lawlor, The Caxton Press. Some Impressions and a Bibliography. Wellington: Belthane Book Bureau, 1951
59J. C. Beaglehole, 'From Bookshop Assistant to O. M. Eminent ex-Bookseller talks to N.Z. Jubilee Conference', Bookseller, 3418, 26 June 1971, p.2596
60 Book, 2, May 1941, title page
61Gordon, 'In Memoriam "NZNW"
62L. Strahan, Just City and the Mirrors. Meanjin Quarterly and the Intellectual Front, 1945-1965. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1984, p.41
63'Crisis in PPS Affairs', CB, May 1945 (v.2, n.5), p.1
64Mackay to secretary, WCBS,9 Dec. 1944. WCBS Papers: 7; 'A Challenging Proposal', CB, Jan. 1945 (v.2, n.1), p.1
65Fenton to secretary, WCBS, 31 Mar. 1944. WCBS Papers: 6; J. Finlay, secretary, PPS to branch secretaries, [nd]. WCBS Papers: 6
66'Share Campaign in Auckland', CB, Jan. 1944 (v.1, n.3), p.3
67Report of auditor, V.P. O'Kane, 9 Feb. 1945, p.1. Modern Books, Dunedin, Papers, 1944-55. Ms Papers 711. Hocken Library
68Manager's report to the 1944 conference, [Oct. 1944], pp.6, 2-3. Dunedin Modern Books Papers
69Auditor's report, 9 Feb. 1945, p.1
70Manager's report to 1944 conference, p.6
71PPS management committee minutes, 20 Mar. 1945. WCBS Papers: 14
72'Crisis in PPS Affairs'
73WCBS annual report, 1945. WCBS Papers: 13
74'Faith in Co-operative Publishing. Wellington Meeting', CB,June 1945 (v.2, n.6), p. [3]; manager's report to 1944 conference, p.6
75'Keynote to Conference', CB, Dec. 1944 (v.1, n.14),p.[1]
76'Faith in Co-operative Publishing', p. [3]page 262
77Associated Booksellers of New Zealand. Minutes, 26 Jan. 1944. Associated Booksellers of New Zealand. Minute book, 1931-8. Ms y 1075. Alexander Turnbull Library; booklists of co-op bookshops, printed in CB
78M.H. Holcroft, The Discovered Isles. A Trilogy. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1950, pp.183, 181
79'National Conference of Progressive Publishing Society'
80Mackay to secretary, WCBS, 9 Dec. 1944; CB, Dec. 1944 (v.1, n.14), p.[3]
81Reed, The House ofReed, p.32
82Unsigned letter to R. S. Parker, 6 Mar. 1945
83Mackay, 'A Challenging Proposal'
85'Faith in Co-operative Publishing', p. [3]
86'National Conference of Progressive Publishing Society'
87Manager's report to 1944 conference, p.2
88J. Noha, Tomorrow', in Ost and Meek, The Vltava Still Sings, pp.45-6
89Beaglehole, 'The Work of the Typographical Committee', CB, Nov. 1944 (v.1, n.13), p.[2]
90Manager's report to 1944 conference, p.2
91'Conference Notes', CB, Jan. 1945 (v.2, n.1), pp.[2-3]
92R. Gilberd, correspondence, CB, Nov. 1944 (v.1, n.13), p.[3]
93Beaglehole, 'From Bookshop Assistant to O.M.', p.2596
94J. E. Traue, 'The University of New Zealand Press', New Zealand Libraries, Jan.-Feb. 1963 (v.26, n.1), pp.1-18
95Secretary, WCBS to A. Jackson-Thomas, 14 Jan. 1949. WCBS Papers: 25