About the records

Title Records of Sir Ian William Wark
Date Range 1909 - 1985
Creator Wark, Ian William (1899 - 1985)
Extent 5.97 metres (500 items)
Repository Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra
Abstract Wark was Chief of the Division of Industrial Chemistry, CSIRO 1939-58, Director of the Chemical Research Laboratories 1958-60, and a member of the Executive 1960-65.

Administrative Information

Listed by : Gavan McCarthy, with assistance from Eleanor Ellis and Ann Gray. Deposited with the Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

  • The collection is comprised of records from 1 accessions. The codes used to uniquely identify each accession range from WARK1985/0001 to WARK1985/0001.

  • The records have been allocated to 19 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from WARS0001 to WARS0019.

  • Through the processing of the records, 1 provenance entity was identified. The code used to uniquely identify this provenance entity, i.e. records creator or custodian, is WARK001.

  • The inventory covers 500 items, and may include records of continuing value, records sentenced for destruction and records that have been destroyed. The codes used to uniquely identify each inventory item range from 01/01 to 19/11. The total collection occupies 597 linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).

  • The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 24 September 1999. The latest additions were made on 2 December 1999. The latest modifications were made on 9 July 2007. This collection profile was updated on 15 November 2007.

Scope and Content

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Australian Science Archives Project wishes to thank the Ian Potter Foundation, the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne for the financial assistance that has made the preparation of this listing possible.


Registration No. : ASAP 6/6/85 Registration Date : 1 May 1985 Collection Size : 33 (17cm) Archive Boxes and some oversize materials (17x38x52cm) Collection Dates : 1922 - 1985.

CSIRO Archives holds correspondence, minutes and reports refering to Sir Ian Wark's work as Chief of the CSIRO Division of Industrial Chemistry 1939 - 1958, as Director and Chairman of the CSIRO Chemical Research Laboratories 1958 - 1960 and as a member of the CSIRO Executive 1961 - 1965. This collection comprises 34 boxes of documents totalling 5.78 linear metres. Certain sections, as specified in the Handlist, are restricted. A complete set of Sir Ian Wark's publications is already housed in the Basser Library of the Australian Academy of Science. Duplicate copies have been forwarded with this collection. Most of the material was housed in Sir Ian's office at the CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry in Port Melbourne with a small amount at his home. The two sources were combined and all subsequent work done in situ. The papers were well organised and this order has been preserved.

Published by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre on AustehcWeb, 1999
Listed by Gavan McCarthy, with Eleanor Ellis, Ann Gray and Rosanne Walker
HTML edition Helen Morgan
Updated 15 November 2007

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