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Manuscripts & pictures

Notice: Retrieval of material may take longer

If you are looking for Manuscripts in the ADD-ON sequence and from MLMSS 5500 onwards (excluding the X sequence), please check with staff or email <> as these are currently being relocated offsite. More information here ›

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A preview of our new Manuscripts, Oral History and Pictures catalogue is now available.

We also encourage you to try our new single search catalogue which will allow you to search our published materials (books, magazines, maps), manuscripts, oral history and pictures catalogue and most eresources (articles and ebooks) all at once.

As we transition to our new system some images may take longer to appear in the system. We will do a final review of our migration to ensure there are no gaps in the collection before the old systems are withdrawn.

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About the Catalogue

This catalogue contains records of the manuscripts, oral history and pictures collections of the Mitchell Library, Sir William Dixson Library and Dixson Galleries.

This new version of the catalogue contains additional content which has been transferred from paper based collection guides and contents lists that have previously only been available in the Mitchell Library Reading Room.

The inclusion of this additional rich content and the development of this new catalogue has been possible through the support of the NSW Government through the eRecords project. Published material including maps can be found in the State Library's Catalogue for published material.

Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, are respectfully advised that records may contain names and images of people who have passed away.

All users of the catalogue should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.

Material in this catalogue that is not in copyright may be used freely and for any purpose: for example in a school project or a thesis, in a presentation to your local history society, on blogs, or for commercial purposes. Please acknowledge that the material is from the collections of the State Library of NSW.

It is your responsibility to check the copyright status of material described in this catalogue. If the material is in copyright you will need to seek permission from the copyright owner.

Images may be downloaded from this catalogue. If you require a higher quality image contact our Image Request service.

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