Digitising our collections
The State Library’s digitisation strategy will help cement the Library’s status as a world leading library and centre for digital excellence.
Digital material will be created and preserved on a scale never before seen in Australia. Around 12 million images or page views will be generated progressively over the next decade, substantially increasing global access to the Library’s collections, and providing important benefits to regional areas and the creative industries in particular.
Our collection experts have identified the most in-demand, fragile and valuable collections to be digitised.
Around 900 World War I diaries, 150,000 key historical and literary documents including the Macarthur Family papers and the Angus & Robertson archive
Photographs and negatives
Over 500,000 images from major photographic collections such as Freeman Studios, ACP Magazines Ltd, Sam Hood and Max Dupain & Associates
Over six million pages of NSW newspapers
International and Australian maps, as well as 40,000 subdivision plans
Books, posters and ephemera
Including 40,000 items from the David Scott Mitchell collection
Stamps, medals and coins
Including the HL White stamp collection and Dixson numismatic collections
100,000 portraits, landscapes and natural history
Over 10,000 hours of sound recordings
Fragile items including photographic and glass plate negatives and magnetic tape for sound recordings will be prioritised to ensure the information and contents they hold are preserved.
As part of the funding, the Library will also revitalise its storage and asset management systems to ensure digitised material is preserved permanently. This will mean the Library can build on its
Over the next 12 months the Library is aiming to digitise and make available all of the diaries, along with related material including photographs, maps, newspapers and posters.
To date over 80 NSW newspaper titles have been digitised and are accessible via the State Library's website and available on Trove, including: Australian Town and Country Journal (1870-1907),
Il Giornale Italiana (1932-1940), Singleton Argus (1880-1954).
This year the Library is embarking on a special project to digitise NSW newspapers published during WW1. More than 1.5 million pages representing 90 newspaper titles will be accessible via the State Library's website and available on Trove, at the centenary of World War I.