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Transcribing the Library's collections

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A tool for digitally transcribing historical handwritten documents from our collection.

The State Library of New South Wales is dedicated to making our collections more accessible and you can help us achieve this goal. We hold millions of pages of historically important handwritten documents in our collections, but this material can often be difficult to read and cannot be indexed by search. By using our purpose built Transcription Tool, we are able to produce digital transcripts of original materials from our collections, making them more accessible, discoverable and useful for research and study.

You can help us to transcribe these items, which include diaries, letters, journals and manuscripts. In doing so you will be contributing to the improvement and enrichment of our collections, as well as taking an opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of NSW cultural heritage.

How to get involved:

  1. New transcribers can create an account using our quick sign up form. All you need is a valid email address.

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  2. Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.

    How-to guide

  3. Choose one of our available collections below, and jump in. Happy transcribing!

Collections we're currently transcribing

A collection of the works of Captain James Cook.
95% Available for transcription
Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Most recent edits

Document Page Updated date
Receipt issued by Banks to David Nelson for money received, 8 March 1787 (Series 47.02) Receipt issued by Banks to David Nelson for money received, 8 March 1787 (Series 47.02) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 14:24
Title page, ca 1787 (Series 47.01) Title page, ca 1787 (Series 47.01) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 14:20
the two Gardiners' being Banks' account for expenses relating to David Nelson and William Brown, ca July 1787 (Series 47.03) the two Gardiners' being Banks' account for expenses relating to David Nelson and William Brown, ca July 1787 (Series 47.03) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 14:17
Mr Nelsons Account' being account received by William Bligh from William Peckover, for expenses incurred by David Nelson, ca June 1789. (Series 47.04) Mr Nelsons Account' being account received by William Bligh from William Peckover, for expenses incurred by David Nelson, ca June 1789. (Series 47.04) - No. 0002 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 14:03
Mr Nelsons Account' being account received by William Bligh from William Peckover, for expenses incurred by David Nelson, ca June 1789. (Series 47.04) Mr Nelsons Account' being account received by William Bligh from William Peckover, for expenses incurred by David Nelson, ca June 1789. (Series 47.04) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 14:00
Banks' account for expenses of David Nelson, 9 December 1790 (Series 47.05) Banks' account for expenses of David Nelson, 9 December 1790 (Series 47.05) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:58
Hive's 'Account of esculent grain cultivated in the Guzerat[Gujerat]', undated (Series 21.01) Hive's 'Account of esculent grain cultivated in the Guzerat[Gujerat]', undated (Series 21.01) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:49
Banks' account for expenses of David Nelson, 1780s (Series 47.06) Banks' account for expenses of David Nelson, 1780s (Series 47.06) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:35
Abstract of Park's dispatch sent home by the Crescent Receivdat the Foreign Office Augt 1st dated Kayee R. Gambier...', 26April 1805 (Series 79.06) Abstract of Park's dispatch sent home by the Crescent Receivdat the Foreign Office Augt 1st dated Kayee R. Gambier...', 26April 1805 (Series 79.06) - No. 0005 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00
Letter received by Banks from WilliamBligh, 5 June 1790 (Series 46.30) Letter received by Banks from WilliamBligh, 5 June 1790 (Series 46.30) - No. 0001 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00