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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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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.
90% 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
D. Walker's 'Essay first of the Translation of Plants fromthe East to the West Indies', undated (Series 21.02) D. Walker's 'Essay first of the Translation of Plants fromthe East to the West Indies', undated (Series 21.02) - No. 0027 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 19:19
D. Walker's 'Essay first of the Translation of Plants fromthe East to the West Indies', undated (Series 21.02) D. Walker's 'Essay first of the Translation of Plants fromthe East to the West Indies', undated (Series 21.02) - No. 0026 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 17:12
An Account of a New Academical [sic] Institution in Germany',20 December 1777 (Series 89.01) An Account of a New Academical [sic] Institution in Germany',20 December 1777 (Series 89.01) - No. 0004 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 16:22
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770: No. 145 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 16:18
'List of Plants on board the Royl Adml from the Honbl E.I.Company's Botanic Garden at Calcutta, for the Royal Botanic Gardenat Kew', 1795 (Series 16.13) 'List of Plants on board the Royl Adml from the Honbl E.I.Company's Botanic Garden at Calcutta, for the Royal Botanic Gardenat Kew', 1795 (Series 16.13) - No. 0001 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:24
Draft letter written by Banks to Lord Sandwich, ca 30 May 1772 (Series 06.001) Draft letter written by Banks to Lord Sandwich, ca 30 May 1772 (Series 06.001) - No. 0018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:06
'List of Plants on board the Royl Adml from the Honbl E.I.Company's Botanic Garden at Calcutta, for the Royal Botanic Gardenat Kew', 1795 (Series 16.13) 'List of Plants on board the Royl Adml from the Honbl E.I.Company's Botanic Garden at Calcutta, for the Royal Botanic Gardenat Kew', 1795 (Series 16.13) - No. 0002 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:04
Draft letter written by Banks to Lord Sandwich, ca 30 May 1772 (Series 06.001) Draft letter written by Banks to Lord Sandwich, ca 30 May 1772 (Series 06.001) - No. 0010 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 14:37
Letter received by Banks from Matthew Flinders, 8 February 1801(Series 65.06) Letter received by Banks from Matthew Flinders, 8 February 1801(Series 65.06) - No. 0003 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 14:36
Draft letter written by Banks to Lord Sandwich, ca 30 May 1772 (Series 06.001) Draft letter written by Banks to Lord Sandwich, ca 30 May 1772 (Series 06.001) - No. 0009 Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 14:28