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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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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.
73% Available for transcription
Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
12% Available for transcription
ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
0% Available for transcription
indigenous1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
67% Available for transcription

Most recent edits

Document Page Updated date
List of plants sent from Kew to Cambridge by Mr Aiton...',November 1793 (Series 22.05) List of plants sent from Kew to Cambridge by Mr Aiton...',November 1793 (Series 22.05) - No. 0001 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 18:14
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. 0010 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 16:37
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. 082 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 16:10
McRutters' General Account with Sir Jenison Gordon Bart.late Sheriff of Lincolnshire', 1794 (Series 91.23) McRutters' General Account with Sir Jenison Gordon Bart.late Sheriff of Lincolnshire', 1794 (Series 91.23) - No. 0001 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:49
Memorandum headed 'of the Division of the County of Lincoln Created for the Purpose of procuring the Kings Peace', 1794 (Series 91.22) Memorandum headed 'of the Division of the County of LincolnCreated for the Purpose of procuring the Kings Peace', 1794 (Series91.22) - No. 0001 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:34
Memorandum headed 'of the Division of the County of Lincoln Created for the Purpose of procuring the Kings Peace', 1794 (Series 91.22) Memorandum headed 'of the Division of the County of LincolnCreated for the Purpose of procuring the Kings Peace', 1794 (Series91.22) - No. 0002 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:33
The Establishment of Large and Small Sloops', ca January 1801 (Series 63.10) The Establishment of Large and Small Sloops', ca January 1801 (Series 63.10) - No. 0001 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:12
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. 081 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:05
Draft reply of a letter received by an unknown correspondentfrom Banks, 23 November [?] (Series 91.21) Draft reply of a letter received by an unknown correspondentfrom Banks, 23 November [?] (Series 91.21) - No. 0001 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:02
Series 01: Journal of an excursion to Chatham, Rochester, Sheerness and Sheppey, 21 [February] - 4 March 1767 Series 01: Journal of an excursion to Chatham, Rochester, Sheerness and Sheppey, 21 [February] - 4 March 1767 - No. 0014 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 14:53