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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.

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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.

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

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painting of John Macarthur, ca. 1850s
About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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A collection of the works of Captain James Cook.
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Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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indigenous1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 39 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 88 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 136 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 55 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 104 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 26 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 71 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 85 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 40 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 89 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 137 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 10 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 56 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 105 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 27 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 72 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 86 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 41 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 90 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014

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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 3 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 4 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 6 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 8 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 14 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 101 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 109 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 130 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 38 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 42 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Banks Papers Letter of application to join Pacific voyage, received by Banks from Monsieur Mornet, 6 January (?) 1772 (Series 06.170) - No. 0001 Banks Document 06.170
Banks Papers Letter of application to join Pacific voyage, received by Banks from Monsieur Mornet, 6 January (?) 1772 (Series 06.170) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.170
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Major de Cossigny, 17 June 1801 (Series 72.019) - No. 0004 Banks Document 72.019
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 42 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 68 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 73 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 89 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 90 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 8 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688

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