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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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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.
79% Available for transcription
Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
13% Available for transcription
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
68% Available for transcription

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The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...

Most recent edits

Document Page Updated date
Letter received by Banks from William Richards Jnr, 29 July 1791 (Series 31.05) Letter received by Banks from William Richards Jnr, 29 July 1791 (Series 31.05) - No. 0001 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 18:56
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. 148 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 17:50
'Statement of accounts up to December 1st 1806', 1 December1806 (Series 18.096) 'Statement of accounts up to December 1st 1806', 1 December1806 (Series 18.096) - No. 0001 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:26
'Statement of accounts up to December 1st 1806', 1 December1806 (Series 18.096) 'Statement of accounts up to December 1st 1806', 1 December1806 (Series 18.096) - No. 0002 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:24
Letter received by Banks from John Thomas Bell, 1 April 1789 (Series 24.04) Letter received by Banks from John Thomas Bell, 1 April 1789 (Series 24.04) - No. 0001 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:24
Order to pay issued by George Caley to Banks, 30 October 1804 (Series 18.094) Order to pay issued by George Caley to Banks, 30 October 1804 (Series 18.094) - No. 0002 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:13
Order to pay issued by George Caley to Banks, 30 October 1804 (Series 18.094) Order to pay issued by George Caley to Banks, 30 October 1804 (Series 18.094) - No. 0003 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:12
Order to pay issued by George Caley to Banks, 30 October 1804 (Series 18.094) Order to pay issued by George Caley to Banks, 30 October 1804 (Series 18.094) - No. 0001 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:02
Order to pay Mr Sykes, issued by Banks, received 14 June 1800 (Series 18.093) Order to pay Mr Sykes, issued by Banks, received 14 June 1800 (Series 18.093) - No. 0001 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:01
Invoice received by George Caley from T. Lindley, 13 February1800 (Series 18.092) Invoice received by George Caley from T. Lindley, 13 February1800 (Series 18.092) - No. 0001 Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 15:57