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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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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.
70% Available for transcription
Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
11% 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
Letter received by Banks from an unknown correspondent inTobago, 23 June 1810 (Series 20.78) Letter received by Banks from an unknown correspondent inTobago, 23 June 1810 (Series 20.78) - No. 0003 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 18:13
Unsigned note received by Banks, 1 October 1769 (Series 06.104) Unsigned note received by Banks, 1 October 1769 (Series 06.104) - No. 0001 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:59
Letter received by Banks from Nicolas Novossiltzoff, President,St Petersburg Academy, 4 January 1803 (Series 72.127) Letter received by Banks from Nicolas Novossiltzoff, President,St Petersburg Academy, 4 January 1803 (Series 72.127) - No. 0002 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:53
Unsigned letter received by Banks, 29 November 1771 (Series 06.103) Unsigned letter received by Banks, 29 November 1771 (Series 06.103) - No. 0003 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:42
Letter received by Banks from Nicolas Novossiltzoff, President,St Petersburg Academy, 4 January 1803 (Series 72.127) Letter received by Banks from Nicolas Novossiltzoff, President,St Petersburg Academy, 4 January 1803 (Series 72.127) - No. 0001 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:40
Unsigned letter received by Banks, 29 November 1771 (Series 06.103) Unsigned letter received by Banks, 29 November 1771 (Series 06.103) - No. 0002 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:38
Unsigned letter received by Banks, 29 November 1771 (Series 06.103) Unsigned letter received by Banks, 29 November 1771 (Series 06.103) - No. 0001 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:31
Letter received by Banks from Thomas Andrew Knight, 4 October1819 (Series 72.106) Letter received by Banks from Thomas Andrew Knight, 4 October1819 (Series 72.106) - No. 0003 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:25
Incomplete unsigned note received by Banks, ca 1772 (Series 06.102) Incomplete unsigned note received by Banks, ca 1772 (Series 06.102) - No. 0001 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:23
Unsigned memorandum received by Banks titled 'A person who intends to examine the mineral Substances of any Country ought to have...', ca 1772 (Series 06.101) Unsigned memorandum received by Banks titled 'A person who intends to examine the mineral Substances of any Country ought to have...', ca 1772 (Series 06.101) - No. 0002 Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:13