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.

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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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Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 232 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 233 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 234 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 235 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 236 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 237 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 238 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 239 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 240 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 241 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 242 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 243 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 244 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 245 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 246 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 247 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 248 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 249 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 250 Macarthur Document 06.64
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 251 Macarthur Document 06.64

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Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832 Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 090 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 14:29
Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828 Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828: No. 01 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 14:26
Copy of a letter received by Friedrich von Humboldt from Banks,March 1798 (Series 73.054) Copy of a letter received by Friedrich von Humboldt from Banks,March 1798 (Series 73.054) - No. 0002 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 12:11
Copy of a letter received by Friedrich von Humboldt from Banks,March 1798 (Series 73.054) Copy of a letter received by Friedrich von Humboldt from Banks,March 1798 (Series 73.054) - No. 0001 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 12:10
Copy of a letter received by Friedrich Hornemann from Banks,16 January 1798 (Series 73.053) Copy of a letter received by Friedrich Hornemann from Banks,16 January 1798 (Series 73.053) - No. 0002 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 12:06
Copy of a letter received by Friedrich Hornemann from Banks,16 January 1798 (Series 73.053) Copy of a letter received by Friedrich Hornemann from Banks,16 January 1798 (Series 73.053) - No. 0001 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 12:02
Copy of a letter received by Lord Liverpool [?] from Banks,6 September 1797 [?] (Series 73.051) Copy of a letter received by Lord Liverpool [?] from Banks,6 September 1797 [?] (Series 73.051) - No. 0001 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:55
Copy of a letter received by Prince Dimitri de Gallitzen fromBanks, 16 June 1797 (Series 73.050) Copy of a letter received by Prince Dimitri de Gallitzen fromBanks, 16 June 1797 (Series 73.050) - No. 0002 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:38
Copy of a letter received by Prince Dimitri de Gallitzen fromBanks, 16 June 1797 (Series 73.050) Copy of a letter received by Prince Dimitri de Gallitzen fromBanks, 16 June 1797 (Series 73.050) - No. 0001 Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:35
Item 02: Kamilaroi, and other Australian Languages, by Rev. William Ridley, 2nd ed. (Sydney, 1875) Item 02: Kamilaroi, and other Australian Languages, by Rev. William Ridley, 2nd ed. (Sydney, 1875) - Page 83 Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 22:28