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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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.
2% Available for transcription
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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Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0051 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 17:11
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:53
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:47
Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:35
Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:31
Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:30
Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:29
Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:23
Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:21
Letter received by Banks from the Navy Office, 12 March 1805 (Series 67.13) Letter received by Banks from the Navy Office, 12 March 1805 (Series 67.13) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:17