Transcribing the Library's collections

You are here

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.

    Register now

  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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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.
14% Available for transcription
Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
2% 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...
64% Available for transcription
  • Not yet started
  • Partially transcribed
  • Most recent edits
Collection Page Document ID
Banks Papers Coinage', 1797 - 1798 (Series 84.06) - No. 0020 Banks Document 84.06
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0004 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0005 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0006 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0007 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0008 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0009 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Report concerning colonial currency in Antigua and Gibraltar,1803 - 1804 (Series 84.08) - No. 0010 Banks Document 84.08
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0001 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0004 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0005 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0006 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0007 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0008 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0009 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0010 Banks Document 84.10

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 03: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 13 Fighting Weapons, 1904-1906 - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331 / vol. 3 / Item 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 03: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 13 Fighting Weapons, 1904-1906 - Page 45 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331 / vol. 3 / Item 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 02 Item 02: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 9 Burial Ceremonies and Disposal of the Dead, 1904-1906 - Page 7 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 2/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 35 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 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 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 13 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 14 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 15 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 16 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 17 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 18 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 19 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 13 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 15 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 154 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 155 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 156 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 157 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1

Pages

Document Page Updated date
on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0014 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 17:13
on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0013 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:46
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:28
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:27
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:23
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:22
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:20
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:19
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:18
Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:12