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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.

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  3. Choose one of our available collections below, and jump in. Happy transcribing!

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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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John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 311 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 18:35
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 122 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 16:41
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 121 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 16:28
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 120 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 14:36
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 119 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 14:25
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 118 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 14:05
Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 077 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 02:42
Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 076 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 02:41
Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820 Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 024 Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 22:30
Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820 Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 022 Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 22:08