What's in the Archives

We hold permanent Museum records kept because they are valuable for legal, administrative or historical research.

Widows in Mourning, Uiaku, Collingwood Bay, PNG

Percy J Money © Courtesy of the Australian Museum

The earliest records include the Minutes of the Committee of Superintendence from June 1836 and Outward Letters books from 1837.

Other unique records held include manuscript and printed material, letters, minute books, financial ledgers, field diaries, research notes, administrative and exhibition files, photographs, maps, plans, drawings and illustrations, newscuttings, audio-visual material and historical museum artefacts.

In addition to the Museum's own institutional records, the Archives also holds some acquired papers and photographic collections from people who have been associated with the Museum or who have worked in closely related fields.

Contact Archives and Records for more information.

Other useful websites


State Records Authority of NSW - hold the archives of the state of NSW
National Archives of Australia - see their fact sheets on many archival issues


Rose Docker , Archivist
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