State Library of South Australia

Donating archival or unpublished material

Archival records are generated by individuals, families, societies, or businesses in the course of everyday living. Material comprises paper documents, photographs, films, video or sound recordings, oral histories, maps, architectural plans, posters, parchment, artworks and computer disks. The Library accepts artefacts such as trophies or medals for the archival collection where they support documentary records.

Government records are held by State Records of South Australia (not the State Library).

The Library collects archival material of research value that is predominantly South Australian in content, or is by or about South Australians. Donating original documents is preferred but, if you wish to retain the original, copying arrangements can be made.

Donor Pack

We have compiled a Donor Pack that contains important information about donating material to our collections. It contains:

Use our online form to enter the details and conditions of any archival material you would like to donate.

Contact us for more information

Email: Archival Collection Development

Phone: (08) 8207 7280

Digital collections

The State Library of South Australia is a member of the NSLA Digital Collecting Working Group which is committed to "establishing common policies and guidelines for sourcing and acquiring materials such as data sets, digital media and personal digital archives."  As such, it has created the NSLA Principles of Digital Collecting and the NSLA Digital Collecting Framework which provide guidance for professionals and institutions on collecting born-digital materials.

The Preserving Your Digital Treasures clip from the State Library of Queensland provides further information.

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