Overview of the
Original Materials Branch
Our clients
On the steps of Town Hall, ca. 1927-1930 by Sam Hood, Home and Away 5926
Manuscripts
Joseph Banks Endeavour Journal, Volume 2, April 1770, p 242-243
Shane Gould’s Munich Diary, 1972, Location: MLMSS 7025
Oral History
Radio station 2GZ. Two men operating the panel and turntable, Sam Hood. Location: Home and Away - 8481
Pictures
Luke Sciberras in his studio at Hill End, NSW/ photographed by R. Ian Lloyd PXD 1090
Paintings
Looking west from the roof, 204 Clarence Street, 1986, painted by Jeff Rigby ML 1015
Photographs & negatives
Dr William Bland, ca. 1845. MIN 350 Public Housing, 2011, by Geoff Ambler. A5707 Online
Holtermann Collection
Charles Hall Medical College, Gulgong, 1870-1875
Watercolours, prints & drawings
Pilgrim Inn?, in Our trip to the Blue Mountains, N.S.W., 1860 by Mrs B. H. Martindale [Mar...
Architectural Plans
Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, Concord, PXD 593 and Arthur Baldwinson Residence Parkes Street,
T...
Realia
Leaves from Botany Bay used as tea, R 807 Parramatta Sunday School medal awarded to Ann
Hassall, 1822, R 191
Maps
Two recent acquisitions – Japanese maps of Australia, 1943
Plan of the township of Parramatta by G. W. Evans, Acting ...
Subdivision plans – suburban and town
Holt-Sutherland estate, Como, Railway Bridge, George's River.
Richardson & Wrench, 1...
Acquisition Process
Our catalogues
Maps catalogues
Thank you!
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  • SLIDE 1
    ROLE OF OMB:
     
    The Original Materials Branch comprises three sections – Manuscripts (which includes Oral History and Field Unit); Pictures; Maps. Our role is to:
     
    acquire new collections – through donations, purchase, or CGP
    process, catalogue, and interpret these collections
    manage their housing and storage
    make our collections accessible – which we do in a range of ways.
    Answer specialist enquiries from members of the public and other organisations
  • SLIDE 2 CLIENTS
    Wide range of clients who use our collections and services - local, Australian and international
    Family historians
    Local historians
    Authors & academics
    Professional researchers
    Tertiary & secondary students
    Tourists, self learners
    Others such as film makers, heritage architects, and transport buffs
  • SLIDE 3 Endeavour Journal
    COLLECTIONS: MANUSCRIPTS
     
    Storage: 11 kms of mss
    3 floors in both buildings, plus safe and offsite storage
     
    Core of the collection is DSM and Dixson bequests (bequeathed in 1952 - closed collection)
     
    Collection strengths:
     
    New South Wales
    Collections of colonial material (pre NLA so we have the really good stuff)
    iconic manuscripts relating to the history of Australia
    Example:
    Mitchell had a major competitor (Alfred Lee) who’s whole collection he purchased in order to secure this prize –probably the jewel in the
    Crown of Mitchell’s bequest: Sir Joseph Banks’ Endeavour Journals.
  • SLIDE 4 Shane Gould Diary
    Contrast this with the diary Shane Gould kept during the 1972 Munich Olympics. She was 16 years old.
    It records her attempt to cope with the gruelling training program, strict diet, and pressures of success.
     
    Other collection strengths
     
    World War 1
    Antarctica
    Literature and Writers and publishers eg Franklin and Gilmore
    Political parties and politicians
    Especially relevant is:
    local history
    Family history – eg church records, unpublished family histories and family bibles
     Keep us in mind when you get these inquiries – often we will have material that will supplement your own
    ***
  • SLIDE 5 ORAL HISTORY
    Oral history collections often give a voice to those who may not ordinarily have left a written record – eg
    interviews of migrants, builders on the Sydney Bridge
    11,000 hours
    Arranged by theme
    Preservation issues with old tapes and reel to reel. Concerted effort to digitise this
    collection now
    ***
     
  • SLIDE 6: PICTURES
    Paintings Photographs & negatives
    Prints and drawings Watercolours
    Architectural plans Objects or realia
    Medallions Miniatures
    Posters
    We hold the second largest collection of art in NSW after the Art Gallery of NSW.
    However, unlike the Art Gallery, we collect images for their informational content, although we do have many works of great artistic merit, and of course some quite famous images. A significant part of the collection is made up of works by amateur artists and photographers.
    Some of our collection strengths:
    Pacific exploration & colonisation Photographic collections
    Colonial art Architectural plans
    Portraiture Black & white art – cartoons and caricature
    Other States and Pacific:
    While collection focuses on NSW we also have strong 19th century holdings for other Australian
    states and Pacific region
    ***
  • SLIDE 7: PAINTINGS
    Over 2,000 paintings including:
    portraits
    landscapes
    built environment
    social events & activities
    ***
  • SLIDE 8: PHOTOGRAPHS AND NEGATIVES
    Over 1.2 million photographs (half are negatives)
    Image on the left is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia (1845).
    Image on the right is some of the latest “born digital” images we are receiving
    Variety of formats – daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, glass negatives, slides, photographic prints, and born digital
  • SLIDE 9: HOLTERMANN COLLECTION
    One of our significant collections is the
    Holtermann Collection : photographs of goldfield towns in N.S.W. and Victoria; Sydney and Melbourne streets and buildings, 1871-1876
    Only a small percentage of the A&A Photographic Company’s output has survived, but 3,500 small format wet plates negatives (including extensive coverage of the towns of Hill End and Gulgong) and the world’s largest wet plate negatives, measuring a massive 1 x 1.5 metres, are held by the Library.
    Example of digitisation from Glass negatives
    Eg. http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=62063
  • SLIDE 10: WATERCOLOURS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS
    Over 130,000 prints & drawings held
    Both professional & amateur artists
    Preparatory sketches & finished works
  • SLIDE 11: ARCHITECTURAL PLANS
    Over 116,000 architectural plans
  • SLIDE 12: REALIA
    Over 2,500 museum type objects acquired because of their associational value
    Examples:
    commemorative ware
    locks of hair
    Textiles
    some medals
    Patrick White’s desk
    Tea leaves that the convict escapee Mary Bryant carried with her all the way back to England
  • SLIDE 13: MAPS
    There are about 200,000 maps
    Map formats include
    manuscript maps
    printed maps
    map series
    subdivision plans
    hydrographic charts
    Atlases
    digital cartographic data sets and CD ROMs.
    The Maps section acquires maps through donation or purchase and legal deposit
    Like pictures, acquisitions are considered on the basis of a map's historical and informational value.
    Geographic coverage is worldwide, with the main focus on New South Wales, then Australia, the Pacific region and Antarctica.
    Original manuscript maps include those of European explorers such as Cook, Flinders, Bass, King as well as maps drawn up from inland exploration.
    Perhaps our most well known map is the Tasman Map and you can see a reproduction of this built into the foyer floor of the Mitchell Library
    ***
  • SLIDE 14: SUBDIVISION PLANS
    Some of our most heavily used maps are the 40,000 subdivision plans we hold mainly of Sydney from the 1880’s to 1930’s - vital for local historians and family historians use them heavily too.
    We have a lot of other maps of use to local historians as well such as town maps and county and parish maps
    A few are digitised but all have bibliographic records and eventually all those records will be online
  • SLIDE 15: ACQUISITION PROCESS
     
    Donation – try and get people to do a basic sort and list of their collections – they are the experts after all
    Donation via Cultural Gifts program eg writers – 2 valuations and get a tax break
    Bequests
    Purchase – either with a member of the public or through auction and booksellers
      
    While we target particular subject areas to collect in, the acquisition process is unpredictable, we never know what is going to walk in the door.
    can be 1 box or 100
    free or big $$$
    so creates challenges on our ability to process, plan budgets and storage.
    An report is written for every acquisition detailing its significance in terms of our CDP.
    Volunteers : This is Steve, one of our army of volunteers who will value-add to the collection.
    Steve is an expert on Antarctic and whaling and he is sorting out a very messy but important collection on whaling and readying it for a cataloguing by a staff member. Other volunteers do work such as transcribing our WW1 diaries in readiness for the centenary exhibition in 2014.
    ***
  • SLIDE 16: Card catalogues
    CATALOGUING SYSTEMS
     
    Catalogues
    1910-1991 – card catalogues – 100 years of cataloguing so many idiosyncracies
    We also have a plethora of in-house guides and indexes
  • SLIDE 17: Front page and where to click
     
    1992 – Online - ACMS
     
    So to get the complete picture of our holdings you MUST check the online catalogue AND cards.
     
    E-Records
     
    E- records team are gradually putting more of our holdings from the cards online
    Briefer records but philosophy behind e-records is more product less process (approaching backlog with a shovel not tweezers) and getting at least something out there.
     
    E-Records also working on in-house guides and indexes and will also be linking these to the records putting these online
     
    Cataloguing is priority driven. For example:
     
    Is it highly significant?
    demand
    Being digitized
    Topical
    we have paid a substantial sum, we want to get it out there working for us.
     
    We also have to consider things like restrictions – which can be imposed by the donor and sometimes the library
     
    ***
  • SLIDE 18: ACMS
    GO TO CATALOGUE
  • SLIDE 19: MAPS CATALOGUE
    Maps (MSS and Printed) are accessible through the online webcat.
    Some are digitised and viewable through the webcat and where possible we have linked to the National Library’s digitised version
    We also have a card catalogue
    E-Records team are cataloguing both printed and MSS maps.
    We also have access to Historical Lands Record Viewer provided by the Land and Property Management Authority of NSW – which includes parish maps and Torrens Title information
    SHOW RESEARCH GUIDES
  • SLIDE 20 : END
  • Making connectionsomb

    1. 1. Overview of the Original Materials Branch
    2. 2. Our clients On the steps of Town Hall, ca. 1927-1930 by Sam Hood, Home and Away 5926
    3. 3. Manuscripts Joseph Banks Endeavour Journal, Volume 2, April 1770, p 242-243
    4. 4. Shane Gould’s Munich Diary, 1972, Location: MLMSS 7025
    5. 5. Oral History Radio station 2GZ. Two men operating the panel and turntable, Sam Hood. Location: Home and Away - 8481
    6. 6. Pictures Luke Sciberras in his studio at Hill End, NSW/ photographed by R. Ian Lloyd PXD 1090
    7. 7. Paintings Looking west from the roof, 204 Clarence Street, 1986, painted by Jeff Rigby ML 1015
    8. 8. Photographs & negatives Dr William Bland, ca. 1845. MIN 350 Public Housing, 2011, by Geoff Ambler. A5707 Online
    9. 9. Holtermann Collection Charles Hall Medical College, Gulgong, 1870-1875
    10. 10. Watercolours, prints & drawings Pilgrim Inn?, in Our trip to the Blue Mountains, N.S.W., 1860 by Mrs B. H. Martindale [Mary Elizabeth Martindale]), PXA2498
    11. 11. Architectural Plans Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, Concord, PXD 593 and Arthur Baldwinson Residence Parkes Street, Thornleigh, 1940, PXD 356, f. 1381
    12. 12. Realia Leaves from Botany Bay used as tea, R 807 Parramatta Sunday School medal awarded to Ann Hassall, 1822, R 191
    13. 13. Maps Two recent acquisitions – Japanese maps of Australia, 1943 Plan of the township of Parramatta by G. W. Evans, Acting Surveyor, 1813, Location: Z/M2 811.1301/1813/1
    14. 14. Subdivision plans – suburban and town Holt-Sutherland estate, Como, Railway Bridge, George's River. Richardson & Wrench, 1888. Location: Z/SP/C26/7 Maroubra Subdivision Plans, 1911. Location: Z/SP/M8
    15. 15. Acquisition Process
    16. 16. Our catalogues
    17. 17. Maps catalogues
    18. 18. Thank you!

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