Search the world's largest collection dedicated to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
The AIATSIS collection is vast and covers all aspects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. Our published holdings bring together items that are otherwise distributed across a multitude of collections worldwide that are often difficult to find and access, particularly by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The archival collection comprises mainly unique or rare materials, including substantial amounts of pictorial images, manuscript titles, sound recordings, film cans, video titles and artworks and objects. The AIATSIS collection is of national and international importance, and is especially valued by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples whose cultural and intellectual property it embodies.
A large number of unpublished and unique materials held by AIATSIS were created by its own research grantees. Very few of these items were created with public access in mind and as at 2014 access to approximately a quarter of our unpublished sound and moving image recordings was restricted in some way, often due to secret / sacred or personal content. Just over 10 per cent of manuscript materials are restricted on the same basis.
Manuscript, books, serials, photographic, and audiovisual materials
Search Mura® for manuscript, books, serials, photographic, and audiovisual materials. Mura is a word from the Ngunnawal language meaning pathway.
Art and Object collection
This collection reflects the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression. The collection includes drawings, paintings, textiles, weavings, woodcarvings, and mixed-media objects.
AUSTLANG provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The core of AUSTLANG is a database which assembles information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from a number of sources.