The AIATSIS Collections role is to develop, maintain and preserve well-documented collections and to provide the best possible access to clients.
AIATSIS welcomes offers of unpublished materials relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. We accept photographs, sound recordings, film, video, ephemera and print materials, including manuscripts, personal papers, diaries, field notebooks and theses. All materials are assessed for suitability against our Collections Development Policy before acceptance. The Collections Development Policy sets out our collecting priorities and preferred formats. By lodging your material at AIATSIS, you will ensure its longevity and accessibility into the future. We regularly receive materials from Indigenous organisations and families, researchers, and the general public. AIATSIS will occasionally accept offers of published print materials that are otherwise hard to come by.
Canberra ACT 2601
If we are unable to make an assessment based on the written description, we may ask you to send the material in.
Once your material has been accepted, we will ask you to complete a Deed of Gift. If you would like to transfer copyright to AIATSIS or assign a license for us to use the material in ways normally reserved by the copyright owner, you should also complete a Copyright Deed.
AIATSIS has a wealth of experience in the ethical management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, including secret/sacred material and other sensitive information. We ask all donors to alert us to potentially sensitive content to ensure it is handled appropriately.