About the Collection
The AIATSIS collection is highly significant both as a keeping place for culturally significant material and as a resource for anybody looking to improve their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
Caring for the Collection
We care for a growing collection of more than one million items including film, sound, photographs, art and objects, manuscripts and books, all dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
Donate to the Collection
We welcome donations of unpublished materials relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, culture, knowledge, and experience. We accept photographs, sound recordings, film, video, ephemera, and print materials, including manuscripts, personal papers, diaries, field notebooks, and theses.
Languages at AIATSIS
Most of the estimated 250 Australian languages and 600-700 dialects are represented in our unrivalled language holdings. The AIATSIS Indigenous Australian Languages Collection includes published and unpublished material across a range of formats such as print, manuscript, audio and audio visual, posters, maps, serials and born digital.
Jimmy Pike was a Walmajarri man of the Great Sandy Desert and prolific artist intent on sharing his knowledge and love of his desert home. AIATSIS holds the largest collection of Jimmy Pike’s original artworks which includes over 440 individual artworks, many adapted by Desert Designs in the 1980s and 1990s into internationally renowned fashion.