The Stanner Reading Room and Client Access rooms will be closed from Monday 11 to Friday 15 December 2023 to complete a full stocktake of print and published resources.
We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you can plan a visit to access our collection outside of this period. We encourage you to contact us by submitting an on online Request Collection Access form.
The AIATSIS Collection contains more than one million items, including books, audio, photographic, manuscript, moving image and art and object material, related to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
We are currently integrating a number of our Collection platforms into our main website. In the meantime, please use some of our different platforms to search and explore the AIATSIS Collection.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the AIATSIS Collection contains images, voices and names of deceased persons.
Mura is a Ngunnawal word meaning pathway. Search our collection catalogue for manuscript, books, serials, photographic, and audiovisual materials.
AustLang provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and people, including links to relevant material in Mura, the AIATSIS Collection catalogue.
Art and object
The art and object collection reflects the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression and includes drawings, paintings, textiles, weavings, woodcarvings, and mixed-media objects.