Blog: Archives and archiving
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In July 2017, the Pallottines donated a collection of material to AIATSIS relating to the Mission, hostel and school that had been operating in Tardun, WA, from 1948 to 2004. A portion of this collection included the student files that had been kept and maintained in relation to Aboriginal children who had been staying in the hostel and attending the school.
The AIATSIS Collection holds a very precious copy of what is considered to be the first known use of written English by an Aboriginal Australian.
AIATSIS staff travelled to the Kiwirrkurra community to run the first workshop of a pilot project – ‘Keeping the Desert Stories Alive’
How does it feel to hold a real piece of cold war spy equipment in your hands? For our skilled audio technicians, it’s all in a day’s work.
For many years, AIATSIS has been looking after Arthur Capell’s archive of over 230 reels that contain language recordings.
Archives, or manuscript collections, form over time. In the process, a structure develops, a shape which reflects the way the content has been created and organised.