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How to search the Collection


Mura is the AIATSIS Collection catalogue and is a word from the Ngunnawal language meaning ‘pathway’. Search Mura for manuscripts, books, serials, photographic, and audiovisual materials.

We have produced the following guides to assist you with using Mura:

  • Guide to Mura catalogue
  • Guide to Call Numbers used on Mura

Pathways thesauri

The Pathways thesauri contains the terms we use to describe the items in the AIATSIS Collections. It includes a thesaurus for subjects relating to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, language groups, people and place names.

Finding aids

Finding aids are tools to help find particular items or content within large collections. They include lists or descriptions of the contents, and contextual information. Aids have been created for a large number of Manuscript and Audiovisual collections.

Reading lists

Reading lists suggest material that relates to a particular topic. Some of this material is held in the AIATSIS collection, some is held by other libraries and some is freely available online:

  • Freedom Ride
  • Remembering the Mission Days
  • The 1967 Referendum
  • Guide to Alice Moyle Materials at AIATSIS
  • Guide to Treaty Materials at AIATSIS