- Book Catalogue
The Book Catalogue contains printed books, including items held in our Rare Books Room and reference collections, bibles, ephemera including souvenir programs, pamphlets and brochures, maps, directories, newspaper clippings, CDs/DVDs, microfilm/microfiche sources.
- Journal, Magazine and Conference Catalogue
- Manuscripts Catalogue
The Manuscripts Catalogue comprises material from the collections of Captain J.H. Watson, Frank Walker, and many other sources, which includes information on people, places, events, family history, world wars, industry, ephemera, journals, photographs, etc.
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- Press Clippings
Incorporating material Mr & Mrs A.G. Foster and Captain J.H. Watson compiled between 1880s and 1930s, both collections highlight important historical events as well as the social history of Australia. The portfolio is comprised of newspaper clippings, souvenir booklets, programs, small monographs, illustrations, invoices and accounts, handwritten correspondence, lists, plans and notes, postcards and photographs, rail and tram tickets, invitations, and RAHS excursions. These volumes have been fully indexed.
The Serials collection is made up of magazines, leaflets, newsletters and journals of our affiliated and other societies. Entries are indexed by subjects e.g. railways, churches, etc. The Library has one of the largest collections of these resources in Australia. For the last few years we have received eNewsletters and journals, which, in time, will be searchable and accessible online. To download a list of Serials currently in the RAHS Collection click here. If you require further information on this collection then please contact the RAHS Librarian, Donna Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9247 8001.
- Photograph Collection
The RAHS Photograph Collecton is an accumulation of a vast number of images since the formation of the Society, providing a valuable snapshot of local and regional New South Wales.
- Glass Slide Collection
The Glass Slides Collection includes, among others, the donations of Captain James H. Watson, Percy W. Gledhill, Rae Else-Mitchell and Mr Arthur G & Mrs Josephine E Foster’s images, as well as images taken by Captain Albert W. Pearse during World War I.
Many members used these slides to illustrate the lectures they gave for the Society and to provide illustrations for the JRAHS.
- Frank Walker Glass Slide Collection
Inaugural member and keen photographer, Frank Walker, contributed approximately 2000 slides taken as his cycled 22,562 miles around NSW, Victoria and Tasmania from 1896 – 1905. Frank Walker also donated 34 books to the Society and was responsible for 48 manuscripts, 18 journal articles, and over 60 photographs. The glass slides provide an invaluable snapshot of NSW country towns for this period and his manuscripts and journal articles often detail his research.
- RAHS Image Library
The RAHS is in the process of migrating digitised images from its collection to a new image library database. The project is ongoing and has been made possible by generous grants from the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (2012) and the Office of Environment and Heritage (2014).