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The RAHS is currently working on replacing its existing catalogue system which is no longer accessible online. As an interim measure, we have provided Excel spreadsheets containing catalogue information for all of our collections except the RAHS Photograph Collection: this Excel spreadsheet is currently under construction.

The Catalogues

Users of the RAHS Library catalogue should be aware that some materials contain terms that reflect views of the period in which the item was written or recorded. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in a historical context.

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Book Catalogue

The Book Catalogue is comprised of research and reference titles that specialise in New South Wales local and community history, as well as general works on New South Wales history, and includes publications; significant contributions held in our Rare Books Room; reference collections; ephemera including souvenir programs, pamphlets and brochures; bibles; maps; directories and almanacs; newspaper clippings; CDs/DVDs; microfilm/microfiche sources.

Last updated: 19 August 2021


Journal, Magazine and Conferences

Access indexes to the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society and History magazine and its predecessor, the Newsletter, and an index of Proceedings from RAHS Conferences 1964-1995.

Last updated: 14 July 2023


Manuscripts Catalogue

The Manuscripts Catalogue is comprised of material generated by historians and antiquarians from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Frank Walker, Charles H. Bertie, Henry Selkirk, Macleod Morgan, Captain J.H. Watson, Norman Selfe and many others. Items include ephemera, photographs, drawings, correspondence, diaries, lectures, theses, diaries and journals, maps, and plans – much of it original.

Last updated: 1 March 2021


Press Clippings

The Press Clippings Collection comprises 66 volumes of newspaper clippings; souvenir booklets; small monographs; postcards and photographs from the collections of Mrs Foster and Captain J.H. Watson gathered between the 1880s and 1930s.

Last updated: 10 September 2021


Glass Slide Collection

The Glass Slides Collection includes the donations of Captain James H. Watson, Percy W. Gledhill, A.W. Pearse’s WWI images, Else Rae-Mitchell, the Fosters’ images of the Devonshire Street Cemetery taken as it was being demolished in 1901, and the Bloxham collection from the 1890s–1930s documenting the Sydney CBD, the Central Coast, Illawarra, New England and Riverina areas.

Last updated: 6 September 2021


Serials Collection

The Affiliated Societies Serials Collection consists of journals, newsletters, bulletins, leaflets, magazines and annual reports unique to each society/organisation. The Royal Australian Historical Society has well over 500 Affiliated Society newsletters dating back to the mid-1930s and is considered a repository for these unique resources.

Last updated: 25 February 2021


Photograph Collection

The RAHS Photograph Collection 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.

This catalogue is currently under construction. Please contact library@rahs.org.au for further assistance.

Frank Walker Glass Slide Collection

Inaugural member and keen photographer Frank Walker contributed approximately 2,000 slides taken as he cycled 22,562 miles around New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania from 1896–1905. Frank Walker 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 New South Wales country towns for this period and his manuscripts and journal articles often detail his research.

This catalogue is currently under construction. Please contact library@rahs.org.au for further assistance.