Indigenous Language Manuscripts

Indigenous language manuscripts are housed in state, national and private collections across Australia and overseas. They can be difficult to access or know where to start. The Nyingarn Project works with its partner organisations (AIATSIS, National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Western Australia and the Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide) to identify and make accessible early language material. We are also building relationships with other state libraries and archives, language centres and peak bodies. Below are some resources and collections to help you get started. Some collections have listed their material with their AUSLANG codes helping to identify languages within the manuscript.

Rediscovery Indigenous Languages Project, State Library of NSW
National Library of Australia Indigenous Resources
AIATSIS Collection Search
State Library of WA Aboriginal Collections
State Library of SA Indigenous Collection
State Library of Queensland First Nations Resources
The University of Sydney online resources
AIATSIS Auslang Codes
First Languages Australia resources