About Finding Aids
Searching This Finding Aid
Searching Other Finding Aids
Printing The Finding Aids
The National Library's Manuscript Collection
Accessing Original Collection Items
Borrowing Manuscript Collection Items
Copyright in Manuscripts
The Digital Manuscript Collection
Using the Digital Manuscript Collection
System Requirements
Minimum Screen Resolution
Minimum Browser Versions

Navigation
Image Displays
Thumbnails
View
Examination
Interactive Image
Interactive Image Thumbnail
Tiles
Navigation Tools
Zooming
Browse Items
Browse Parts
Using the Select Set Menu
Using the Select Part Menu
Using Arrow Buttons
Interactive Image Zooming
Interactive Image Panning
Interactive Image Plug-ins
Breadcrumbs

Copying and Downloading
Printing Digital Collection Items
Print Button
Printing Through Your Browser
Printing Background Colours and Images

Citing Digital Collection Items
Persistent Identifiers
Item and Page Citation

Obtaining Higher Quality Copies
Publishing Digital Collection Items
Other Digital Collections
Feedback

Searching This Finding Aid

You may search digitised finding aids by using the search box located on the home page of the finding aid. Type in any search terms you wish to search for in this box, eg: diary, and then press the Go button. (Use more search terms to refine your search, eg: diary social events). This search is a keyword search.

If you would like to search for a phrase, please include the phrase in quotes. For example: "diary recording daily social events".

This search will only retrieve items or pages within the particular finding aid you are located in. To search all finding aids, please refer to the section on Searching Other Finding Aids.

To search within each page you will need to use the browser Find function. This will be the case if you are viewing a non-digitised Manuscript Collection Finding Aid, or if you navigated to a particular page from the search results of a digitised Manuscript Collection. Select the Edit menu, then select Find (or use Control + F) to locate the particular text string you are searching for.

 

Searching Other Finding Aids

To search other findings aids, return to the Manuscript Finding Aids home page. Type in the keywords you wish to search for eg: national prominence. If you would like to search for a phrase, please include the phrase in quotes eg: "national prominence".

Several hundred Manuscript finding aids are available for searching.

Printing the Finding Aid

To print a PDF copy of a digitised manuscripts colleciton finding aid, return to the home page of the finding aid and click on the link "Print complete finding aid".

To print single page (non-digitised manuscripts collection) finding aids, select the File menu and then select Print.

The Digital Manuscript Collection

The National Library’s Digital Manuscript Collection currently provides access to more than 2300 items, which have been digitised as part of the National Library’s digitisation program. The collection will expand over time as the National Library continues its special collections digitisation program.

The Digital Manuscript Collection includes the papers of Australia’s first prime minister Sir Edmund Barton (MS 51) and Australia's second prime minister Alfred Deakin, the correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks (MS 9) and Lord Sandwich (MS 7218), papers relating to Waltzing Matilda (MS 9065) and manuscripts of George Raper, midshipman on HMS Sirius. Other digital treasures include Captain Cook’s Endeavour journal (MS 1) and the William Wills diary (MS 30/7).

For more information on the National Library's digitisation program, please see: http://www.nla.gov.au/digital/program.html and http://www.nla.gov.au/digicoll/

Using the Digital Manuscript Collection

The National Library of Australia's Digital Manuscript Collection allows users to view and interact with manuscripts in a way that is as close as possible to the experience of using the original item.

System Requirements

Minimum Screen Resolution

To comfortably view the Digital Manuscript Collection, set the screen resolution of your monitor to 600x800 pixels or higher.

Minimum Browser Version

The Digital Manuscript Collection works best with any browser version numbered 4 or higher (Netscape Navigator 4.0 or above, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or above). You can upgrade your browser by going to the Netscape website or Microsoft website and following the prompts. These browsers are free.

Navigation

The Digital Manuscript Collection offers a range of navigation choices, including the ability to view images at different resolutions, and to move between the whole manuscript and tiles (sections of the manuscript) if the manuscript has been digitised in sections due to the size of the original.

Image Displays

Each manuscript can be viewed in a number of different sizes. The default image view is the 'Thumbnails' for single manuscript items, where up to 20 parts of an item can be viewed at once.

Thumbnails

Thumbnails are the default pages for items in the Digital Manuscripts Collection. Thumbnails are smaller image representations of larger images, designed to make looking at groups of images easier and faster. National Library thumbnails are created with a maximum height or width of 150 pixels.

Selecting the thumbnails display allows users to view up to 20 thumbnail images related to the digital item being displayed, and to navigate to further sets of 20 thumbnails for longer manuscript collection items.

Zoom in to view copies of manuscript images by clicking directly on the desired thumbnail.

 

View

View copies are designed to fit comfortably on a 600 x 800 screen, and to print to a standard A4 page. National Library view copies are created with a maximum height or width of 760 pixels.

Zoom in to examination copies of manuscript images by clicking directly on the desired view copy.

Examination

Examination copies provide a more detailed view of Digital Manuscript Collection items. Examination copies may require some horizontal scrolling on your browser to view different sections of the page, and will take longer to download, due to the larger file size. National Library examination copies are created with a maximum height or width of 1000 pixels.

Interactive Image

Interactive image

The interactive image allows for a more engaging experience of the books and serials. Choose the 'Interactive Image' button for even closer inspection of the book or serial item. Use the left-hand toolbar and the pan icons surrounding the book or serial to zoom in, zoom out and pan to different sections of the book or serial. To zoom in, simply click on the image. To pan around the image, click on the pan words (i.e. pan right) surrounding the image. Alternatively, there is a toolbar to the left of the image, which provides the zoom in, zoom out and pan options.

The pixel dimensions and zoom level of the book or serial are displayed above and below the interactive image. The size of the interactive image can be changed to match your screen resolution using the drop-down menu listing the available pixel dimensions. If you wish to change the size of the interactive image, click on the downwards-pointing arrow to choose the pixel dimensions. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser you may need to click the Go button.

In some instances, the first view of the book or serial may be smaller than the size of the interactive image window. In this case, click on the image once to zoom in.

Interactive Image Thumbnail

The Interactive Image Thumbnail, located in the top right hand corner of the page, can be used as a reference when using the interactive image. A red box outline on the small thumbnail of the whole book or serial indicates which section of the book or serial you are viewing. This box will change size depending on what the main interactive image zoom resolution is. Click on the thumbnail to move the red box to different places and navigate around the main image.

 

Tiles

Tiles

You can choose a tile view if the book or serial item was digitised in sections because of size. Tiles are images of sections of a book or serial. These are created when an entire book or serial cannot be digitised as a whole. In the tile view, you can use the dropdown menu to navigate between the image of the whole book or serial, the 'tiles' or sections of the book or serial.

Book and Serial tiles are referred to by a letter and a number which forms a grid, for example 'Tile a1'. Numbers represent the columns and letters represent the rows. 'Tile a1' is the top left-hand corner tile. 'Tile c2' is located on the third row, and is the second tile from the left.

Navigation Tools

We have included a number of navigation tools to help you move around within a manuscript or collection - and to know where you are.

Zooming

Use the Zoom buttons to navigate between view and examination copies of Digital Manuscript Collection items.

Zoom In

Click Zoom In to move from a view copy to an examination copy.

Zoom Out

Click Zoom Out to move from an examination copy to a view copy.

Browse Items

To browse through a series of manuscripts, item by item, use the arrows located directly to the right of the 'Browse Ieries' text. This allows you to move between each of the manuscript items in a particular series.

If you would like to view individual parts within a manuscript item you will need to Browse the Parts of an item.

Browse Parts

To browse through the individual parts (or pages) of a selected manuscript item, use the arrows located to the far right side of the page, to navigate. Alternatively, use the 'Select part' drop down menu to navigate to a particular page.

If you wish to browse through manuscript items within the series, you will need to Browse the Items.

Using the Select Set Menu

When viewing the thumbnails of a manuscript item with more than 20 parts, a 'Select set' drop down menu will appear. Use this Select Set drop down menu to navigate to thumbnails page views of the item.

Very large items may not have every set listed within the Select Set menu. For extremely large items, select the number set closest to the one you are interested in, and use the forward and back arrows to complete your navigation.

To use the Select Set menu, simply click on the downwards-pointing arrow and choose your desired page. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, you may need to click the Go button.

Using the Select Part Menu

For a manuscript item with multiple parts (multiple pages), a 'Select part' drop down menu will appear. Use this Select Part drop down menu to navigate to different parts within an item.

Items with many parts may not have every part listed within the Select Part menu. For large items, select the number closest to the one you are interested in, and use the forward and back arrows to complete your navigation.

To use the Select Page menu, simply click on the downwards-pointing arrow and choose your desired page. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, you may need to click the Go button.

Using Arrow Buttons

Arrow buttons can be used for browsing through a manuscript series, item by item, and also for browsing through each of the parts (pages) within an individual manuscript item. Four buttons will appear next to the 'Browse Items' text. To move through the items in the series, either backwards or forwards, or to navigate directly to the beginning or end of a Digital Manuscript Collection series, use these four 'arrow' navigation buttons.

Similarly, four navigation buttons will appear to the far right of the page. Use these to navigate thorough individual parts of a manuscript item one-by-one, either backwards or forwards, or to navigate directly to the beginning or end of a Digital Manuscript Collection item:

First

Previous

Next

Last

Interactive Image Zooming

To zoom into an interactive image, click directly onto the book or serial image. Otherwise, there is a toolbar containing the zoom in and zoom out buttons to the left of the image. To zoom out, click on the zoom out button in the toolbar.

At any stage the image can be reset to the original starting size using the reset button.

Zoom In

Zoom in

Zoom Out

Zoom out

Reset

Reset

Interactive Image Panning

To pan around the image, click on the pan words surrounding the image (i.e. pan right). There is also the option to pan in a diagonal direction by clicking on the small triangle arrows located in each of the four corners surrounding the image. Alternatively, there is a toolbar containing the pan up, pan down, pan left and pan right buttons to the left of the image. Use any of these buttons to pan around the image.

Pan Top Left

Pan top left

Pan Top Right

Pan top right

Pan Bottom Left

Pan bottom left

Pan Bottom Right

Pan bottom right

Pan Up

Pan up

Pan Down

Pan down

Pan Left

Pan left

Pan Right

Pan right

Interactive Image Plug-ins

A MrSID browser plug-in can also be used to view this page. To use this plug-in, click on the 'view with plug-in' button. If you don't have the MrSID. Sid plug-in, it can be downloaded for Windows computers. Viewing the interactive image using the MrSID plug-in provides similar zooming and panning facilities. However viewing with this plug-in also provides extra zoom and panning options: to be able to draw a box over any section of a book or serial to zoom into and the option to pick-up and drag the image with the mouse. These options are unavailable when viewing the image without the MrSID plug-in.

The MrSID plug-in displays small icons along the toolbar. These icons provide the means to navigate around the book or serial, click the required icon to make it active. From left to right they are: Zoom In, Zoom Out, Select Zoom (this provides the option of drawing a square box around the area you would like to zoom into), Pan (which allows the image to be dragged in the direction you require), Full View Image (which resets the image back to it's original size), Other Options and Help. If you are unsure of which icon to use, roll the mouse over the icon and the icon's name will appear in text. For further assistance with using the MrSID plug-in, click on the "?" in the plug-in toolbar menu. This will provide help from the MrSID plug-in website.

To return to the previous interactive image view, click on the "view without plug-in' button located to the left of the image.

View With Plug-in

View with plug-in

View Without Plug-in

View without plug-in

Breadcrumbs

'Breadcrumbs' track where you are, and where you have just been in the Digital Manuscript Collection site. Breadcrumbs provide links back to the sections of the website you have previously visited within a single session.

You can also use breadcrumbs to navigate: click on any of the words within the breadcrumb trail, and the browser will return you to that page.

Copying and Downloading

Please read the National Library of Australia's Digital Collections copyright statement on the copyright status of items available through this service.

Manuscript material that has been published on a website or in print is in copyright for 50 years after the first date of publication. Digital manuscript images available through this service are published items and may be saved or printed for research and study. If you wish to publish an image in any way, including as part of another website, you will need written permission from the National Library of Australia to do so. You may also need the permission of the copyright owners.

You may download images from the Digital Manuscript Collection for personal use, in accordance with copyright law. You may not publish images from the Digital Manuscript Collection without seeking written permission from the National Library of Australia.

To download a manuscript item on a PC, place your mouse over the image you would like to download, and click the right mouse button. Choose the appropriate “save” option for your browser (save picture as/save image as/save image). Then select a directory to save the image in.

To download a manuscript item on a Macintosh computer, place your mouse over the image you would like to download and then hold the mouse button down. Select the appropriate save option for your browser (save picture as/save image as/save image). Then select a folder to save the image in.

Printing Digital Collection Items

You may print Digital Manuscript Collection items for personal or research purposes. You may download, display a print and reproduce this content for personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form.

If you wish to publish an image in any way, including as part of another website, you will need written permission from the National Library of Australia to do so. You may also need permission from the appropriate copyright owners.

Print Button

If you are using a PC, you may print the current page you are viewing by clicking on the "Print" icon. This will print the page exactly as you see it. If you are using a Macintosh computer, you may need to print a single page through your browser print option.

Printing Through Your Browser

You may also print a single page of the item using the print option in the file menu of your browser software. The printed results will vary according to your browser and page set-up. We advise that you print the View Copy of the page as these dimensions have been designed to fit a standard A4 page.

Printing Background Colours and Images

If you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, you will need to make a change to your settings if you want to print the background colours and images of this website. Select the Tools Menu and then select Internet Options. Click the Advanced Option and scroll until you locate the Printing section. Tick the box marked 'Print background colours and images'.

Citing Digital Collection items

Online resources need to be cited correctly if you have used them for your research. The Digital Manuscript Collection provides detailed information to allow you to cite at either a broad item level, or at a particular image view level.

Persistent Identifiers

The National Library of Australia uses persistent identifiers (PI's) as a permanent naming scheme for Internet resources. Persistent identifiers for whole items - or for pages or images within an item – mean that URLs you include in your research references will always be 'live', even if there is a change in the way the National Library's Digital Collection is stored and made accessible.

For more information regarding the National Library of Australia's persistent identifier scheme, please read: http://www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/persistence.html

Item and Page Citation

To cite an entire digital item, page citation reference at the bottom of the first page displayed for that item.

For example:

To cite a particular page from the Digital Manuscript Collection, use the citation details located below each image.

For example:

To cite a particular view of a page - for example, if you wish to reference a handwritten annotation on a manuscript displayed through the Digital Manuscript Collection - reference the higher resolution examination copy.

For example, to cite a view copy page use:

For example, to cite an examination copy page use:

Obtaining Higher Quality Copies

You may save or print images from the Digital Manuscript Collection for research and study. You may also order higher quality copies of manuscripts by contacting the Manuscript Section. This is a commercial service and a fee will be charged for copy provision.

Some items available through this service may still be in copyright. While the National Library may be able to assist with referrals to copyright holders, responsibility for ensuring copyright requirements are met rests with you.

Publishing Digital Collection Items

If you wish to publish Digital Manuscript Collection items in any form, including books, journals, other websites or merchandise (e.g. postcards), you must, in the first instance, seek the National Library's permission to do so.

To publish photographic, digital images or photocopies of manuscripts available through this service, contact the Manuscript Section at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/assistms.html

Digital manuscripts available through this service are in copyright for 50 years after they were first published. If the item you wish to publish is still in copyright, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright holder or holders - usually the creator of the material or his or her heirs. While the National Library of Australia may be able to assist with referrals to copyright holders, responsibility for ensuring copyright requirements are met rests with you.

Other Digital Collections

Items from the National Library's collections are available through the online Catalogue, Digital Printed Music Collection and Digitised Map Collection. The National Library of Australia is releasing other Digital Collections as they become available, including items from the oral history collection.

Feedback

Please provide us with your feedback, comments and reports of any problems you experience using the Manuscript finding aids or Digital Manuscript Collection. Contact us by using the information found on the page: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/assistms.html

Requests for research assistance can also be directed to the Manuscript Information Services staff using the online form.