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1. FreeA2A : Access to Archives

Great Britain. National Archives: The A2A database contains catalogues of archives held across England and dating from the 900s to the present day. These archives are cared for in local record offices and libraries, universities, museums and national and specialist institutions across England, where they are made available to the public.

2. FreeDirectory of Archives in Australia

Australian Society of Archivists Inc: Searchable directory of archives in Australia

3. FreeIrish Archives Resource

Heritage Council of Ireland: The Irish Archives Resource enables researchers/users to search for publicly accessible archival collections that are located in Ireland. It contains contains web links from each descriptive entry to repository home pages, detailed item level finding aids, databases, or digital objects.

4. FreeManuscripts Online Written Culture 1000 to 1500

: Provides access to a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500. The resources include literary manuscripts, historical documents and early printed books which are located on websites owned by libraries, archives, universities and publishers. Sister site to Connected Histories British History Resources 1500 - 1900 (available on eResources).

5. FreeMundus : Gateway to Missionary Collections in the United Kingdom

University of London: The Mundus Gateway is a web-based guide to more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom. These materials, comprising the archives of British missionary societies, collections of personal papers, printed matter, photographs, other visual materials and artefacts, are held in a large number of libraries, record offices and other institutions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

6. FreeNational Archives of Australia

National Archives of Australia: The records in the collection of the National Archives of Australia trace the events and decisions that shaped the nation. Papers of Governors-General, Prime Ministers and Ministers are held as well as Cabinet documents, Royal Commission files and departmental records on defence, immigration, security and intelligence, naturalisation, and many other issues involving the federal government. The main focus is on records created since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 however there are also some nineteenth-century records relating to functions that were transferred by the colonies to the Commonwealth government, including shipping and post offices. Most records in the collection are files, but there are also significant holdings of photographs, posters, maps, architectural drawings, films, playscripts, musical scores and sound recordings. War service records as well as other family history material is also held.

7. FreeNational Register of Archives (Great Britain)

National Archives (Great Britain): The NRA is a central point for the collection and dissemination of information about the nature and location of manuscripts relating to British history. It consists of over 44,000 unpublished lists and catalogues that describe archival holdings in the United Kingdom and overseas. The website provices online access to lists and catalogues which have been indexed according to corporate bodies, persons and families.

8. FreeNoel Butlin Archives

Australian National University: The Noel Butlin Archives contain the archives of business, trade unions, professional associations and industry bodies. Also includes significant Pacific content.

9. FreePacific Manuscripts Bureau

Australian National University: The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau copies archives, manuscripts and rare printed material relating to the Pacific Islands. The aim of the Bureau is to help with long-term preservation of the documentary heritage of the Pacific Islands and to make it accessible. The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau microfilm collection is the most extensive collection of non-government primary documentation on the Pacific Islands available to researchers. Information is provided on their collections of microfilm, photographs, audio recordings and printed collections. In particular, information is provided on the contents of their significant microfilm collections, the PMB Manuscript Series, the PMB Printed Documents Series, and the Oceania Marist Province Archives Series (OMPA).

10. FreePacific Research Archives

Australian National University: The Pacific Research Archives (PRA) at the Australian National University is the premier Australian centre for research and teaching resources on the Pacific. The PRA collects, preserves and provides access to unpublished and published research material from and about the Pacific Islands. A number of Finding Aids to this collection are available. The PRA collaborates with the ANU Archives, the ANU Library, the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia to develop the Pacific resources at the ANU.

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Our subject guides

"Mura Gadi : a guide to manuscript, pictorial and oral history materials relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the National Library of Australia"

Mura Gadi is an online guide to significant manuscripts, pictures and oral histories in the National Library of Australia relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples prior to 2003. Although it does not list the many books, periodicals and other publications in the Library relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, these materials can be found using the Library's online catalogue at http://www.nla.gov.au/catalogue/

"Guide to Selected Collections"

The Guide to the collections, edited by Clifford A. Burmester, was originally published by the National Library of Australia between 1974 and 1982. In it he made a survey of the library's collections by subject. This online Guide is an update of a number of the collections that appeared in the original publication, The entries give details about the individuals, families or organisations that assembled the collections, describe the size, scope and strengths of each collection, and summarise how they have been acquired, organised, catalogued or listed by the Library. While the majority of the collections described consist largely of Australian materials, there are also entries for significant Asian, European and North American collections. These descriptions are intended to complement the Library's catalogue and other finding-aids.