Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

Digitisation Project Brief - Ferguson rare maps


To provide access through the Library’s catalogue to the Ferguson Rare map collection. This project follows on from the 1998 Rare Maps Digitisation Pilot Project.


  • Digitise maps using a digital camera
  • Link images to existing catalogue records
  • Store digital images

Description of the material to be digitised

The Ferguson Rare map collection is the cartographic component of the Library’s collection gathered by Sir John Ferguson. The collection comprises approximately 920 maps of mainly the Sydney to Newcastle area of NSW.

It is anticipated that an average of 30 maps will be digitised per week. c80% of the collection requires conservation treatment and so digitisation may be done in parallel with the Tooley collection of maps.


NLA staff Other
Map Curator Researchers interested in early world and Australian mapping
Imaging Services Public
Digitisation Steering Committee Institutions with related collections and subject interest
Preservation Services  
Digitisation Project team  

Program of work

Item Date completed or time period
Preservation assessment January 2002
General condition survey January 2002
Treatment From May 2002
Digitise with digital camera From July 2002
Delivery to Imaging services & return to maps From July 2002
Quality check images From July 2002

Project Team

Imaging Services
Digitisation Project team
Map Collection
Preservation Services
IT coordination

Contact officer: Maura O'Connor


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