Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

Richard Ledgar collection

Project Brief | Cataloguing guidelines

General description of the proposed project

It is proposed to selectively digitize the Richard Ledgar Collection of Photographs 1858-1910, which consists of approximately 421 photographs by numerous photographers such as J.W. Beattie, Charles Nettleton, Nicholas Caire, Samuel Sweet, E.G. Amos and the Bardwell's Studios. The photographs show public buildings and street scenes in Melbourne, Sydney, Bendigo, Ballarat and Hobart, and may also show country life in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Collection material of relevance to the project

The Richard Ledgar Collection contains a number of photographs already held in other collections by the National Library. It is proposed to digitize only those Ledgar images that:

  • Are unique in the NLA collections
  • Are in better condition than duplicate images already held and digitized by the National Library
  • Do not have a duplicate copy already digitized and mounted on the NLA web

All digitisation is to be from the original collection material.

Levels of use and users groups - current and expected

This proposal is for a new acquisition, which was not digitized on receipt, due to the lack of Imaging Services resources to process a collection of this size. and the foreshadowed, at that stage, change to direct digitisation from the original material (known as the "Scott Four Gap"). This material would help to support researchers interested in the history of Australian town planning, architecture of public buildings, and the history of Australian cities.

Bibiliographic coverage of the collection

There is a collection level record for this collection - AN23531623 - on the Library's catalogue and KiNETICA. The majority of the photographs in the Ledgar collection have captions printed by the publisher, and a caption list for the collection is available. This collection would be a candidate for the template and guidelines approach that has been used for other pictorial collections that have passed through the Library's Digitisation Project.

Preservation, care and handling guidelines

DISCLAIMER: The National Library of Australia disclaims liability for the use of the information provided in this page. The guidelines have been produced to aid Library staff in the digitisation of collection material. The National Library of Australia accepts no responsibility for the loss occasioned as a direct or indirect result of the use of the information in these guidelines.

The Ledgar Collection consists of four albums containing 171 albumen prints and approximately 202 loosely stored albumen prints in mylar pockets. Each print is adhered to a secondary card support. Most of the prints are in a stable condition. Each print is covered in a light surface of dirt and will need minor treatment. Digitisation staff can assist with this treatment.

General rules:

Treatment: 24 prints will need major treatment. Each of these prints will need tear repairs, dry surface cleaning and flattening. One of them will need a fill in an area of loss and another will need to be remounted onto a secondary support. Approximately 7 days is required to treat these items. To facilitate the scanning process, scanning staff may do minor treatments. Major treatments to any items are to be carried out by a conservator.

These items will benefit greatly when digitized, as handling of these items will be reduced.

Scanning: The AGFA Duoscan T2000 will be used for scanning.

Intellectual property or other rights

There is no known impediment to the Library digitising this collection material. Copyright has expired. The collection does not contain any ethnographic photographs of possible sensitivity.

IT requirements

No additional investment would be required from an IT perspective - scanning devices in the Digitisation Project work area could be employed. The digital images will be available as part of the Library's digital collections and managed within the Digital Collections Manager (DCM). Delivery to users wil be via the Pictures Catalogue and PictureAustralia service.

Resouce requirements

This collection can be absorbed within the 2002-2003 financial year digitisation work plan.


The digitisation of the collection will complement digitised images of Sydney and Melbourne that have been contributed to the PictureAustralia service by the state libraries.

Contact officer: Michelle Hetherington, Pictures Branch


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