Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

Digitisation Project Brief - Rex Nan Kivell maps


To provide access through the Library’s catalogue to the Nan Kivell (NK) rare map collection. This project follows on from the 1998 Rare Maps Digitisation Pilot Project.

The Nan Kivell material represents one of the Library's premier collections and this project would contribute to digitisation already undertaken or proposed of the pictorial component. The digitised collection material is delivered to users as part of the Library's digital collections.


It is anticipated that an average of 20 maps will be digitised per week.

Description of the material to be digitised

The Nan Kivell rare map collection is the cartographic component of the Library’s collection gathered by Sir Rex de Charembac Nan Kivell during the first half of the 20th century.

The material to be digitised consists of approximately 850 paper based and linen-backed maps of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and World issued prior to 1900. Significant cartographers include Ortelius, Goos, Hondius, Coronelli and Sanson. Subjects include general maps, town plans, geological maps, exploration and land tenure.


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  
Special Materials Cataloguing  

Program of work

Item Responsibility Date completed or time period
Preservation assessment Preservation Services September 2001
General condition survey Digitisation Project team leaders October 2001
Treatment Digitisation Project team leaders From February 2002
Digitise with digital camera Imaging Services To July 2002
Delivery to Imaging services & return to maps Maps Section To July 2002
Quality check images Maps Section To July 2002


Project owner/Driver David Toll and Margy Burn
Project manager Maura O’Connor
Key information sources Maura O’Connor, Preservation services, Digitisation team (?), IT, Imaging Services
Constraints Digitising must be done in Imaging Services


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