Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

John Mulligan collection

Project Brief | Cataloguing guidelines

General description of the proposed project

The John Mulligan collection comprises c2,000 4x5 inch black and white acetate negatives; 4x5 inch colour negatives, 4x5 colour transparencies depicting Australian life in the 1960s and 1970s. Includes religious life, portraits andsport.

Collection material of relevance to the project

All digitisation is to be from the original collection material. The whole collection is to be catalogued and digitised. The negatives will be discarded after digitisation.

Preservation care and handling guidelines

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General rules:

Treatments: This collection is made up of cellulose acetate negatives. These negatives are releasing acetic acetate gases. It is advisable the negatives be handled and scanned under the fume cupboard. Gloves and face masks are recommended. Headaches or dermatitis can occur. No treatment will be required.


IT requirements

No additional investments would be required from an IT perspective – scanning devices in the Digitisation Project work are 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 will be via the Pictures Catalogue and PictureAustralia service.

Resource requirements

This collection will be included within the 2002-2003 financial year digitisation work plan.


Digitisation of the Mulligan collection began in 2002 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2005.

Contact officer: Michelle Hetherington, Pictures Branch


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