As well as documenting the history of the Western Australia, we also want to capture contemporary life: issues and events in cities and regional communities, changing workplaces, fads and fashions, and conflicts.
The Library is currently interested in acquiring personal collections and the records of organisations and interest groups that document these specific areas.
Indigenous collecting: Material created by Indigenous people, who have contributed, and continue to contribute to the life of WA and its communities, including photos and personal papers.
In collecting in this area, the Library is committed to following the below Protocols and Principles.
- ATSILIRN Protocols for Libraries, Archives and Information Services: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first peoples of Australian and the traditional owners, and these Protocols reflect the issues important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in regard to their materials held in collections. The Protocols are a guide to good practice for libraries, archives and information services.
- National and State Libraries Australasia Indigenous Cultural Competency Principles: Sitting alongside the ATSILIRN Protocols, these shared principles support NSLA libraries to develop practical and sustainable Indigenous cultural competency strategies appropriate to their community context and workforce requirements.
LGBTQIA+: Documents recording experiences of individuals, businesses, clubs, and organisations from the LGBTQIA+ community, relating to their personal lives and community activities.
COVID-19: Covid-19 related material, including photographs, diaries, unwanted flyers, posters, signs, mail-outs, any material which reflects the community response and changes to services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mining and energy: Material from organisations and individuals that demonstrate how WA has exploited its diverse mineral and energy resources and shaped our state’s economy, society and environment.
If you have material that may be of interest to the Library, on any subject as well as our current collecting priorities, please visit the Donations page.