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 interested in acquiring:
Aboriginal collections: Material created by Aboriginal 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 are sought to redress the absence of these voices in historical collections and to introduce new voices into the collection. Personal accounts help us understand the history of the LGBTQI+ experience in Western Australia, including the rights movement and changes in social acceptance and attitudes towards sexuality and identity.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities: Materials capturing the experiences of people who have come to Western Australia under refugee and migration schemes or as asylum seekers. We hope to build on our collection of stories of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and document the changing profile of immigration in the State.
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.