Donate a Cultural Gift

Make your own history by adding to the Library’s heritage collections. Private archives of personal letters, diaries, photographs, oral histories and other documentation are of interest. The material is conserved and where possible digitised and made accessible online. Our collections focus on the stories of Western Australians as well as Western Australia and our place in Australia and the world.

Visit Donations and Purchases for more information or contact the collections liaison team to talk about your story.

"My experience dealing with the State Library of Western Australia when donating the field journals and personal effects of my late friend Ken Shirley, was warm, personal and very professional. I have every confidence the State Library of Western Australia is now the best home for these personal items. Ken was born in Perth and as a meticulous prospector, discovered the Mt Windarra Nickel Deposit that sparked the famous WA Poseidon Nickel boom, of the late 1960’s."

Mr Noel Wearne, Donor

Donate money to support the preservation and conservation of the State Library Collections

Through consultation with the community and collaboration with partners, the State Library of Western Australia is continuously building its collections and evolving its services for the benefit of all Western Australians.

Recent additions to the State Library’s collections, now safely preserved and available today and for future generations include:

  • First World War letters, diaries, and autograph books from Western Australian service men and women.
  • Uniquely Western Australian photographs from Illustrations Ltd, one of Perth’s oldest photographic businesses.
  • Photographs and audio recordings from the Twa Burundi migrant community in Katanning.
  • Western Australian original music scores and performance recordings, forming the West Australian New Music Archive.
  • 30 original artworks created by Western Australian artist Robert Juniper for the children’s book Mason Judy, written by Trevor Todd. These artworks have been digitised and packaged into an interactive teaching program.
  • The development of an online archive ‘Storylines’ which brings together the rich collection of photographs, oral histories, historical documents, sounds and movies to reflect the many languages, stories and perspectives of Aboriginal Western Australia.
Last updated on: 19 July 2018