State Library celebrates a year of collecting

Friday 15 December 2017
  • Over 120 individuals and organisations contributed to the State Library’s heritage collections in 2017
  • Rio Tinto acknowledged for financial support
  • State Library launches Peer of the State Library, a donor recognition program.

Last night, the State Library of Western Australia hosted the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History anniversary function, an event to celebrate the past year of collecting and showcasing documentary history of the State.

Located on the third floor of the State Library, the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History houses the State’s oldest and most significant collection of heritage documents. Over its 61 years, it has become a vital source of primary materials for researchers, family historians and students.

The wealth and depth of resources continues to expand, with over 120 individuals and organisations contributing to the Library’s heritage collections in 2017 alone.

CEO and State Librarian Margaret Allen, commented on the diversity of the year’s contributions. “The donations represent an ever-increasing range of heritage documentation. From recorded oral histories to marriage certificates, DVDs, electronic ephemera, architectural plans, telegrams, company and community records, letters, diaries, passports, photographs, slides, moving and digital images, political campaign websites and original illustrations,” Ms Allen said.

Ms Allen also acknowledged Rio Tinto for its support of the State Library’s Mining and Energy WA Archive project. In addition to gifting historic material relating to the development of iron ore resources and communities in the Pilbara, Rio Tinto provided considerable financial support enabling hundreds of items to be available via the Library’s online catalogue.

Financial support enables the State Library to build its collections and to make them available to researchers, authors, historians, media and through exhibitions and online, to the people of Western Australia.

To encourage financial support for the collecting of and making available the State’s historic documentation, the State Library has launched a new program to acknowledge its donors.

The Peer of the State Library program offers special recognition to those who make significant financial contributions to the Library.

Ms Allen said, “making a personal investment in the heritage of Western Australia has lasting benefits for many generations to come. The Peer of the State Library program will foster a culture of annual giving that will ensure the State Library continues to make Western Australian stories accessible to all.”

The State Library hosted the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History anniversary function last night (Thursday 14 December).

Extra information: Peer of the State Library donor acknowledgement program

The Peer of the State Library program recognises donors who make an annual donation greater than $250. Peer contributions enable the State Library to continue to treasure the stories of Western Australia, collect and showcase heritage collections, develop and deliver literacy programs and encourage a love of learning and discovery within the community.

Platinum Peers will be recognised for having contributed more than $5000 per annum to the State Library.

Donations can be made online at

Last updated on: 15 December 2017