Tasmanian heritage collections

The State Library of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Archives collect a wide range of contemporary and historical material that documents the story of Tasmania.

Our collections include:

  • printed and electronic books
  • newspapers and journals
  • government records
  • manuscripts
  • photographs
  • works of art
  • maps and plans
  • websites
  • ephemera
  • films and sound recordings.

The Tasmanian Archives preserves Tasmania’s documentary heritage, including the records of Tasmanian business and community organisations, individuals and families, as well as the Tasmanian government. The State Library collects Tasmanian publications in all formats, printed and electronic. We collect material for its:

  • research value
  • historic associations
  • social and cultural significance.

Tasmanian publishers are required to give the State Library one copy of everything they publish.

We manage two significant donated collections.

Tasmanian Government records

We keep records that:

  • are evidence of the authority, foundation and machinery of government and public sector bodies
  • record significant government decisions and their impact
  • provide evidence of legal status and entitlements of individuals and groups. Examples include birth, death and marriage registrations, land ownership and probate
  • are a valuable cultural resource
  • protect or help the well-being of the community

We provide access to government records in line with the Archives Act 1983 (Tas).

The Office of the State Archivist has detailed guidance and advice.


Clients can access archival and heritage collections:

Launceston Library also holds a collection of manuscripts and photographs relating to northern Tasmania, and early printed books.

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