The Library Archives are made up of two types of collections. Access is available to researchers by arrangement. In a small percentage of cases records are closed or require permission regarding culturally sensitive content. Please use the contact form to make an appointment.
This correspondence collection relates to Queensland Museum administration activities between the 1870s to the 1980s. These written records relate to the ongoing management of our collections and offer an insight into Queensland's cultural and natural history.
Items such as diaries, letters and personal papers also form part of the Archives Collection. A highlight includes the William McLennan Personal Papers Collection. This collection holds diaries, field notebooks and 200 pages of correspondence that record copious bird-watching observations in North Queensland. These sightings, recorded during 1906 and 1923, provide invaluable data regarding bird activity in the region. A digitised version of this collection is accessible on the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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Our Research Library based at Queensland Museum, South Bank holds unique collections including rare books and journals. We welcome external researchers by appointment.
Discover the books Queensland Museum's Research Library holds in their Rare Book Collection.
Discover several special collections containing original items and documents that are unique to Queensland Museum's Research Library.