Copyright & collecting

Permission to Publish

The Library is releasing the World War I diaries and journals in the spirit of State Librarian (1912 - 1942) William Ifould’s European War Collecting Project: that they were collected as a national record, and that they should be open and accessible to all Australians.

The Library’s World War I Collections are made available for research and study purposes. You can download, share and distribute this material, including diaries and their transcripts. However if you wish to use these diaries for commercial benefit or gain, you must first seek the written permission of the State Library.

Please ensure that the name of the diarist remains attached to the diary, and that you reference that the original is in the collections of the State Library of NSW, giving a link where applicable.

Read more information on publishing and permissions.
Read more information about copyright.

Takedown Policy

If you are a rights holder and are concerned you have found material on our website for which you have not been given permission, we will remove it. Please contact us with your:

  • Your contact details
  • Full details about the material and exact url
  • Proof that you are the rights holder

 Do you have material for our collections?

The Library is always interested in adding to the World War I collections. Our focus is on diaries, letters, photographs, maps, books, posters, artwork and small personal objects which give insight to the personality or history of the service men or women.

If you wish to offer material or have an enquiry about donations please contact us.

We are interested in all experiences of war and are particularly interested in less well documented areas including:

  • Indigenous servicemen and women
  • The home front including the experiences of  children and  families
  • Internees and those affected by the politics of war
  • Objects such as medals and souvenirs only if they are part of a larger collection of material including letters, photographs etc.

We will assess offers on a case by case basis but will consider the following criteria:

  • Physical condition
  • Relevance to our collections
  • Original material rather than copies.

Material of a personal nature such as diaries, letters and photographs may have a special significance for your family. You should consider carefully your offer of material. You will be asked to confirm that you are the sole owner/s of the items and that you have the authority to donate those items to the State Library.

The Library does not accept offers of material on a temporary basis or photocopies of original items. 

If you have any questions or feedback please contact us.

Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

Ph: +61 2 9273 1414
Fax: +61 2 9273 1255

State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street,
Sydney NSW 2000,

Media Enquiries