Search Collection

AIATSIS holds the world's largest collection dedicated to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

Art and Object


Vicki West, Armour, 2018.

The Art and Object collection reflects the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression.

The collection includes drawings, paintings, textiles, weavings, woodcarvings, and mixed-media objects.

Search Art and Object »


Images of various books

Mura is a word from the Ngunnawal language meaning pathway.

Search Mura for manuscript, books, serials, photographic, and audiovisual materials.

Search Mura® »


AUSTLANG map of Australia

AustLang provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

The core of AustLang is a database which assembles information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from a number of sources.



The digitised component of the Photographic collection dates from the late 1800s to the present day.

Subjects range from documenting significant events, people and places to capturing daily life.

Search Photographic »


Decorative data layers infographic

The provision of datasets to explore and reuse in research and creative pursuits aims to support the resurgence of culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all parts of the country.

View Datasets »

Finding Aids (Audio, Manuscript and Moving Image)

Road sign pointing to Audio, Manuscripts, Moving image

Finding aids are tools to help find particular items or content within large collections. They include lists or descriptions of the contents, and contextual information. Finding aids have been created for a large number of Manuscript and Audiovisual collections.

Search for a Finding Aid »