Archive and Research Services

The National Trust (NSW) manages an extensive archive of rare photographs, maps, letters, sound recordings and many other precious items. This immense archive is a window into the state’s history and the places we care for.

Our archive team collects, preserves and manages hundreds of thousands of items that record important events in NSW’s built, natural and cultural history, as well as detailed records of National Trust properties. These archives are available for public use and are now easily accessible online. New items are being continually added to this online collection. If you have any queries about items from the archive, please contact us via the form below. Search the full online collection on eHive.



Explore the archive collection

The many stories in the archives range from pre-European history and early European settlement, to the formation of the National Trust and advocating for heritage. Take a deeper dive into the archives with these digisited collections.

Related content section

National Trust quarterly journals

Launched in 1961, the National Trust Bulletin is a wonderful resource for members and the public, providing rich details of our campaigns and issues over the last six decades, including the battles to save Macquarie Street, Customs House, The Rocks and more.


National Trust signature publications

Here's a highlight of essays on the history, conservation and management of garden heritage. Published in 1997, the National Trust's "Gardens of Heritage Significance" remains a highly relevant guideline to gardens of significance.


Oral history project

The new oral history project aims to capture the significant voices of heritage conservation in NSW. Each of these oral histories delve into a person’s life story, and are recorded as a long-form interview.


Saumarez digitisation project

The Saumarez Digitisation Project is digitising and cataloguing diaries, letters, photos and collection objects (furniture, textiles, artworks, clothing) including collecting oral histories. See the home of the collection, Saumarez Homestead.


Contact us

Archive and Research Services


National Trust Centre, Upper Fort Street, Millers Point


Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, by appointment only.
Contact Archives and Library Manager James Bosanquet

(02) 9258 0128
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