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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information

Detail of Walter Vernon’s design for National Art Gallery, Sydney, proposed completed building showing front elevation, 22 July 1896, Art Gallery of New South Wales archive

Art Gallery of NSW administration archive

The Art Gallery of NSW archive holds the administrative records of the Gallery from the 1870s to the present day. These can be grouped in the following categories:

  • The Trust – includes minutes, reports, resolutions, etc
  • The Directorate – includes appointment records and director reports and papers
  • Correspondence – includes government, foreign, general and acquisition correspondence
  • Finance and administration – includes ledgers, cash books, insurance records, sale books, audit records, etc
  • Visitors – includes copy and visitor books
  • Exhibitions – includes exhibition files, installation photographs, proposals, etc
  • Prizes and scholarships – includes the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, travelling scholarships, etc
  • Acquisition, registration and deaccession – includes accession registers, location registers, journals, worksheets, wills and bequests, outward and inward loan registers, copyright, deaccession registers, etc
  • Conservation – includes reports, ledgers, etc
  • Photographs – archival photographs of the building, collection and staff
  • The building – includes architectural plans and drawings, etc

For a complete listing of each category, you’ll need to consult the three-volume guide in the library.

For more information about accessing the archive at the Gallery, see Visiting the archive.

Are you planning to visit?

Although general access to the library and archive is not currently possible, researchers can make an appointment to visit, specifying the resources they wish to use in advance, with at least two days’ notice.
10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday
Tel 02 9225 1785

Read the latest visit information

Contact the library and archive

Tel 02 9225 1785

Make a reference enquiry
Archive access application form (PDF 60.5 KB)