State Records New South Wales, Sydney Reading Room

Identity area



Authorized form of name

State Records New South Wales, Sydney Reading Room

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


Contact area


Public Access



Street address

2 Globe Street, The Rocks 2000

Postal address:
As above



Country name

Postal code


(02) 9673-1788


(02) 9833-4518


Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Director

See also: State Records New South Wales - Western Sydney Records Centre

State Records New South Wales - Armidale Repository

State Records New South Wales - Broken Hill Repository

State Records New South Wales - Newcastle Repository (1)

State Records New South Wales - Newcastle Repository (2)

State Records New South Wales - Wagga Wagga Repository

State Records New South Wales - Wollongong Repository

Records management and collecting policies

To preserve records which:document government policy, determination and action; embody citizens' legal rights; and document information about their existence and identity. Records which are valuable for research on all aspects of the history and development of the State, communities, individuals, public administration.



Major holdings are available from the Western Sydney Records Centre and may be pre-ordered. Uncopied records are stored at the Western Sydney Records Centre.

Quantity: 60,000 shelf metres (2007/08 Annual report)

References: Gore, Richard 'Archives Authority of New South Wales: The First 25 years, 1961-1986' Descent 16/3 (September 1986).

Allen, Michael 'Administration of public archives to 1988' APILS

(March 1988).

Finding aids, guides and publications

State Records NSW, Archives Investigator, on-line archives information and access system accessible at

State Records NSW, Photo Investigator, a searchable database providingaccess to each image and its descriptive metadata, which is linked to Archives Investigator

A current list of published guides are listed on the website at

Online indexes are at

State Records Authority of New South Wales, Guide to New South Wales State Archives Relating to Convicts and Convict Administration, Sydney:State Records Authority of NSW, 2006.

Archives Authority of New South Wales, Guide to Shipping and FreePassenger Records (2nd edition), Sydney: Archives Authority of NSW, 1984.

Guide to NSW State archives relating to Aboriginal people. State Records NSW 1998 (Online

Access area

Opening times

Services to the Public : Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 10am-4pm; closed Sunday and public olidays. Reference assistance available. Copying services for original ecords to A2, microfilms, photographs, maps and plans. Introductory rochures available. General reference assistance is available to eading room visitors with some limitation on enquiries by mail or hone. State Records online database (Archives Investigator and Photo Investigator) provides access to records and includes a facility to pre order records in the reading room as well as providing an online copy order service.

Access conditions and requirements

Minimum age 18 years. Application for access approved on the spot only for original records in the open access period. 2 forms of identity with signatures required. Closed period of 30 years applies to most records. Access to records not normally available for research can be gained by letter of authority from creating agency.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

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Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

2 Globe Street, The Rocks 2000 Postal address: As above