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Some material may contain terms that reflect authors’ views, or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded, but may not be considered appropriate today. These views are not necessarily the views of AIATSIS. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.

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The collection of over 2,500 rare and valuable books and pamphlets of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies is one of the major features of the AIATSIS Library. The collection contains early published works of ethnographic, anthropological and historical importance, including works containing sensitive cultural information. It is housed in secure environmentally controlled storage in the Institute's building on Acton Peninsula in Canberra.

Requests to read items may be made at the Library's reference desk and used in the reading room. A selection of items from the works is presented here.

"Portraits" presents a range of portrait images from the Rare Book collection.

"First Images" presents a range of early images from the First Fleet and early Sydney.

AIATSIS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.

We pay our respects to elders past and present.

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