Archives collections

The archives available for research at the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) all relate to the Northern Territory (NT). Most of the archives were created within the NT.

The NTAS archives collection is made up of three broad categories:

  • Northern Territory (NT) Government archives
  • community archives
  • oral history archives.

These archives have a range of access and copyright conditions. 

For more information read the information leaflets on conditions of access in archives and copyright in archives.

NT Government archives

The NTAS holds NT Government archives that have been created since the government's establishment in 1978. 

The NTAS also holds archives created by the NT Government's predecessors. From 1863 to 1910, the NT was administered by the South Australian (SA) Government. Some Territory archives created by the SA Government are now held at the NTAS while some remain in SA.

From 1911 to 1978, the NT was administered by the Federal Government. Federal archives relating to the functions which the Commonwealth transferred to the NT Government upon self-government in 1978 are now held at the NTAS. 

Community archives

The NTAS is responsible for the preservation and availability of non-government archives, which it collects from the wider Territory community.

These archives are deposited by a range of individuals who have been active in the Territory, as well as:

  • community groups and organisations
  • businesses and companies
  • churches and missions
  • political parties
  • sporting clubs
  • trade unions
  • professional associations.

Some community archives date back to the 1840s.

Types of community archives from individuals can include diaries, manuscripts, photographic prints and slides, scrapbooks, maps, letters and personal papers.

Types of archives of organisations can include reports, minutes of meetings, correspondence, policy files, publicity material, journals, legal documents, plans and posters. 

Read donating to community archives for more information.

Oral history archives

A large collection of oral history archives is also available for research.

Developed by the NTAS Oral History Program, this collection includes recordings of interviews with a diverse range of people about Territory life and history.

A lot of this material is also available in transcripts.

Most interviews have been recorded since the 1970s and feature recollections of the Territory dating back to the late 19th century.

Go to oral history for more information.

Last updated: 11 October 2017