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Archives In Brief (AIB) are fact sheets and are an excellent starting point for your research. AIB give you brief historical information on a particular topic, along with a list of the most relevant records in our collection. AIB do not provide entire lists of records relating to a particular topic, but give you practical tips and information to carry out your research.

Archives In Brief 1 - Shipping and arrival records

Highlights the key State records and available indexes, relating to passengers arriving in New South Wales, 1788-1922. While most of the records relate to passengers disembarking in Sydney, records of arrivals in other ports, that are held by State Records, are also included.

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Archives In Brief 4 - Inquest and coronial records

Describes the key records held by State Records relating to inquests in New South Wales.

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Archives In Brief 5 - Electoral rolls

Describes the key records held by State Records relating to electoral rolls in New South Wales. For further details researchers should consult Archives Investigator and Short Guide 1: Electoral rolls.

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Archives In Brief 6 - Local history research

Provides a brief overview of the major resources held by State Records relating to local history research.

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Archives In Brief 7 - Tracing your family history

Provides a brief overview of the major resources held by State Records in relation to family history research.

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Archives In Brief 9 - Your rights of access

Describes your rights in relation to public access under the State Records Act 1998.

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Archives In Brief 10 - Citing State archives

When you reproduce or refer to State archives in a publication or paper, you should cite them accurately. This will help other researchers to use them in the future.

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Archives In Brief 11 - Guidelines for publishing State archives

If you are considering publishing State archives, either entire documents or extracts therefrom, there are a number of important points to remember.

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Archives In Brief 13 - Reading room rules and procedures

Explains your responsibilities when using our facilities and in particular when you handle original (uncopied) State archives. Please remember our reading room staff are on hand to provide expert and professional advice to help you get the most out of your visit.

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Archives In Brief 16 - Enquiry and copying services

Provides information about the level of research advice offered by State Records, how to have research carried out on your behalf and how to access the State's archives outside our reading room.

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Archives In Brief 19 - Teachers

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to teacher employment in the Government sector between 1788 and 1979.

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Archives In Brief 20 - Police service records

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to police officers in New South Wales. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator, and Short Guide 10: Professions and Occupations.

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Archives In Brief 21 - Records relating to crew

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the movement of crew on ships visiting New South Wales and the mercantile marine in New South Wales.

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Archives In Brief 22 - Occupation of Crown Land prior to 1856

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the occupation of Crown lands in the period prior to 1856.

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Archives In Brief 23 - Land grants prior to 1856

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to land grants prior to 1856.

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Archives In Brief 24 - Shipping and arrival records - additional sources

Provides a brief overview of the sources held by State Records, other than those listed in Archives in Brief 1, that relate to immigrant arrivals in New South Wales. For instructions on how to find assisted and unassisted immigrants see Archives in Brief 101 (PDF) and Archives in Brief 102 (PDF).

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Archives In Brief 25 - NSW State archives relating to Aboriginal people

Provides a brief explanation of State archives that document the NSW government's interaction with Aboriginal people from 1788 until today. Additional records may be identified in A Guide to NSW State Archives relating to Aboriginal People, Archives Investigator, and State Records' other guides and finding aids.

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Archives In Brief 26 - Schools, 1788-c1979

Outlines the main records relating to schools, covering the period 1788-1979.

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Archives In Brief 27 - NSW State archives relating to the Boer War

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to New South Wales' participation in the Boer War.

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Archives In Brief 28 - A brief history of the Sydney Opera House

This AIB provides a brief history of the construction of the Sydney Opera House, including a chronology of events. It should be used in conjunction with Archives in Brief 30, which provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the planning, construction and opening of Sydney Opera House.

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Archives In Brief 29 - Deceased estate files, 1880-1958

Provides a brief overview of the main sources held by State Records that relate to the administration of the collection of death duties - Deceased estate files.

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Archives In Brief 30 - Records relating to the Sydney Opera House

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the planning, construction and opening of the Opera House. It is intended for use in conjunction with Archives in Brief 28.

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Archives in Brief 32 - Quarter Session records

This Archives In Brief provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the Courts of General and Quarter Sessions (generally referred to as Quarter Sessions) in New South Wales. Additional records may be identified in Archives Investigator under Quarter Sessions, Clerk of the Peace and Court of Criminal Appeal.

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Archives In Brief 33 - Chinese migration and settlement in New South Wales

A brief overview of the major resources held by State Records that relate to Chinese settlement in New South Wales. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator and the Departmental Special Bundle listings, which are available in the reading room.

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Archives In Brief 34 - Convicts' families

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the families of convicts and their arrival in New South Wales. This AIB can also be used in conjunction with Archives in Brief 1, Archives in Brief 2 and Archives in Brief 24.

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Archives In Brief 35 - Change of name

A guide for researchers who may have difficulty tracing individuals because they changed their name. It outlines some of the reasons for changes of name and, if the change of name has been registered, suggests where evidence of the name change may be found.

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Archives In Brief 36 - Theatres and public halls

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the administration of theatres and public halls in NSW. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

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Archives In Brief 37 - A brief history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

A brief history about the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is intended to be used in conjunction with Archives in Brief No. 38.

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Archives In Brief 38 - Records relating to the Sydney Harbour Bridge

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the planning, construction and opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. It is intended for use in conjunction with Archives in Brief 37.

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Archives In Brief 39 - What's in the Archives Resources Kit

A brief listing of the records in the Archives Resources Kit. Researchers should consult the Guide to Using the Archives Resources Kit. This AIB should be used in conjunction with Archives in Brief 40 Community access points and Archives in Brief 46. Holders of parts of the Archives Resources Kit.

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Archives In Brief 40 - Community access points

Addresses of the Community Access Points, a network of 40 organisations around NSW that hold the Archives Resources Kit.

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Archives In Brief 41 - The sporting heritage of New South Wales

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to sport and recreation. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

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Archives In Brief 42 - Aborigines Welfare Board, 1883-1969

A brief history of the Aborigines Welfare Board 1883-1969 and lists some of the records it created that are now held as State archives.

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Archives In Brief 43 - Aborigines Welfare Board Photographs, c.1919-66

A brief overview of the Aborigines Welfare Board (AWB); NRS 30, Photographs, 1919-66 held by State Records. Other records may be identified in A Guide to NSW State Archives relating to Aboriginal People, Archives Investigator, and State Records' other finding aids.

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Archives In Brief 44 - Aboriginal Schools 1876-c.1979

Outlines the main records held by State Records relating to Aboriginal Schools. Other records may be identified in A Guide to NSW State Archives relating to Aboriginal People, Archives Investigator, and State Records' other finding aids.

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Archives In Brief 45 - Passengers departing from New South Wales

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to passengers departing from New South Wales. State Records holds the official records of passengers departing from New South Wales. The earliest departure list is dated 1794 but, apart from the Ships musters, 1816-25, outward passenger lists were not regularly maintained until 1898.

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Archives In Brief 46 - Holders of parts of the Archives Resources Kit

Archives in Brief 40 lists the 40 Community Access Points in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. In addition to the these Community Access Points, a number of libraries hold parts of the Archives Resources Kit and these are listed here. Parts of the Archives Resources Kit were originally published as the Genealogical Research Kit. It may be advisable to check with the library as to its holdings prior to your visit.

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Archives In Brief 50 - German migration and settlement in New South Wales

A brief overview of the major sources in the State archives relating to German settlement in New South Wales.

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Archives In Brief 52 - Exploring Archives Investigator

Archives Investigator is the online archives information and access system which was developed jointly by State Records and the Council of the City of Sydney.

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Archives In Brief 53 - Curator of Intestate Estate Case papers

Provides information about the Supreme Court, Curator of Intestate Estates; NRS 13538, Case papers and selected related records.

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Archives In Brief 54 - An introduction to State Rail records

The bulk of the State Rail Authority's archival collection was transferred to State Records in 2000. This Archives in Brief provides a brief introduction to the collection, and how to access the records.

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Archives In Brief 55 - Court of Claims

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the Court of Claims. Other records relating to the Court of Claims may be identified in Archives Investigator and the guide to the Colonial Secretary Correspondence.

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Archives In Brief 56 - Shipwrecks

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to shipwrecks.

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Archives In Brief 57 - Hospital buildings

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to hospital buildings. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator See also the Guide to the records of the Government (Colonial) Architect 1837-c.1970 (Government Architect's Guide) and the Departmental Special Bundle listings, available in the reading room.

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Archives In Brief 59 - Child care and protection

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to child care and protection for the period c.1801-1912. Additional records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

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Archives In Brief 60 - Commissioners of Crown Lands

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the main records of the Commissioners of Crown lands and key related series.

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Archives In Brief 61 - Publicans' licenses

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to publicans licenses. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator and the interim guide Publicans Licenses, available in the reading room.

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Archives In Brief 62 - Lebanese migration and settlement in NSW

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Lebanese settlement in New South Wales. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

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Archives In Brief 63 - The Surveyor General's cartographic and related records

The cartographic records of the Surveyor General provide some of the most detailed and comprehensive descriptions of the nature use, agricultural potential and occupancy of land in the colony. This AIB provides a brief overview of the history of the office and identifies the major sources. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator. Records more than 30 years old are open to public access.

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Archives In Brief 64 - An introduction to the Colonial Secretary's correspondence

The long history of the Office of the Colonial (later Chief) Secretary, and its close association with all aspects of the administration of NSW, meant that it was responsible for the creation of records of major importance to all researchers. This AIB provides a brief overview of the history of the office and identifies the major correspondence series.

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Archives In Brief 65 - Colonial Secretary's Correspondence, 1826-1966

This AIB has been prepared to assist researchers in using the indexes and registers to the Colonial Secretary's correspondence, 1826-1966.

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Archives In Brief 66 - Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children

Provides a brief history of the Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children and identifies the major records held by State Records. Records more than 70 years old are open to public access.

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Archives In Brief 67 - The Wreck of the Dunbar

The wreck of the Dunbar, with the loss of 121 passengers and crew, is one of Australia's worst maritime disasters in peacetime. This AIB is based on the online display of the Dunbar.

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Archives In Brief 69 - Cemetery records

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to cemeteries. Researchers should consult Archives Investigator and Keyname Search for more detailed information. Records listed here are open to public access. For information about access to other records consult the Register of Acces Directions.

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Archives In Brief 70 - Photographs

A brief overview of the major series of, and indexes to, photographic records held by State Records. The series listed provide an example of the range of photographic records held. They include prints, negatives, glass negatives and lantern slides.

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Archives In Brief 71 - Records of the Colonial (Government) Architect

Lists the key records. Researchers should consult Archives Investigator, and the interim guide to the records of the Colonial (Government) Architect, which is available in the reading room, for more detailed information. Records more than 30 years old are open to public access.

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Archives In Brief 72 - Records of the NSW Medical Board

Lists some of the key records of the NSW Medical Board. Researchers should consult Archives Investigator as well as Short Guide 10: Professions and Occupations for more detailed information. Details about later transfers of records from the NSW Medical Board may be obtained from the staff in the reading room. Records more than 30 years old are open to public access.

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Archives In Brief 73 - Italian migration and settlement in New South Wales

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Italian settlement in New South Wales. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator, and the Departmental Special Bundle listings, which are available in the reading room.

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Archives In Brief 74 - Research and copyright

Outlines how copyright affects your use of State archives. It only provides general information and should not be used as legal advice.

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Archives In Brief 75 - Copying services

Information about our copying services. Most copying services are provided in-house by State Records. Some specialised copying services are outsourced to an external service provider.

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Archives In Brief 76 - Pupil records

Most of these records provide information relating to Orphan Schools, Industrial Schools and Government schools for admission purposes.

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Archives In Brief 77 - Divorce records

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to divorce and the procedures for accessing divorce case papers.

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Archives In Brief 78 - Access to records relating to Aboriginal people

Provides guidance on how to access records relating to Aboriginal people held as NSW State archives. It also provides contact details for accessing records relating to Aboriginal people held in other States and Territories.

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Archives In Brief 79 - India and NSW - Migration and trade

Overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to trade and migration between India and New South Wales.

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Archives In Brief 80 - County and parish maps

Overview of county, parish and town/village maps created by the Department of Lands and its predecessors. Related records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

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Archives In Brief 81 - Parish map preservation project

A brief overview of the Parish Map Preservation Project, a joint initiative of State Records NSW, the former Department of Information Technology and Management and the former Department of Land and Water Conservation (now Land and Property Information NSW).

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Archives In Brief 82 - Records of gaol inmates

Find out what types of prison records are available and how to access them.

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Archives In Brief 83 - Greek migration and settlement in New South Wales

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Greek settlement in New South Wales.

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Archives In Brief 84 - Probate packets

Probate documents include the last will and testament, and any codicils (additions or revocations to the will). A grant of probate is the authority given by the Supreme Court NSW to the executor(s) to deal with a deceased person's estate.

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Archives In Brief 86 - Infirm and destitute asylums - Inmate records

Information on what inmate records are available for the Infirm and Destitute Asylums and where to find them.

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Archives In Brief 87 - Liverpool State Hospital and Home - Inmate records

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute (1862-1933) and Liverpool State Hospital and Home (1933-61).

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Archives In Brief 88 - Crown Street Women's Hospital

Overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Crown Street Women's Hospital. Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

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Archives In Brief 89 - 1865 'Trig' Survey of Sydney

Provides a brief overview of the Trigonometrical (Trig) Survey of the City of Sydney 1865, NRS 9929 and the recent project to make it available on CD-ROM. For further information about the Survey consult Archives Investigator. You can also find information about the Survey and the CD-ROM project in Vital Signs No. 4 March 2003.

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Archives In Brief 90 - Government publications

Provides a brief overview of the major government publications held by State Records.

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Archives In Brief 91 - 20th century child and youth migration

This Archives in Brief provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to child and youth migration.

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Archives In Brief 92 - Guidelines for using digital cameras and scanners in the reading room

Sets out our guidelines for the use of digital cameras and scanners in the reading room. It provides information about the sorts of records that can be copied by digital cameras or scanners and explains your responsibilities when handling records.

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Archives In Brief 93 - Background to conditional purchase of Crown land

A background to the major record sources to the conditional purchase of Crown Land, also known as the system of 'free selection before survey'.

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Archives In Brief 94 - Using conditional purchase records

Instructions on how to access records relating to the conditional purchase of land in NSW from 1862 to 1951. Information on the conditional purchase scheme, also known as 'free selection before survey', and a list of the major record series can be found in Archives in Brief 93.

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Archives In Brief 96 - Appyling for an access direction

Outlines your rights and responsibilities when applying to have an open to public access (OPA) direction made for records in the open access period not already covered by an access direction. For further information on access directions see Archives in Brief 9 and the Register of Access Directions.

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Archives In Brief 97 - Reviews of access directions

The State Records Act provides an internal review mechanism for decisions made by public offices to close or open records to public access. The review mechanism helps ensure that public offices are accountable and answerable for decisions that affect your entitlement to access records in the open access period. For further information on access directions see Archives in Brief 9, Archives in Brief 96 and the Register of Access Directions.

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Archives In Brief 98 - Railway refreshment rooms

Provides a brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Railway Refreshment Rooms in New South Wales.

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Archives In Brief 99 - Introducing Photo Investigator

An introduction to Photo Investigator, our web-based search and retrieval tool for accessing photographic images. For more information on State Records' photographic collection see Archives in Brief 70. All the photographic images available on Photo Investigator are open to public access.

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