The Library collects personal papers, particularly those with relevance to Victoria, such as letters and correspondence, diaries, memoirs and other unpublished texts.
These collections can also include photographs, electronic records, artworks, genealogies, maps, and audio and video recordings.
Personal papers are collected on the basis of historical, literary or cultural significance to Victoria. The Library holds the personal papers of many figures who have achieved a level of standing, notoriety or influence in the Victorian community, including Sir Redmond Barry, Ned Kelly, John and Sunday Reed, and Peter Carey.
Significance isn't limited to those with a level of fame. Charles Evans, Caroline Dexter, Anne Drysdale, Jong Ah Sing and Edward Snell may not be household names but their papers provide a unique window into the past. Along with other personal papers entrusted to the Library, they document the social life and customs, personal histories, thoughts and opinions of the myriad everyday people who have played a part in the formation of today’s Victoria.