Collection spotlights

Opening Doors for people with disability

Opening Doors for people with disability

December 3, 2021

Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Earlier this year, the Library acquired a photographic series which documents people living with disability, posed in their own home environment.

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

November 26, 2021

Collection spotlights, Victorian history, Visual arts:

A little sketchbook with a lot of stories. How did the newsworthy events of the 1880s go from pocket sketches to newspaper illustrations?

The early days of television in Victoria

The early days of television in Victoria

November 19, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

A brief look at the preparation and early days of television broadcasting in Victoria, how ‘the box’ was made and became a part of everyday life.

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Online Collection Spotlight: Food and drink in history

November 12, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Do you have a fondness for fondue, a preference for piroshki, a hankering for empanadas, or wish to savour strudel? Well, our Food and Drink in History database has these recipes and many, many more from many countries and many eras. The database explores the historical evolution of food and drink through the ages and through cultures across the world. 

Researching religion and spirituality at the State Library

Researching religion and spirituality at the State Library

October 29, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Discover the diverse collection of works on religion and spirituality held at the State Library Victoria – they are for everyone no matter what path you travel.

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

October 22, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The Mahlstedt Fire Insurance Plans show Melbourne’s CBD in precise detail. Learn how these incredible resources can be used to track changes to the city throughout the years.

Kermit reads a book about frogs

Online Collection Spotlight: Britannica kids

September 27, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

What do frogs and salamanders have in common? What’s the largest coral reef on Earth? And who wrote the picture book, ‘Possum Magic’? The Britannica Kids online encyclopaedia doesn’t just offer answers to these questions.

Online Collection Spotlight: World’s fairs

Online Collection Spotlight: World’s fairs

September 22, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

What do Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle and Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building all have in common? Read on to find out!

Victoria through the ages: the boom years

Victoria through the ages: the boom years

September 16, 2021

Collection spotlights:

In the 1880s, Victoria experienced an unprecedented property bubble. When it eventually burst, it left the economy in tatters.

Journey through the collection: swinging ‘60s Melbourne through the lens of Henry Talbot

Journey through the collection: swinging ‘60s Melbourne through the lens of Henry Talbot

September 10, 2021

Collection spotlights, Photography, Visual arts:

Muse over the iconic, mid-century photographs of Henry Talbot. Featuring the fashion and advertising world of 1950s and 60s Melbourne.