The Berndt Museum Archive contains a number of discrete collections documenting Australian Aboriginal knowledge, law and culture, socio-economic and political life, histories and interactions.

The significance of the archive lies in the vast wealth of information, experiences and insights that it incorporates. This archive not only has the potential to substantiate and enhance our understanding of other collection material within the Museum, it is a reservoir of immeasurable, multifaceted knowledge that is valuable to researchers, students, museums and universities elsewhere and, most importantly, Aboriginal communities. The Ronald M and Catherine H Berndt Field Notebooks and Personal Archive are currently subject to a 30-year embargo that will lift in 2024.

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