Browse Fryer Library manuscript collections online

Fryer Library Manuscripts is a better way to find unpublished material held in the Fryer Library. Discover how this system can improve your research experience with our special collections.

Fryer Library Manuscripts' homepage. Search or browse our unpublished collections.
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Discover unpublished collections more easily

Manuscripts are any unpublished materials held in the Fryer Library. These include written material, photographs, audio recordings, architectural plans, artworks and all kinds of other treasures.

Search Fryer Library Manuscripts for detailed information about what we hold, including:

  • How much material there is
  • Who created it
  • What kind of items make up a collection
  • Any restrictions on access
  • Any digitised records in eSpace
  • Publications citing our collections.

Search and browse manuscript collections

You can search or browse by detailed records (archival descriptions), people or organisations (authority records), or subjects (like literature or architecture etc).

Using the search box

As you type, search will suggest related results broken into sections:

  1. Collections or items within them (Descriptions)
  2. People or organisations (Authorities)
  3. Subjects
Search for "literature" in Fryer Library Manuscripts. Search box auto-suggests related results.
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Use Advanced Search to apply date ranges and other filters to your search.

View item details

Collections are catalogued using a standard of archival description called General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)).


Use for

Content and structure

View description of contents of the collection.

Conditions of access and use

Access finding aid.

Allied materials

Links to digitised materials in eSpace.
The John Dennis Fryer Papers (UQFL23) in Fryer Library Manuscripts.
Get information about a collection as well as related subjects, people and organisations.
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Explore research connections

Manuscripts are generally held in collections according to who created or collected the material. Research with unpublished material often revolves around establishing the connections between collections - these links are now clearer.

Use the Browse button and links within records to view the connections between various collections in order to find new research material.

Search by authority records to find all of the unpublished material related to a person. This includes links to all the material they have created.

The authority record for John Denis Fryer. "Subject of" and "Creator of" show related records.
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Request items

Note the item details, including:

  • The name of the collection
  • The reference code (e.g. UQFL598)
  • Box numbers from the finding aid


  1. Click the Menu button
  2. Click ​Make an appointment to request access
  3. Book a space in the FW Robinson Reading Room
  4. Request your items via the link in your confirmation email.
Use Menu > Make an appointment to request access to book an appointment to use Fryer Library items in the Reading Room.
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Requested items can take up to 5 business days to arrive. They are available for use in the FW Robinson Reading Room only in the Fryer Library.

Manuscripts in Library Search

How manuscript records display and behave

We have records for unpublished Fryer Library collections in Library Search. Click the View detailed manuscript record link to get detailed information in the Fryer Library Manuscripts system.

Click Make an appointment to request access to book a space in the FW Robinson Reading Room.

Fryer Library Collection record in Library Search
Click the View detailed manuscript record to get detailed information about the item in Fryer Library Manuscripts.
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Filter to Fryer Library resources

There are two options to limit Library Search results to Fryer Library resoures:

  1. In the Collection filter, the Fryer Library Collections option will limit your Library Search results to all Fryer Library materials, including published and unpublished resources (direct link to these results)
  2. In the Source filter, the UQ Fryer Library Manuscripts option will limit your Library Search results even further to only Fryer Library unpublished materials (direct link to these results)


Tell us what you think

Fryer Library Manuscripts is part of a project to make our manuscript collections more discoverable. The collections are better described and how they connect to each other is more explicit.

We'd love to hear what you think about Fryer Library Manuscripts. You can contact us on Twitter or Facebook, or by emailing

Future enhancements

We will enhance this system over time by updating our existing records and adding new materials. We will keep you up to date on new developments on our blog.

Last updated:
30 November 2023