Browse Fryer manuscript collections online

Fryer Manuscripts is a better way to find unpublished material held in the Fryer Library.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 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 Search or browse our unpublished collections.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Discover unpublished collections more easily

Manuscripts are any unpublished materials held in the Fryer Library.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 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 Manuscripts. Search box autosuggests related results.

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)). 

Area

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 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 Research with unpublished material often revolves around establishing the connections between collections - these links are now clearer.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Search by authority records to find all of the unpublished material related to a person.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

Then:

  1. Click the Quick Links button
  2. Click ​Request Fryer item
  3. Complete the Item Request Form
Use Quick links Request Fryer item to request an item for use 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 Fryer Reading Room only.

Changes in Library Search

How manuscript records display and behave

We have updated records for unpublished Fryer collections in Library Search.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

Click Request a Fryer item to request the item immediately.

Click the Link to detailed manuscript record to get detailed information about the item in Fryer Manuscripts.
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New Fryer manuscripts filter

Scroll down to the Fryer manuscripts option under the "Special collection" filter to limit your Library Search results to Fryer manuscripts.

Screenshot of Library Search showing Fryer Manuscripts facet
Apply the Fryer manuscripts filter to limit your search results to unpublished Fryer materials.
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Tell us what you think

With the launch of Fryer Manuscripts in April 2019, we are making 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 Manuscripts. You can contact us on Twitter or Facebook, or by emailing fryer@library.uq.edu.au

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:
23 April 2019