Picture research

Guide to finding photographs, illustrations and other images in the State Library of Victoria's collections

State Library Victoria


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Welcome to the State Library of Victoria's guide on how to do picture research.

The Library has extensive holdings of illustrative material and there are several places where you can start your search.

This guide focuses on:

  • how to find images in the Library’s collections
  • information about other places where you can search for illustrations.

Use the tabs across the top of the page to learn more about what information can be found.


Edwin G. Adamson, Male employees at the Holeproof Necktie party, Hotel Australia, Melbourne, ca. 1947-ca. 1950, photograph, Pictures Collection, H98.86/17