The management of restricted Aboriginal objects by the National Museum of Australia – Davis Kaus (reCollections journal, 2008)
"The National Museum of Australia holds a sizeable collection of Aboriginal ethnographic objects that cannot be placed in the public domain because of strong cultural proscriptions on their use, display and viewing. This article outlines how the museum manages its restricted collections and the mechanics of their management and repatriation."
See also: National Museum of Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secret/sacred and private material policy (v2.3, 2019)
Sensitive Collections Material Policy – State Library of New South Wales (2017)
"As part of the Library’s collections there is a significant number of records containing people’s personal information or, content that is considered culturally sensitive to Indigenous Australian peoples. Examples of these records include medical records, records of children in care, legal records and Indigenous cultural material... in the spirit of this legislation and based on best practice considerations, the Library sees an ethical obligation to protect people’s personal and cultural information. Of equal importance to the Library is enabling individuals to seamlessly access information about themselves and their cultural heritage, especially those who have experienced institutional or other out-of-home care."
Working with Indigenous data – ANDS
"Data that pertains to Indigenous peoples is a complex legal and ethical terrain. Whether it is cultural, linguistic, medical or otherwise, such data usually needs to be managed and shared with care. Data may need to have access mediated under specific conditions relating, but this should not be a barrier to the proper handling and care."
‘I am anxious to have my children home’: recovering letters of love written for Noongar children – Elfie Shiosaki (The Conversation, 14 February 2020)
"Archives in the State Records Office of Western Australia hold hundreds of letters written by Noongar people to the Chief Protector of Aborigines and other government officials from the turn of the 20th century. The letters were captured within manic record-keeping systems used to surveil and control Aboriginal people...Aboriginal people are working to reclaim knowledge about our families in archives. The recovery of these letters has become a catalyst for storytelling, as we piece together archival fragments and living knowledge."
Deciphering Arrernte archives: The intermingling of textual and living knowledge – Jason Gibson, Shaun Angeles, Joel Liddle (Univerity of Hawai'i Press, 2019)
Interviews with two Arrernte men, Shaun Angeles and Joel Liddle, who discuss their deep and varied interests in historical ethnographic, linguistic, cultural and genealogical records about Areente peoples, and the archives that contain them. These interviews explore some of the issues Arrernte peoples confront as they work through archives, including the limitations of conventional cataloguing requirements and the importance of reading archival texts in a way that sees them emplaced and tested against the knowledge of Elders, and the role of digital technologies in the future dissemination of cultural materials.
Aboriginal histories in Australian government archives: Working with records of trauma – Kirsten Thorpe and Cassandra Willis (Los Angeles Archivists Collective, 2020)
This article shares the authors' experiences of using government records that were "deeply racist and often contained within them atrocities and crimes against humanity" in their work with the New South Wales Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme from 2005–2011.
Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research – AIATSIS (2020)
The code ensures that research with and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples follows a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between the researcher and the individuals and/or communities involved in the research.