The Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division (AARD) photographic collection was transferred by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to the South Australian Museum in April 2007. This material was donated to AARD by families and individuals for the purpose of facilitating Aboriginal family history and academic and native title research.
The South Australian Museum Archives contains photographs, negatives, slides, glass plate negatives, digital images and indexes. This collection is still being processed.
It is a condition of use of the cultural components of the South Australian Museum
Archives that users ensure that any disclosure of information contained in this
collection is consistent with the views and sensitivities of Indigenous people.
Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally
sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.
Users should also be aware that some records document research into people and cultures
using a scientific research model dating from the first half of the twentieth century,
and depicts people as research subjects in ways which may today be considered offensive.
Some records contain terms and annotations that reflect the author's attitude or
that of the period in which the item was written, and may be considered inappropriate
today in some circumstances.
Users should be aware that in some Indigenous communities, hearing names of deceased
persons might cause sadness or distress, particularly to the relatives of these
people. Furthermore, certain totemic symbols may also have prohibitions relating
to the age, initiation and ceremonial status or clan of the person who may see them.
Records included may be subject to access conditions imposed by Indigenous communities
and/or depositors. Users are advised that access to some materials may be subject
to these terms and conditions that the Museum is required to maintain.