Title: Guide to the Certificate Collection
Date range of collection: 1885-1977
Scope and content note: Contains a selection of certificates, scrolls, rolls of honor and nominal rolls which were issued for service in the armed forces and assorted private and philanthropic organisations.
Provenance: The collection has been acquired over many years from a variety of sources with the majority of items sourced from donors.
Extent: Approximately 236 certificates.
Location: Published and Digitised Collections, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial.
Processing history: Items in this collection were removed from the Charts and Plans and Souvenir Collections to form a new collection in 2001.
Copyright: Contact the Curator of Published and Digitised Collections.
Preferred citation: Certificate Collection, Published and Digitised Collections, Australian War Memorial.
Certificate is the generic term given to a document which certifies a fact or set of facts. This collection contains a variety of certificates, including commemorative nominal rolls and rolls of honour which list the names of those who served in particular units or from particular towns and geographic areas as well as official certificates issued by federal and state government bodies including: local councils, districts, cities and shires commemorating the service of individuals and the the issue of honors and awards.
The physical form of the certificates in this collection varies from handwritten and handdrawn, to typed or professionally printed. Many of the certificates have specific information eg. the name of the recipient, completed individually by hand. Many certificates are signed on behalf of the authorizing body and may also bear its seal, logo or other identifying device. Some certificates are designed to impress and/or be displayed. Such certificates incorporate impressive graphic features, including copperplate script, pictorial and decorative borders and strong use of color along with decorative artworks.
References: Maurice Rickards, Encyclopedia of Ephemera (Routledge: New York, 2000)