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Open Access Sources for New Zealand History

I recently had an enquiry about getting access to NZ history sources when you are no longer at university. Looking around, there are lots of resources freely available on the internet (and I mean going beyond google and wikipedia). Many of these are provided by the National Library or university libraries, including us. Take a look at our NZ & Pacific Digital webpage to see some of the things produced locally.

Here are some other useful resources:


  • Papers Past
    Newspapers 1840-1915
  • Niupepa
    Maori, bilingual, and English language newspapers for Maori readership, 1842-1933
  • Early New Zealand Books
    19th Century monographs
  • New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC)
    New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials
  • Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961
    The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand is one of New Zealand's most important research publications, particularly for science. Contributors to the Transactions include James Hector, William Colenso, Charles Fleming, Thomas Hocken, and Ernest Rutherford. The Royal Society (known as the New Zealand Institute before 1933) was established in 1867 to co-ordinate and assist the activities of a number of regional research societies including the Auckland Institute, the Wellington Philosophical Society and the Otago Institute.
  • Matapihi
    Images held in galleries, museums and libraries.
  • NRAM National Register of Archives and Manuscripts [now known as The Community Archive]
    You can use this site to search archival collections held in museums, local government bodies, libraries, historical societies, community repositories, and in-house business, educational, religious and sporting archives throughout New Zealand.
  • Archives New Zealand
    The national archives, not listed in NRAM.

I hope that is of interest to past staff and students, schools, and any members of the public interested in New Zealand history.

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