Archives are primary source (original) records, such as letters or minute books, photographs, maps and film footage – all of which would be impossible to replace if lost or damaged.
Our collecting scope includes records of
- local government
- voluntary groups
- sport and recreational groups
- ethnic and cultural organisations
- education and school records
- maps and photographs
- personal papers
- business archives from Invercargill and Southland
Items are stored in secure, climate controlled areas and can only be viewed in the Archive Research Room. You will find the Archive Research Room and the Archives staff in Information Services on the first floor.
The Archive is generally open on weekdays between 9am – 5pm with a late night 9am – 7pm on Wednesday. From time to time our Archives staff are out of the office so we strongly recommend calling ahead to ensure staff are on hand to help you when you arrive.
There are two ways to access the collection – in person in the Archive Research Room or through a written/phoned research enquiry.
Access to the archives is free. There may be a charge for in-depth enquiries – please refer to the Lending & Research Fees page of our website or contact Archives staff.
Since writing you last...
Since writing you last features the letters of four Southland First World War soldiers. Over 1700 pages from 307 letters have been digitised, transcribed, and made available to the public.
Alexander Turnbull Library Collections
Features published and unpublished heritage documents.