Archives

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.

Archives Assistant Amanda in the Archives

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. Many of our archives cannot be put on a photocopier so we recommend that you bring a camera with you.

Opening Hours

The Archive is open on weekdays between 9:00am – 5:00pm with a late night 9:00am – 7:00pm on Wednesdays.  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.

Donating to the Archive

The easiest way is to contact us to discuss what items you have. We are looking for unique items such as minute books, photographs and maps from throughout Southland.

For information on items we are after check out our Archives Collection Development Policy

If you are interested in donating an item, check out our Community Archives Donation Agreement, Introductory Guide for Donors and Family History Donation Guidelines

Recommended Websites

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.

Hocken Collections is a research library, historical archive, and art gallery based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its library collection, which is of national significance, is administered by the University of Otago.