Get in touch
Call or email the Archive or Southland Oral History Project staff ahead of time to arrange an appointment. We also offer a remote reference service to assist researchers who are unable to visit.
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. Many of our archives cannot be put on a photocopier so we recommend that you bring a camera with you.
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.
Discover our collections and view digitised material by searching the Archive and Oral History Repositories on our catalogue, ArchivesSpace. Contact us if you would like to view or listen to any material, or are unable to find what you are after as some items are still awaiting cataloguing.
Have items you would like to donate to the Archive?
Get in touch with 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 refer to our Collection Development Policy [PDF].
If you are interested in donating an item, check out our:
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.