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Māori language, whakapapa, history

Although mostly artefacts of European origins, the Museum's pictorial and manuscript collections are often treasured by Māori for the information they contain and because they capture the presence of ancestors who have passed on.

Te Karere o Nui Tireni. 1842-1846. Serial/Newspaper. Box 4.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

The Museum's manuscript collections are accessible by searching our Collection.

Amongst these collections are important rare books, manuscripts and archives as well as maps, charts and plans. The collections also include periodicals, newspapers and ephemera.

The Library has extensive holdings of manuscript material on Māori subject matter and these are invaluable resources for researchers. The manuscript collections cover all tribal areas and include significant collections such as the George Graham Collection.

There are several finding aids available to researchers who wish to use the Library’'s manuscript collections. These include:

  • The Library Database
  • Māori name index
  • Manuscript inventories
  • Gudegeon index
  • Nga Pou Arahi (Tribal Inventory of Māori Manuscripts)

Library staff are available to help with any enquiries you may have in person or by correspondence.