Maori language, whakapapa, history
Although mostly artefacts of European origins, the Museums pictorial and manuscript collections are often treasured by Maori for the information they contain and because they capture the presence of ancestors who have passed on.
The Museum´s manuscript collections are accessible through the Library. 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 Maori subject matter and these are invaluable resources for researchers. The manuscript collections cover all tribal areas and include significant collection 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, Maori name index, Manuscript inventories, Gudegeon index, and Nga Pou Arahi (Tribal Inventory of Maori Manuscripts). Library staff are available to help with any enquiries you may have in person or by correspondence.