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University of Auckland


administrative history

The University was founded an affiliated college of the University of New Zealand under the Auckland University College Act 1882, and was formally opened in the Choral Hall on 21 May 1883. The University became independent under the University of Auckland Act 1961 which abolished the University of New Zealand.

Collections will be found under either name depending on the main period they were created, 'Auckland University College' (1883-1961), and 'University of Auckland' (1962 onwards).

Found in 54 Collections and/or Records:

Allen Curnow literary manuscript.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-B-5
Scope and Contents Holograph and typescript, initialled "The hucksters and the university; or Out of site, out of mind; or Up Queen Street without a paddle". This work was published in 1957 by the Pilgrim Press, Auckland.

Allwyn Keys literary papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-111
Scope and Contents Material relating to Alexandre Dumas, which includes a translation of "Alexandre Dumas in the early years of new Italy" by Benedetto Croce;"Dumas and 'L'Indipendente'" (with notes on his Italian books) by F. W. Reed; and letters from F. W. Reed and J. Barr, Auckland Public Librarian.

Association of University Non-Academic Staff records.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-52
Scope and Contents Collection includes financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes and administrative papers covering the period 1974 to 1986.

Association of University Teachers of New Zealand, Auckland Branch records.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-95/1
Scope and Contents Collection includes meeting minutes, subject files, correspondence, membership records and some personal files containing material relating to Association members. The papers have been retained more or less as they were received. The first deposit, now forming Series 1, was presented to the Library in 1986 (possibly by Bert Roth) and was accessioned at that time as MSS & Archives A-298. It contained copies of minutes of meetings of the Branch from 1962 to 1979. The remainder of...

Association of University Teachers of New Zealand records.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-E-28
Scope and Contents Includes minutes, correspondence, newsletters, council papers, membership records and circulars. In separate sequences according to accession date: Dec. 1974 (17 boxes) Dec. 1975 (3 boxes) Feb. 1977 (3 boxes) June 1978 (2 boxes) Feb. 1979 (2 boxes) May 1980 (4 boxes) Feb 1981 (1 parcel). Unprocessed materials. Associated materials: Records of Auckland Branch at MSS & Archives 95/1.

Auckland University College Dramatic Club minutebook.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-E-18
Scope and Contents The records include minutes, correspondence, annual reports, lists of members, submissions and miscellaneous publications.

Auckland University Field Club records.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-98/1
Scope and Contents The papers of the Auckland University Field Club were donated to the University Library from the Auckland Institute and Museum in May 1998. The Club was founded in 1922 by members of the Natural Sciences Departments of the University and remained within the University until the Club ceased to exist in 1992. All the papers of the Club were, it seems, taken to the Museum by members of the Field Club who continued the publication of the Club journal Tane under the...

Auckland University Tramping Club records.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-89/22
Scope and Contents Includes miscellaneous papers, newsletters, minutes, Wanderlust, "Jenny Myers file', miscellaneous publications.

Collection of newspaper clippings relating to the University of Auckland Library.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-283
Scope and Contents Three clippings relating to the University of Auckland Library, including one article about the remains of the Albert Barracks wall.

Dame Anne Salmond collection on the establishment of Waipapa Marae.

Identifier: MSS & Archives-Maori 91/3
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the establishment and construction of the University Marae.

David Bedggood manuscript.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-148
Scope and Contents Collection contains manuscript titled Social problems in New Zealand. The 174 page manuscript comprises an introduction: The open and closed society and six chapters as follows; Chapter 1: The use and abuse of social research in New Zealand, Chapter 2: Social problems and the 'good society' Chapter 3: The state of welfare in New Zealand,Chapter 4: Inequality and discontent, Chapter 5: Alienation and apathy and Chapter 6: Social action and reform.

Duncan Timms papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-250
Scope and Contents In 1971 Timms published The urban mosaic (Cambridge University Press) which contained references 'in passim' to the Auckland region. The collection consists of two papers: 'The social ecology of Auckland' and 'Key New Zealand urban areas - social area variables 1966', both of which relate to the above publication.

Harold Rodwell further papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-Accession-1231
Scope and Contents Articles, speeches, lectures, scripts of radio broadcasts, Busby research notes, Auckland provincial history notes (1940), book reviews, and clippings. Telegraph book, Te Awamutu, 1875-1876. Typescript copies of Judge Mair's diaries, 1908, 1910-1912. Unprocessed materials. Associated materials: Rodwell, Harold Rione, 1894- . Papers 1940s- 1950s. MSS & Archives A-291.

Harold Rodwell research papers on James Busby and Gilbert Mair.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-291
Scope and Contents During the late 1940s Professor Rodwell and Mr Bruce G. Hardie, of the Economics Department, Auckland University College, intended to write a history of James Busby. In 1948 Miss Agnes Busby made family papers available to them for their research. Some of the papers in this collection are, presumably, copies of that material; and there are copies of other material relating to early New Zealand history. The book was never published. Folder 1 contains a checklist of material in the...

John Cowie Reid collection on Charles Dickens.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-114
Scope and Contents A collection of material relating to Charles Dickens. The collection includes a first day cover, 3 June 1970, of British stamps commemorating the death of Dickens, a letter from Dickens to F.A. Fair, 5 September 1851, and 'Master Humphrey's Clock', by "Boz", issue no.12, 20 June 1840.

John Cowie Reid papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-89/14
Overview The papers are unique as being the only papers of a university teacher of English that have survived more or less intact and are in a public institution. The largest series consists of Reid's handwritten lecture notes on English literature from Chaucer to the 1960s, delivered mainly to university classes, but also on a variety of extra-mural occasions at summer schools and the like. His literary efforts occupy two series that consist of research notes and manuscripts of 10 of the twenty-seven...

John Cowie Reid poems and lecture notes.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-159
Scope and Contents Miscellany. Includes offprints sent to Reid; a small collection of poems (typescript) and manuscript lecture notes.

John MacRae research papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-153
Scope and Contents A computer print-out of Maori incomes/expenditure survey. Results of survey incorporated in doctoral thesis: 'A study in the application of economic analysis to social issues, the Maori, and the New Zealand economy, (University of London, 1975), two copies of which are housed in the University of Auckland Library

Judy Siers collection of James Chapman-Taylor photographic prints.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-2010/12
Scope and Contents Black and white photographic prints collected by Judy Siers, author of the bookThe life and times of James Walter Chapman-Taylor . Series 1 comprises photographs of a number of well-known Auckland landmarks, including the University of Auckland clock tower. All of these photographs have been mounted for exhibition; the original mounts include Chapman-Taylor’s pencil captions and signature. The photographs in Series 2 are all of Maori subjects, including...

Kendrick Smithyman draft of poem Calling the roll

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-B-31
Scope and Contents The collection consists of drafts of the poem 'Calling the roll' which was commissioned by the University of Auckland Centenary Committee. Also included is correspondence between the Chairman of the Centenary Committee, Professor Nicholas Tarling, and Smithyman.

Kendrick Smithyman poems to mark the retirement of Peter Dane, Bill Pearson and Karl Stead.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-B-32
Scope and Contents Collection comprises typescripts of three poems composed by Smithyman to mark the retirement of three collegues, Peter Dane, Bill Pearson and Karl Stead from The University of Auckland English Department. The poems are entitled: 'Peter Dane retiring', 'Words for Bill Pearson', 'Yes (C)K.S.'.

Kendrick Smithyman programme for departmental dinner in honour of Professor Forrest Scott.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-E-27
Scope and Contents Programme for departmental dinner held in honour of Professor Forrest Scott, English Common Room, 1 December 1984. The programme includes a poem written for the occasion by Kendrick Smithyman.

Library records relating to construction of General Library Building.

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-Vault 31

Michael Law papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-231
Scope and Contents Collection of papers relating to student politics, 1968-1971, arranged according to the subject file order in which they were received, e.g. community colleges, 'Omega', correspondence and minutes of the Auckland University Students' Association.

Michael Law papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-205
Scope and Contents The file relates to demonstrations in Auckland over the visit of Spiro Agnew, the American Vice-President, 16 January 1970, and the case for a public inquiry.

Michael Stenson papers.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-189
Scope and Contents Chiefly material relating to Dr Stenson's tenure as lecturer in South East Asian history, Auckland University, 1968- 1977. The material was removed from his office after his death, and is mainly correspondence and typescripts of published and unpublished writings.During the processing of this collection a number of serials were removed and placed in the Library's Serieal Collection, including issues of Afro-Asian labour bulletin, ...

Muriel Lloyd Prichard manuscript.

Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-101
Scope and Contents A typescript of 'British pioneers of electrical engineering', prepared when Professor Prichard was Fellow at the University of Wales.