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University of Auckland Library election ephemera collection.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-2015/22

Scope and Contents

A collection of general election and local body election ephemera, primarily relating to the Auckland area, created by the New Zealand and Pacific Collection and Special Collections from the 1960s on.

The general election ephemera is being actively collected but the local body material ceased being collected in the 1990s.


  • 1883 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.


5 metres (10 cartons)

Language of Materials



Arranged primarily by political party within year of election.

Physical Location

In off-site storage. Expect delay of 12-24 hours from time of order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Special Collections, 13 November 2015.

Related Materials

University of Auckland Library general ephemera collection, MSS & Archives 2015/23.


  • Gibbons, M. (2000). Election programmes in New Zealand politics : 1911-1996. (Unpublished PhD thesis). University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Processing Information

The election ephemera in this collection has been arranged into three series: New Zealand general elections; parliamentary by-elections; and local body elections. Most of the material in this collection was originally part of the University of Auckland General Library’s New Zealand vertical file but was separated from the more general ephemera in 2015 when it was decided to make the contents of the vertical file into an archival collection. The remaining, non-election related, ephemera is now held as the University of Auckland Library general ephemera collection, MSS & Archives 2015/23. During the 1970s Library staff organised the general election materials (the bulk of the collection) by political party for each election. For each of the general elections from 1911 until 1978 staff created a typed ‘cover sheet’ listing the leaflets collected. These cover sheets have been retained and when the collection was rehoused in 2019 any missing or additional items were noted on the relevant cover sheet. Ephemera collected from 1981 onwards has been arranged in the same manner as the earlier material with the political party as the file descriptor but without cover sheets.

Series two is a set of parliamentary by-election leaflets organised in chronological order. Series three contains local body materials, mostly from the Auckland region. These include elections and by-elections for city, borough and regional councils; roads, harbour, hospital, transport and electricity power boards; and licencing trusts. University of Auckland General Library ceased collecting these materials in the early 1990s.

This is an active collection with ephemera sought from University of Auckland staff when general and local by-elections are called. The bulk of the contents are election leaflets distributed by political parties to households in the weeks leading up to an election. Flyers and posters for political meetings, lapel badges and bumper stickers are also collected but not larger items such as banners and hoardings.

Inventory of the University of Auckland Library election ephemera collection.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand