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Auckland University Students' Association further records.

Identifier: MSS.Archives-2014/02

Scope and Contents

Collection of records relating to the Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) and its predecessor the Auckland University College Students' Association (AUCSA). Includes copies of the Association's rules and constitution, minutes of Executive and Annual General Meetings, annual reports and records of the Carnival Committee and the New Zealand University Tournament Committee.


  • 1880 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

The Auckland University Students’ Association was founded at a meeting of 27 students on 24 June 1891 to represent students in all matters interesting to them. Such was the enthusiasm of the students at that first meeting that it took two more meetings to draw up a set of rules and elect officer holders.

During its early years, the Students’ Association made submissions to the College Council in favour of matriculated students wearing academic gowns and trenchers to classes and on the appointment and dismissal of lecturers. They also organised capping celebrations such as the Graduation Social or Conversazione, sports events and dances.

Affiliation of student clubs to the Students’ Association was introduced in 1899; today the Association supports over 120 student clubs and societies. The Association also provides students with a range of support services, facilities, the student magazine Craccum, radio station 95bFM, as well as representation and advocacy for students within the University and the wider community.

In 1999 membership of the Association was made voluntary and membership numbers dropped to just 2700 students in 2003. In the same year it was decided to make membership of the Association free to students enrolled at the University of Auckland and membership numbers have grown again to more than 20,000.

A comprehensive history of the Association, A democratic minority : a centennial history of the Auckland University Students Association by Fay Hercock was published in 1994 while a shorter but more up to date history can be found on the AUSA website at:


10.5 metres (2 type 1 boxes, 21 cartons and 2 outsize boxes.)

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Most of the collection is stored off-site. Expect delay of 12-24 hours from time of order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Initial donation was made by Anna Crowe, Administrative Vice-President, AUSA, September 2006, additional material donated by AUSA in July 2016, and July 2020.

Related Materials

Related records can be found in MSS & Archives E-9. Auckland University College Student Association Records.

Processing Information

This collection comprises material accrued from three separate donations of records received from the Auckland University Students’ Association between 2006 and 2020, and processed as separate accessions. It is intended that further donations of material from the AUSA will be added to this collection as they are received. Although the different accessions have been added to the same collection the material has not been physical combined or reorganised, rather each accession has retained as received but listed together on ArchivesSpace in a logical order which groups similar material together.

To make the material available to researchers with less processing individual items have not been assigned component unique identifiers or been rehoused to any great extent.

Inventory of the further records of the Auckland University Students' Association, 1893 -2012
In Progress
Katherine Pawley
May 2021
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  • Carton list available for material stored off-site

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand