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University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education records.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-E-23

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises the records of the Centre for Continuing Education, Auckland and incorporates the records of the Community Arts Service set up by the Auckland University College in 1946.

The collection covers the period 1946 to the mid 1970s and includes, minutes, correspondence, financial records, subject files, publicity files, annual reports, photographs, posters, publications, and a collection of recordings of concerts held by the various music schools organised by the Centre.


  • 1926 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

PARTLY RESTRICTED: item 283 may only be consulted with the written permission of the Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Auckland.

Conditions Governing Use

PARTLY RESTRICTED. Most of the tapes in Series J: Adult Education Music Archives Tapes require transfer to a digital medium before access can be granted.

Biographical / Historical

The Centre for Continuing Education Auckland began life as the Workers’ Educational Association in 1922. From 1938-1963 it was called the Council of Adult Education, from 1964-1971 it was referred to as the Department of University Extension, and finally adopted its current name, The Centre for Continuing Education, in 1971.

For many years the Workers’ Educational Association was housed in the former Old Grammar School in Symonds Street, which was destroyed by fire in January 1949 (New Zealand Herald, 17 Jan 1949).

For further information about the Centre and the history of adult education in New Zealand, see item 299D (historical notes by Ronald Dellow, 1989) and the following publications:

Boshier, Roger, 1941-. Adult and continuing education in New Zealand, 1851-1978 : a bibliography. Vancouver, B.C. : Adult Education Research Center, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, in association with the International Council for Adult Education, 1979. (NZ&P 016.374995 B74)

Dakin, J. C. (James Campbell), 1908- . Focus for lifelong learning : the National Council of Adult Education, 1938-88. Wellington [N.Z.] : New Zealand Council for Educational Research and National Council of Adult Education, 1988.(NZ&P 374.995 N27d).

Hall, David Oswald William. New Zealand adult education. London : Joseph, 1970. (NZ&P 374 H17).

Thompson, A.B. Adult education in New Zealand : a critical & historical survey. Wellington : New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 1945.(EPSOM LIBRARY 374.9931 THO NZ).


4.5 metres (35 boxes and 247 tape recordings)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material originally at E-23 was deposited at the Library in 1975 but remained unsorted. In May 1990 an additional quantity of material (accessioned as Vault 52) was donated by George Dibley, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Auckland. This material was incorporated with the earlier deposit and the whole collection was then arranged and described.

Because of their distinctive provenance, records relating to the Cambridge Music School and Hamilton Vacation Music School were separated out and described as Cambridge Music School records, MSS & Archives 92/2.

Related Materials

These records should be consulted along with the records of the Cambridge Music School and Hamilton Vacation Music School, located at MSS & Archives 92/2, which were important activities associated with the Centre.


NRAM A937.

Inventory of the records of the University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education, 1926-1989.
Suzanne Loughlin
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand