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University of Auckland historical collection. Part 2.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-97/5

Scope and Contents

The material in this collection is additional to that placed in MSS & Archives E-8, the introduction to the inventory of which, dated 1979, reads as follows:

The bulk of the collection was gathered together following an appeal by Professor Keith Sinclair, in the April 1961 issue of University of Auckland Gazette to supply material relevant to the University’s history. Readers were invited to send in “reminiscences of conditions in the College, past academic battles, frank ‘character sketches’ of staff or councillors, old newspaper clippings or copies of correspondence”.

MSS & Archives 97/5, then, is material added since 1961, and therefore an extension of E-8. MSS & Archives 96/2, Keith Sinclair, Further papers 1978-1983, consists of Sinclair’s research notes and drafts for A History of the University of Auckland 1883-1983 (Auckland, 1983). The inventories of these three collections should be consulted together.

Section 6, Photographs, of MSS & Archives 97/5, however, includes (6.3, 6.4) photographs and colour slides deposited in the Library by the Information Office on 2 December 1993. These are photographs that have been taken for special occasions, or for use in University News.


  • 1890 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.


2 metres (9 boxes and outsize items.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Initial donation from Keith Sinclair with additional donations from various sources as documented in the inventory.

Related Materials

University of Auckland. History series. 1899-1961. MSS & Archives E-8; Sinclair, Keith, 1922-1993. Further papers, 1980s.MSS & Archives 96/2 Other photographs in: Auckland University College. [Photographs of site development]. [Auckland : Whites Aviation, n.d.]. Auckland University College. (NZ Glass Case 378.95 A89p); and University of Auckland. Dept. of External Relations. Public Relations Division. Photographs, 1876-1998, bulk 1970-1998. MSS & Archives 2007/10. Plans of University buildings, including the Old Arts Building, are held at the Architecture Archive, School of Architecture and Planning.

Inventory of the University of Auckland historical collection, part 2, 1890-1995.
Kay Stead
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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