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Kenneth Cumberland further papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-2013/05

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material left in the Department of Geography by Professor Kenneth Cumberland when he retired in 1978. Among the papers are files of correspondence, drafts and typescripts, offprints,and photographs collected by Cumberland for publication purposes.

The records were found in the Geography Department store room by the Records Management Programme Manager in 2012, accompanied by a note to Warren Moran stating "These are some bits and pieces of K.B. Cumberland that have been lurking in my office since occupation".

A number of the files received had original Auckland University College file covers and file numbers, these have been placed in a separate series from the unnumbered files and their original file numbers noted in the inventory. The unnumbered files have been arranged separately in a roughly chronological order. The large quantity of photographic material received with these papers appears to have been accumulated by Cumberland for use in his publications, although only some of the material appears to have been used for this purpose. The material has been arranged into three subseries: Photographs assigned to specific publications, Photographs not assigned to specific publications and Other photographs.


  • 1935 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth Brailey Cumberland (1913-2011) was Professor of Geography at the University of Auckland from 1946 to 1978. He established the Department of Geography at Auckland in 1946 having come to New Zealand from Yorkshire in 1938 to teach at Canterbury University College. A recipient of the CBE for his services to geography, Cumberland was the first geographer to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He was Vice-President of the International Geographical Union, founding editor of the New Zealand Geographer (1945-54) and presenter of the television series Landmarks.


2.5 metres (4 cartons, one outsize box of photographic material.)

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Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Geography Department via the Records Management Programme Manager, January 2013.

Related Materials

Related material can be found in MSS & Archives 2013/4: Kenneth Cumberland papers and MSS & Archives A-270: Kenneth Cumberland collection of National Development Council Physical Environment Committee reports.

Inventory of further papers of Kenneth Cumberland.
Katherine Pawley
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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