Heritage & Archive Collections

Our historical and archive collections are kept in the J.C. Beaglehole Room where they are available for research, teaching, and learning.

The J.C. Beaglehole Room (JCBR) is located on Level 4 of the Kelburn Library, via the south stairwell and lifts.

Please note: our collections can only be consulted within the J.C. Beaglehole Reading Room and require retrieval from storage. Please contact us at least 24 hrs ahead of time to request material for viewing.

Our routine opening hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 1–4 pm and the collections can be accessed at other times Monday–Friday by appointment. To make an appointment please either:

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We use the Recollect platform to make our digital heritage and archives available online. This allows us to build collections of material and to show the relationships between collections, people, places, and organisations.

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Aisha Le Frantz

Cultural Collections and Archives Librarian


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Emma Cullen

Library Adviser Cultural and Archives


Finding and using J.C. Beaglehole Room resources

Explore the various ways you can access J.C. Beaglehole Room resources.

More about the collections

An overview of some of the many and varied collections in the J.C. Beaglehole Room.

Donating to the J.C. Beaglehole Room

If you would like to donate material or make a bequest to the J.C. Beaglehole Room, please contact us.