University to host archive open day

A photo of the Manawatū campus from Massey University's archive collections

Massey University students, staff and the public are invited to explore the University’s archive collections, including student magazines, photographs, objects, documents and personal papers next week.

In celebration of International Archives Day, the Massey University Archives is opening its doors on June 8, from 10am to 3pm. The archives are located in the Reading Room (room 1.38) in the Practical Teaching Complex at the Manawatū campus.

The University archives have been active for 32 years, collecting and looking after information about the University’s development, activities, history, campus and student life. The University also holds the largest archive of business records associated with the New Zealand dairying industry and historical material relating to other sectors of New Zealand’s agricultural industries such as meat companies and farming wholesalers.

“Our collections constitute a valuable research resource that contains a wealth of historical, genealogical, industry and economic information. We welcome donations of material that could be deemed as historically important,” says University archivist Louis Changuion.

Those unable to make it on June 8, are welcome to visit the Reading Room for research during weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm. Part of the University’s collection can be explored online.

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