University Archives Collections

Massey University Archives

The collections held at the University Archives include:

  • Records, documents and memorabilia of Massey University and its antecedent institutions including the Massey Agricultural College, Palmerston North University College, Palmerston North College of Education and Wellington Polytechnic.
  • Archives relating to disciplines taught and researched at Massey University.
  • Archives of organisations affiliated with Massey University.
  • Personal papers (with research, informational and/or historical value) of staff and students of these institutions.
  • Personal papers (with research, informational and/or historical value) of New Zealand individuals.
  • Archives of community, cultural, professional and other societies, clubs and organisations.
  • Archives of businesses.

The collections include:

  • Minutes
  • Correspondence files
  • Reports and publications
  • Financial records
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Photographs
  • Maps and building plans
  • Audio-visual material
  • Digital materia
  • Museum objects

Massey University Archives Inventories

Dairy Records Archive

The Dairy Records Archive is an archive of business records associated with New Zealand’s agricultural industries. It started when dairy companies began to merge or close down from the 1960s onwards. It has particularly good coverage of companies in Northland, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatū, Southern Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and Southland. Most of the records date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Archive also holds records of meat companies, rabbit boards, stores specialising in supplying farmers, etc.

The types of records held for each company vary, and for some companies little is available. Usually minutes of meetings can be viewed, and some companies also have share registers, financial records, milk production records, company histories, legal papers, photographs and plans.

Massey University Archives Inventories

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