Papers Past contains digitised pages from New Zealand newspapers and periodicals published between 1839 and 1948. It covers over 100 titles from throughout New Zealand.
Why use Papers Past?
The newspapers in Papers Past are a good source of information about the social and political events of the times. Researchers of family history and whakapapa (genealogy) will find the shipping news, births, deaths and marriages of interest. Advertising also features strongly. A range of regional newspapers are available on the site, making it a valuable source of information on life outside the main centres.
What's available on Papers Past?
Papers Past covers over 100 titles from throughout New Zealand. The titles and dates of the newspapers that have been digitised are listed on the Papers Past website. At the moment, you can search this site for article titles, image captions, and other shorter bits of text. On the Papers Past site, all newspapers are fully searchable by their complete text, and can also be browsed by date, region and title.
Selecting newspapers for addition
We have a couple of ways to add more titles and more newspapers to Papers Past. We have an ongoing selection process, tracking suggested titles. We investigate each title, working out its copyright status, the quality and availability of microfilm, and geographic coverage. With that information, we are able decide what titles are suitable for digitisation.
The Library also runs an annual Collaborative Digitisation Programme, when we invite external groups to join with us in digitising a newspaper of their suggestion, and the costs of digitisation are shared.
Access items in this collection
Although the Papers Past website contains over 3 million individual newspaper pages, this is only a small proportion of the Library's newspaper collections. You can access a much wider range of newspapers by visiting the Library, including current publications, in print and on microfilm.