Haast family: Collection

Date
1842-1948
By
Haast, Heinrich Ferdinand von, 1864-1953; Haast, Johann Franz Julius von, 1822-1887
Ref
ATL-Group-00475
Description

The collection comprises correspondence, manuscripts, documents, certificates, and printed matter, including newspaper cuttings, photographs, drawings and sketches, maps, and curios. The papers are arranged in series of ‘Official papers and correspondence’, ‘Personal correspondence’, ‘Manuscripts’, and ‘Printed material’. The letters are also divided into series by language, with most of the English language correspondence accommodated in the series ‘Personal correspondence’, and letters in other languages in the series ‘French letters’, ‘German letters’ and ‘Italian and other letters’. The photographs consist of two albums of landscape photographs, and portraits in carte de visite and cabinet card format. The drawings, paintings, and prints part of the collection consists mainly of sketches executed in pencil, ink, and watercolour, and largely comprise Haast’s working drawings from his field survey work in the provinces of Nelson, Canterbury, and Westland. Many feature panoramic views of the Southern Alps, capturing cartographic and topographic information with notes on the geological features, vegetation, and annotated place names. The collection also features curios, including medals and awards, along with porcelain and furniture.

The papers of Wellington solicitor Dr Heinrich von Haast mainly relate to his work as an editor and writer, especially the preparation of the biography of his father published in 1948.

Collection inscribed in UNESCO New Zealand Memory of the World register in 2019.

Title supplied by Library.

Arrangement: Various parts of the collection were formerly described in separate finding aids based on format. The separate components have been brought together as a collection to reflect the common provenance of the material.

Sir Julius von Haast (1822-1887) created the collection from the time of his arrival in New Zealand in 1858 to the time of his death in 1887. His son Dr Heinrich Ferdinand von Haast (1864-1953) inherited the collection from his father and used it as the basis for his research and added his own papers from his work as an author and editor.

Quantity: 405 b&w original photographic print(s). 385 folder(s). 165 drawing(s). 96 curio(s). 7 b&w photo-mechanical print(s). 2 album(s). 1 volume(s).

Physical Description: Manuscripts, photographs, drawings, and curios.

Provenance: The papers of Sir Julius von Haast were inherited by his son and biographer Heinrich Ferdinand von Haast, who donated them to the Library along with his own papers after publishing 'The Life & Times of Sir Julius von Haast' in 1948, with some residual material from his estate being deposited by his widow Mary von Haast following her husbands death in 1953.

Processing information: Collection previously dispersed among different curatorial sections based on format and described in separate groups of format-based descriptive records, were brought together in this finding aid based on common provenance in 2020.

Access restrictions
Partly restricted material
Format
405 b&w original photographic print(s), 385 folder(s), 165 drawing(s), 96 curio(s), 7 b&w photo-mechanical print(s), 2 album(s), 1 volume(s), Curios, Drawings, Manuscripts, Photographs, Manuscripts, photographs, drawings, and curios.
There are 45 sub-groups.
There are 1,037 items in total.
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There are 1,037 items in this group.
Date: [1866] From: Haast family: Collection By: Haast, Johann Franz Julius von, 1822-1887 Ref: A-149-013 Description: Two men in the left foreground on the banks of a rocky stream, with Mount Whitcombe on the upper left, Whitcombe Pass in the centre and Mount Martius on the...
Date: [n d] From: Haast family: Collection Ref: MS-Papers-0037-332 Description: Finding Aids: Inventory available.
Date: 1936-1948 From: Haast family: Collection Ref: MS-Papers-0037-291
Date: 1860 - 1887 From: Haast family: Collection Ref: C-097-150 Description: Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical Description: Ink, 127 mm (diameter).
Date: 1861-1886 From: Haast family: Collection Ref: MS-Papers-0037-054 Description: Finding Aids: Inventory available.
Schier (Buenos Aires): Portrait of Prof. Dr Hermann Burmeister
Date: April 1879 From: Haast family: Collection By: Schier, active 1870s Ref: PA2-1613 Description: Inscriptions: Verso - Dr Burmeister .........72 Buenor Aires 2-24 April 1879 and in a different handwriting Prof. Dr Hermann Burmeister - Naturalist, b 18...
Date: 1869-1885 From: Haast family: Collection Ref: MS-Papers-0037-197 Description: Finding Aids: Inventory available. Processing information: Archivists notes - Record revised by Sascha Nolden as part of Haast Project in 2015 - original re...
Kilburn, William Edward, 1818-1891: Portrait of Frances Harriet Hooker
Date: 1800 - 1900 From: Haast family: Collection By: Kilburn, William Edward, 1818-1891 Ref: PA2-0959 Description: Quantity: 1 b&w original photographic print(s).
Photographer unknown: Portrait of unidentified woman
Date: 1860 - 1880 From: Haast family: Collection Ref: PA2-2165 Description: Quantity: 1 b&w original photographic print(s).
Date: 1885 From: Haast family: Collection Ref: MS-Papers-0037-231 Description: Finding Aids: Inventory available.