Turnbull metadata via DigitalNZ API

Use the DigitalNZ API to access and use metadata.

Many of Alexander Turnbull's Library's unpublished collections are available digitally. With the DigitalNZ API you can access and use metadata for open access born-digital and digitised material, including photographic items, letters, diaries, and much more.

Using the DigitalNZ API, including documentation and code samples

Restricting the API to this set of metadata

Call only the metadata of these digital objects by specifying a collection of TAPUHI in your query. In this example you will be searching for the text 'social welfare' in just these records:

Return data in json


Return data in xml


What can I do with this?

The possibilities are endless! Return all records on a subject, in a particular region, involving a person of interest. Build a custom search to suit your interests or display images on a hobby. Whatever you make, we'd be interested in hearing about it.

Terms of use

Metadata available through the DigitalNZ API has been licensed for use by its owners, and API access has some restrictions, such as not sharing your API key and ensuring you identify the source.

Read the DNZ API Terms of Use

This dataset is a Crown Copyright dataset licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. In essence, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the work to Alexander Turnbull Library and abide by the other licence terms.

Please note that this licence relates to the metadata only, not the collections or items described.