A-Z of our collections

Use this A to Z list to explore our collections including the many and diverse collections in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Alexander Turnbull Library Collections

New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collection.

Archive of New Zealand Music

The largest archive of unpublished material relating to New Zealand music and musicians.

Arthur Nelson Field Collection

One of the most complete collections of right-wing and fascist publications.

AtoJs Online

Digitised pages from the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives.


Carling Collection

75 works about Joan of Arc in both French and Englis

Cartographic Collection

Specialist map collection with around 82,000 maps, including digital static images of maps.

Corelli Collection

51 works by the occult novelist Marie Corel.


Danish Collection

230 items written in Danish and Norwegian.

Dorothy Neal White Collection

8,000 children’s books published before 1940 from NZ, Australia, Britain and the USA.

Drawings, Paintings, and Prints

More than 100,000 watercolours, drawings, sketchbooks, oil paintings and prints

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Earp Collection

400 volumes, chiefly concerned with beekeeping and bee culture.

Ephemera Collection

200,000 ephemera items dating from the 1840s to the present.

Esperanto Collection

200 books, periodicals, and manuscripts for the use of esperantists.


Family History Collection

Resources for researching family history and genealogy. Birth, death and marriage indexes, cemetery indexes and shipping passenger lists.

Fiction Collection

59,000 English language books written for adults. Popular fiction, crime, romance and detective stories.


Material by or about New Zealanders from a range of New Zealand newspapers and journals.

Fleck Collection

250 titles largely made up of works concerning art and architecture.

Fraser Collection

1085 titles that belonged to former Prime Minister Peter Fraser.


Gaelic Collection

31 works on Scottish history and Scottish Gaelic from 1831-1931.

General Lending Collection

The General Lending Collection has a strong NZ and Pacific focus. Books can be interloaned.

General Reference Collection

A large range of resources to support our reference services.

General Serials Collection

General Serials Collection includes print, online and microform journals, magazines and newspapers.

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Hodson Collection

61 works on theosophy, vegetarianism, animals, marriage, sex, and motherhood by the esoteric writer Geoffrey Hodson (1886-1983).


Index New Zealand (INNZ)

Searchable database of abstracts and descriptions from about 1000 NZ periodicals and newspapers — 1950s to the present day.

Italian Art Collection

171 titles, relating to major Italian artists and principally published in Italy during the 1950s. Most of the books are in Italian.


Laird Collection

37 works on Marxist philosophy, published between 1901 and 1959. Works written by or about Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.

Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand

Manuscript collections, books and serial titles, posters, flyers, buttons, sound and video recordings.


Mantell Collection

Scientific and literary works, spanning the early 1800’s to the early 1900’s collected by the Mantell family.

Manuscripts Collection

New Zealand’s major collection of non-government manuscripts. It fills over 10 kilometres of shelving.

Māori Reference Collection

Published items relating to Māori. The collection focuses on iwi, whakapapa and land information resources.

Montfort Trimble Collection

100 works printed between 1518 and 1925, mostly in Italian. Covers European politics from the 14th to the 17th centuries.

Motor Manuals Collection

The Motor Manuals Collection includes about 6,500 manuals for all makes and models dating back to the early 1900s.

Music collections and services

The largest and richest music collections in New Zealand and a wide range of resources for music researchers and musicians.

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National Children's Collection

100,000 books written for children and young people includes New Zealand and Pacific titles, award-winning and controversial children’s books.

National Library General Collections

These collections support our reference services and contain most NZ published material. Items are in a range of formats.

National Library Resources

A list of free and subscription resources to help you with your research. You will need to come into the library to access the resources we subscribe to.

National Newspaper Collection

Newspapers from NZ, Australia, and the Pacific. The most comprehensive collection of historical New Zealand newspapers.

New Zealand and Pacific book collection

300,000 books relating to New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica. Topics include Māori and Pacific Island languages, voyages, and history.

New Zealand and Pacific collection

New Zealand reference materials and New Zealand and Pacific books covering all subjects.

New Zealand Cartoon Archive

50,000 cartoons reflecting New Zealand society and politics. From the 19th century to the present.

New Zealand Music, Sound, Audio-visual collection

31,000 music recordings, 7,000 scores and sheet music items, 4,500 videos and DVDs.

New Zealand Serials Collection

Millions of issues from more than 40,000 magazine and periodical titles from NZ, the Pacific, Australia and Great Britain.

New Zealand Web Archive

A selected collection of archived websites about New Zealand and New Zealanders.


Oral History and Sound

10,000 recordings in the collection. Recordings with people from New Zealand and the Pacific.

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Papers Past

Papers Past is a goldmine of historical information. Millions of pages of digitised NZ content.

Photographic Archive

NZ’s foremost collections of photographs 1,600,000 items from the 1840s to the present.

Pop Fiction Collection

This collection represents the ephemeral novel, and shift in publishing business models.

Fiction and non-fiction audiobooks titles for people with print disabilities.

Publications New Zealand

NZ's national bibliography contains descriptions of novels, dvds, ebooks, maps, and magazines.


Ramsay Collection

New Zealand church and school histories. Over 800 titles put together by Sir Thomas Ramsay (1907-1995).

Ranfurly Collection

Drawings, photographs, diaries and reports of Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand 1897 to 1904.

Ranstead Collection

74 titles from the library of William Ranstead 1859 to 1944. Includes works by Robert Blatchford the founder of the socialist newspaper 'The Clarion'.

Rare Books and Fine Printing

29,000 printed books, along with medieval, non-western and some early-modern manuscripts. Includes John Milton's collection.

Robert and Mary Hogg Bequest

1100 titles concerning Scottish literature, history and topography donated in 1941 by Robert Hogg, socialist, journalist, editor and poe

Robert G. Barr Collection of Amateur Journalism

Over 1000 titles — serial publications by amateur handcraft printers and amateur journalists.

Robert Trimble Collection

430 titles of Irish literature and Trimble's published works on slavery.

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Schools Collection

Fiction and non-fiction books, and DVDs to support the teaching of the NZ school curriculum and learning goals from Year 1 to Year 13.

Shetland Islands Collection

72 titles includes works on the language and dialect, and the literature, history, and geography of the Shetland Islands.

Sir Donald McLean Papers

Sir Donald McLean's (1820 to 1877) papers. 100,000 digitised items and 3000 letters in te reo Māori.

Subscription E-Resources

Search electronic resources and databases from around the world.

Susan Price collection

A private collection of children’s books published from 1930 to today.


Te Ao Hou Te Kohikohinga o Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika

Ko tēnei kohinga o Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika ko ngā putunga kōrero o te pātaka o te teihana reo Māori o te Whanga-nui-a-Tara. 1983 me 1994.

Te Upoko o Te Ika — Māori radio collection

An archive of Te Upoko o Te Ika radio programmes mostly broadcast between 1983 and 1994. The Wellington-based Māori radio station has covered most of the Māori community events in the region.

Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand

New Zealand’s most important research publications, particularly for science. 1868 to 1961. Includes science, ethnography, agriculture, history and literature.

Turnbull General Collection

40,000 books related to areas outside New Zealand and the Pacific. It includes works on Milton, and the history of the book.

Turnbull Library Pictures

200,000 photographic copies of images from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections — drawings, cartoons, maps posters and photos.

Turnbull Named Collections

List of personal libraries of collectors that have been donated to us.


Wood Collection

210 illustrated books published in England during the mid to late nineteenth century.

Wright Collection

550 titles that relate to comparative religion, philosophy, theology, ethics, morality and health.

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