Haast family: Collection
- Haast, Heinrich Ferdinand von, 1864-1953; Haast, Johann Franz Julius von, 1822-1887
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.
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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.
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- 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.
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