The Papers Past website is a goldmine of historical information, with more than 4 million pages of digitised historical content from all over New Zealand. The content is divided into 4 sections — all containing digitised primary source materials.
Newspapers — digitised NZ and Pacific newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including are early te reo Māori newspapers. Each newspaper has its own page containing information about the publication and its availability online.
Magazines and journals — magazines and journals published in New Zealand from 1861 to 1975, including information about the region, dates published, alternative titles and digitised issues for each magazine or journal.
Letters and diaries — a range of personal and official letters written between 1839 and 1876, including:
- inward letters in English and Māori
- letter books, outward letters — drafts and fragments
- diaries and notebooks
- official papers
- inward family letters.
Parliamentary papers — comprise 3 volumes of the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives (1854-1856) and the appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858 to 1950.