Archives collections

The Archives are a rich collection of primary sources for the city’s history. The collection includes the records of local and community organisations and clubs, church archives, genealogical records, business archives, original diaries and manuscripts, as well as the papers of individuals. The material relates to Christchurch, the Canterbury region and the Chatham Islands from 1850 onwards.

Archives and Research collection currently unavailable

Please note that Archives and Research collection material is not available while we prepare for the opening of Tūranga (new central library).

The Archives and Research collection will be housed on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga from 12 October 2018.

How can I find out what is held in the Archives?

Search the Christchurch City Libraries catalogue.

Additions to the Archives

The library welcomes offers of additions to the archives. If you have material documenting aspects of our past or present-day life and are interested in its preservation please contact the Archivists, on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga.

Offers of additions to the archives will be assessed as to whether the material meets the collection criteria of the Christchurch City Libraries Archives. If the library is not the most appropriate repository for the material, then alternative institutes will be recommended.

Other archives

The library has a comprehensive list of links to archives - national and international. Some archives have material that can be viewed online.

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