Documentary Archives - Macmillan Brown Library - Library - University of Canterbury

Documentary Archives

letter of appointment to Dr Fenwick 1912
Letter of appointment as honorary consulting staff at Christchurch Hospital to Dr Fenwick 1912

Access and Restrictions

The archives are freely available for use by students and staff of the University of Canterbury and by external researchers from outside the University. External researchers have free access to the archives collections because of the unique nature of the material.

The main method of accessing our archives is via our inventories and finding aids. These can be found online in Kā Kohika.

Some accessions have additional access restrictions for legal, privacy or conservation reasons. Users should contact the Macmillan Brown Library at least 72 hours prior to their visit if they wish to consult a restricted archive.

How to Request an Archive

Archives can be requested for viewing at the Macmillan Brown Library. Register, and request online using Kā Kohika. If you have problems doing this e-mail the Macmillan Brown Library.

Archives Retrieval Times

  • Archives will normally be available from 12.00pm the next working day after the request is made.
  • During periods of high demand, or if you request is large, some delays can be expected.
  • Archives will be held out for two weeks from the date of issue, after which they will be returned to the stack unless an extension is requested.
  • Archives can only be viewed within the confines of the Macmillan Brown Library reading room.

Out of Town Users

If you are only going to be in Christchurch for a few days and would like to use our archival collections we strongly suggest that you e-mail the Macmillan Brown Library and make arrangements to pre-order the item you would like to view at least 72 hours prior to your visit. This will avoid delays should we encounter a busy period during the time of your visit.

Macmillan Brown Library

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Macmillan Brown Library
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New Zealand

Archives Collection Policy

  • Our collecting activities are orientated towards supporting the research needs of University of Canterbury staff and students, but as part of this goal we also aim to preserve records of historical significance to the wider community.
  • The collection is particularly strong in the areas of the records of Trade Unions, personal papers gathered by Members of Parliament and Ministers of the Crown, personal and family papers compiled by individuals, the records of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, University of Canterbury records and the papers of voluntary groups active in the community. Our collecting activities are designed to build upon these strengths.
  • In addition we pursue the collection of records from a broad cross section of the community, from both organisations and individuals.
  • We hope the material we collect will reflect the core activities of these individuals and groups and therefore preserve an accurate record for present and future generations of researchers.
  • If you have material you would like to donate please contact the Macmillan Brown Library.