Last updated: 29 March 2016

Hocken Collections, University of Otago

About Hocken Collections, University of Otago

Hocken Library

The Hocken collects widely in relation to the history and culture of New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica, with a special emphasis on the Otago and Southland regions of New Zealand.

The archives and manuscripts collections include the papers of Samuel Marsden and other early missionaries, Edward Shortland, James Hector, Herries Beattie, Charles Brasch, Janet Frame, James K. Baxter, Hone Tuwhare, Roger Hall, Colin McCahon and other writers and artists, the Royal NZ Plunket Society, the NZ Alpine Club, the Anglican and Methodist Churches of Otago and Southland, the Union Steam Ship Company, National Mortgage & Agency Company of New Zealand Ltd, the archives of the University of Otago, J.T. Paul, William Downie Stewart, Michael Cullen and other politicians, soldiers papers, many Otago schools, Otago sporting organisations, some Otago local authorities.

As well as the archives and manuscripts collections, the Hocken collects books, ephemera, posters, newspapers, journals, music, maps, photographs, paintings, drawings and film. In date, they range from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Please note that although we have records for only a small number of collections available through the Community Archive, we hold over 6,000 collections amounting to over 10,000 linear metres of archives and manuscripts. For more detailed description of our holdings we suggest that you search our online catalogue, Hakena, at

We have 615 collections in The Community Archive »

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Special/research library or institution

Archive types:

  • Voluntary group archives, clubs, societies, etc.
  • Religious archives
  • Business archives
  • Art or literature
  • Military records
  • Personal papers
  • School records
  • Tertiary records
  • Māori archives
  • Whānau archives
  • Ethnic records/archives
  • Local government

Research services:

The collection is available to both the public and the University, providing both a personal and written reference service.

Reproduction services:

We can provide both photocopies for personal research and digital reproductions suitable for publication.


There are no charges for access to the collections, please enquire for costs of copying services.

Visitor information

Opening hours:

9.00am to 5.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. 9.00am to 9.00pm Tuesdays. 9.00am to 12.00 noon Saturdays. The Pictorial Collections are open from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on weekdays.

Onsite parking:

1 and 2 hour, and all day free parking is available in Parry Street, are 2 free visitor car parks available behind building. Please note that during University term time parking is in heavy demand in this area.

Physical access:

Wheel chair access to all public spaces. Visitor wheelchair available, internal lift access to 1st floor.

Contact details

Contact person:


Cnr Anzac Avenue and Parry Street

Postal address:

PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

Phone number:

  • +64 3 4798875

Fax number:

  • +64 3 4795078