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Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago

About Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena, 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:

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

Research services:

The collection is available to both the public and the University, providing both a personal and written reference service. If you do not have a Hocken card or Otago tertiary ID, please bring photo ID to register with us.

Reproduction services:

Photocopy and digital copy services provided. Reproduction and copying conditions of use, price list, copyright conditions available from website. Researchers may make digital images for research from approved items.


There are no charges for access to the collections.

Visitor information

Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Onsite parking:

1 and 2 hour, and all day free parking is available in Parry Street, as well as an all day paid parking area. There is one free visitor car park available behind building.

Physical access:

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

Contact details

Contact person:


90 Anzac Avenue
North Dunedin

Postal address:

PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

Phone number:

  • +64 3 4798875

Fax number:

  • +64 3 4795078