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Nelson Institute

Collection | Ref # AG 304 | Held by The Nelson Provincial Museum

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Nelson Institute


Nelson Institute

Level of description:



10 folders ; 2 v.

Reference number:

AG 304

Former NRAM reference number:



The Nelson Literary & Scientific Institution was formed at a meeting of the Officers on board the "Whitby" on 17 May 1841, on their way to Nelson.
The first premises were opened in September 1842 on part of town acre 445, Trafalgar Street (site occupied by Eelco's in 2002). Land in Hardy Street was granted for a site in Hardy Street in 1859. A new Institute building was opened in 1911 on the same site after the first building was destroyed by fire 6 years earlier.
In 1965, the Nelson Institute was dissolved. Nelson City Council took over all the assets of Nelson Public Library. Nelson Provincial Museum Trust Board took over the running of the museum (1963).

Records comprise loose minutes of committee and annual general meetings, 2 scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings, correspondence, 6 folders of papers on various topics including legal matters, adult education, town planning submissions, sample letterhead and rules of the Institute.


Dates covered:

1962 - 1984

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Descriptive inventory

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Nelson · Tasman

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