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Last updated: 13 December 2018

Ian Matheson City Archives, Palmerston North City Council

About Ian Matheson City Archives, Palmerston North City Council

Research and Archives

The Ian Matheson City Archives, housed in the Central Library, is the repository for the Palmerston North City Council archives and donated Manawatu and Palmerston North community archives. We also hold extensive research topic files (not listed here) on a wide variety of local subjects.

The archives are available from Research & Archives, 2nd Floor, Central Library. Appointments are strongly advised to ensure timely access to the collections

We have 427 collections in The Community Archive (with a total of 31 items) »

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Local authority
  • Community Archive

Archive types:

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

Research services:

Distance enquiries welcome.

Reproduction services:

Photocopying and scanning. Scanning to email if a small quantity. Photographic prints.


No charge to enter and access records in person. Photocopying 10c per sheet. First three scans free then $1 per scan.

Visitor information

Opening hours:

Mon., Tues., Fri.: 9.30am - 6pm; Wed.: 10am - 6pm; Thurs.: 9.30am - 8pm; Sat.: 10am - 4pm; Sun.: 1pm - 4pm

Onsite parking:

Metered parking is on the streets, and there is free 2-hour carpark a short walk away.

Physical access:

Open to public. Prior arrangement is strongly recommended to speed up access. Some records may require permission.

Contact details


4 The Square
Palmerston North

Postal address:

PO Box 1948
Palmerston North

Phone number:

  • +64 6 3514100