Updates on access and availability to archive collections following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Christchurch and Canterbury

Anglican Church Archives Christchurch
Archives of the Anglican diocese of Christchurch. Parish records and histories. Open to the public.

Archives New Zealand Christchurch office
Information on Archives New Zealand and their work with New Zealand’s official government records. About research, services, and exhibitions.

Canterbury Museum – Documentary Research Centre
Archives and library. Resources include photographs, artworks, architectural plans, diaries, letters and records of organisations, maps and biographical indexes. Open to the public.

Christ Church Cathedral Archives
Archives of Christ Church Cathedral. Collection of written material and photographs documenting the history and development of the Cathedral. Website has historic photographs and documents.

Christchurch City Council Archives
Records dating back to 1862 of the Christchurch City Council and other Christchurch local authorities who have been amalgamated into the City Council. Visiting by appointment only –

Kowai Archives Society
Kowai Archives Society was formed in 1990 from a Sefton-Kowai Country Womens Institute project to preserve district records. The Society in turn, in 1995, restored the defunct Kowai Council Office as a base for its activities.
The collection includes: school rolls, baptisms, marriages, burials, land titles, Horrell files, maps, photographs and family trees.
There are also special items of local (Kowai) historical significance, scrapbooks and clippings for local papers.
The Archives operates from the former Kowai County Council Office (built in 1923); open the second Sunday of each month, 2 to 4 pm; or by arrangement.
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Methodist Church Archives
Archives of the Methodist church, located in Christchurch and Auckland. Open to the public. Online timeline of the church and historical list of ministers, deacons and home missionaries.

Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero
New Zealand’s foremost radio archive, responsible for managing, collecting, preserving and providing access to the nation’s recorded radio heritage. Offices in Christchurch and Auckland.

UC Alumni Association Reunion Archives
Online archive of material from University of Canterbury class and halls reunions.

University of Canterbury Archives
Archive of the University of Canterbury. Located in the MacMillan Brown Library. Includes manuscripts, photographs, art, and architectural drawings. Available to researchers.

School archives

Christ’s College Archives
Archives recording College life, from socks to text books, examination papers to cricket caps, inkwells to ties.

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Archives
Archives relating to the school. Contact the school for more information.
December 2011: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Archives have been put into storage and are not available for research.

St Margaret’s College Archives
Available for research on Thursdays and Fridays.  Please contact the archivist,  Geraldine Pickles, to arrange an appointment.