A treasure-trove of memory: the Massey University Archives

The University Archives has been in existence since 1986 and serves as the storehouse of unique, historical, and important material. We hold two main collections. The first consists of material around the university’s history – this ranges from official university records to the recollections of our alumni, to the records of our students’ associations and everything in between.

Our other main collection is comprised of the archival collections of New Zealand businesses, organisations, and individuals. These collections are a rich source of historical information about New Zealand and its social, economic, and institutional history.

We are open to the public for research and visits and often do tours of our facilities. Our reading room in the Practical Teaching Complex is open on weekdays and is conveniently located close to the Orchard Road car park on the Manawatū campus. For those of you who prefer to see material online, we have many items accessible and searchable via our online platform, Tāmiro (https://tamiro.massey.ac.nz/). The Archives’ website can be viewed at http://archives.massey.ac.nz.

The growth of our collections relies very much on the university’s alumni, students, and staff. The collections are filled with photographs, publications, recollections, personal papers, records, and objects received from alumni over the decades. It you have items that you would like preserved for future generations, please get in touch with us. We would be happy to discuss such donations. Our phone number is +64 6 951 6800 and our email address is libarch@massey.ac.nz

University Archivist Louis Changuion with a Massey University rugby blazer
University Archivist Louis Changuion with a Massey University rugby blazer (note the university coat-of-arms on the pocket) and a New Zealand Junior All Black rugby jersey. Both of these items were donated by an alumnus, who also happens to be a Massey staff member.
University Archivist Louis Changuion with a Wool book
Louis with a wool book. This wool book was assembled by a Diploma in Agriculture student in 1954 as part of his studies.