The Research Library and Archive Collection is housed at the Museum's Research Facility, Isel Park, Hilliard St, Stoke, Nelson.
The facility will be open, by appointment only, Tuesday to Friday, 12.30pm to 4.30pm. The facility will be closed Saturday to Monday inclusive.
You are welcome to make an appointment to undertake the research yourself with guidance from staff on the resources held. Contact the department you wish to use.
Research Archive resources include:
Diaries, manuscripts, correspondence of early settlers, transcriptions of voyages out to Nelson from the “Motherland”, daily life of farming activities, information on businesses, organisations and individuals. Biography and subject reference files are available onsite at the Research Facility.
Archival group listings for individuals, families, groups, businesses, associations, some schools and indexed scrapbooks of Nelson Tasman history not yet available on Papers Past.
Map and architectural plan collection dating from 1842.
Passenger indexes, 1840s-1880s
Nelson censuses 1845 and 1849
Jury lists 1843-1861
Directories for business and address information – Lucas’ Almanac, Stones and New Zealand Post Office directories and Nelson/ Tasman telephone directories, 1894, 1902, 1919, 1922 – (series not complete)
Indexed Birth, Death and Marriages (BDM)
Drowning in New Zealand index 1840-1875
Marriage and baptism records for Catholic, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches in Nelson and Tasman
School admission, progress and withdrawal registers (not all school records held)
Name index to the Nelson Provincial Gazette 1853-1875
Anniversaries Index: Nelson 1842-1963 (from NEM, 1963)
Golden Bay Colonist Index, 1857-1858, 1860, 1870-1871, 1875, 1877, 1879, 1880
Nelson Board of Works: Name index to inwards correspondence, 1857-1872
Ancient Order of Foresters. Court Robin Hood: Register 1863-1901
Ancient Order of Foresters. Court Sherwood Forest: Register 1887-ca. 1907
Index to the Nelson Volunteer Rifles, no. 1 Company, 1861-1862
Index to Nelson Rifle Volunteers’ Nominal Roll 1910-1911
Diary transcripts for WWI diaries:
F.G. Gibbs diaries transcripts
More digitised information to follow for manuscript and archival group lists.
Phone the Archive: 03 547 9740
Leave a message on the voicemail if unattended.