About the Hocken Collections

The Hocken Collections – Te Uare Taoka o Hākena is a research library, archive and gallery that collects widely in relation to the history and culture of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica, with a special emphasis on the Otago region of New Zealand.

The collections include books, ephemera, posters, newspapers, journals, music, maps, archives, manuscripts, photographs, paintings, drawings and film. In date, they range from the seventeenth century to the present day.

In keeping with the original Deed of Trust the Hocken Collections is open to all individuals who wish to visit our reading rooms and exhibitions. For those people who cannot visit there are research/reference services available.

The Hocken is part of the University of Otago Library.

To find out more see our webpages http://www.library.otago.ac.nz/hocken/index.html. We also have a Facebook page and a Wikipedia entry.

7 thoughts on “About the Hocken Collections

  1. Can you help us get a higher resolution of the ‘the man with the donkey” image shown on blog link below?
    We want to use this image on a folder we are currently designing for commercial purposes. Please advise if available and if any fee is involved to use for a quantity of 1000 folders.
    Please ingore my earlier email incorrectly using my personal email instead of work email address.
    Thanks, Judy

  2. Hi Judy, yes it is possible to get a high res image. The fees will be $23 for the image plus a commercial use fee. We will be in touch via email to find out more from you.
    Kind regards

  3. Good morning,
    I am looking for a copy of an article published in the NZ Listener of 23 April 1948: “Cheaper Houses that Last Longer” by R. Ammer (the nom-de-plume of my grandfather).
    Can I access this somehow?
    Thanks, Andrew

  4. Kia ora,
    I am looking for any historical photographs that may have been taken of the dune vegetation at the Tomahawk or Smaills beaches in Dunedin. How would I go about finding these images if they exist in your collection?
    Kind regards,

    • Kia ora Nicole,

      My apologies for the late reply, WordPress doesn’t always notify us of comments. The best way to contact Hocken with research requests is to email us. photos.hocken@otago.ac.nz. For photographs we also have two online databases that might help. Hākena is the catalogue for unpublished collections (archives, photos, ephemera and pictures). And Hocken Snapshop is a database of around 30,000 digitised photos of a wide variety of subjects.

      Kind regards
      Anna Blackman

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