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Art and Archives: Archives collection

Temporary guide for Art and Archives pages

Archives collection

Archivist with students


The Macmillan Brown Library holds unique primary source material for use in research and teaching for UC staff and students, and members of the external community.

Documentary archives

Hand-written journal from Comber papers

Manuscripts, diaries, letters, ledgers, oral histories, and more from a wide range of people, families, groups, and businesses.

Architectural drawings

Christchurch Town Hall architectural drawing

Over 160,000 architectural drawings from many of Canterbury's most prominent architects, covering the built environment from the late 19th century to the modern day.


Cat photo from Charles Chilton Collection

From glassplate to digital photography, the library holds thousands of images of New Zealand and overseas, on a range of subjects including social and working life, people, landscapes, and technology.