Sir George Grey Special Collections

Selection of sheet music collections. Music 

Information about Auckland Libraries heritage music collections.

The material in our music heritage collections is of historic interest, and relates to the development of New Zealand music.

The Sir George Grey Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Central City Library.

Music programmes collection

The music programme collection consists of concert programmes from the Auckland region. Dating from 1848 through to the present, the collection provides a profile of the cultural life of Auckland.

Use the Index Auckland database to search for material.

New Zealand sound recordings collection

A reference collection of New Zealand music recordings is available for use in the Sir George Grey Special Collections department.

The collection is comprised of a wide array of music, in a variety of formats, including: vinyl, cassettes and compact discs.

There are duplicate copies of most reference materials in the lending collection.

Sheet music collection

We house a comprehensive collection of New Zealand sheet music. Such gems as the original manuscript of God defend New Zealand sit alongside contemporary classic, Nature's best: New Zealand's top 30 songs of all-time.

There are duplicate copies of most reference materials in the lending collection.

Made in Auckland collection

The Made in Auckland collection features unsigned artists across multiple genres, reflecting the creative output of local musicians from 2005 until 2012.
The CDs are not available for borrowing but can be listened to in the Sir George Grey Special Collections reading room on request.

View the list of Made in Auckland CDs 

We are no longer accepting submissions to this collection.

Ephemera Collection

Ephemera is a term for printed material with a limited life-span - tickets, flyers, cards, programmes, posters, etc - which is produced to pass on details about specific issues, activities, events, products, and services.

The Ephemera collection contains programmes from concerts performed throughout New Zealand.

Ephemera in the library's three ephemera collections date from the 1840s to the present day; items can be located using the Ephemera Index.

Māori material in Te Kohinga Matua

Material for researching Māori music is available in Te Kohinga Matua in the Central City Library. Resources include reference books, videos and sound recordings.

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