Auckland Libraries: UNESCO Memory of the World collections at Auckland Libraries

UNESCO Memory of the World collections at Auckland Libraries

Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections have been recognised with inscriptions on the UNESCO Aotearoa NZ Memory of the World Register 

The Memory of the World programme was launched in 1992 with over 60 countries involved. The Aotearoa NZ register was launched in 2010 by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. It celebrates unique documentary heritage collections with significant research value. 

Documentary heritage formats include paper, photographs, audio visual recordings as well as digital content. There are two components to documentary heritage, both the information content and the carrier on which the information resides.

There are currently six Auckland Libraries inscriptions:


#04 Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscript Collection (2011)

The Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscript collection is a substantial cultural and historical record of pre-European examples of Māori knowledge and information.


This record is located at the Heritage Collections, Central City Library.


#10 God Defend NZ original score and lyrics (2013)


As New Zealand’s national anthem, ‘God Defend New Zealand’ is one of our most powerful symbols of national identity.

View the collection on Kura Heritage Collections Online:

This record is located at the Heritage Collections, Central City Library.


#21 John A. Lee Papers (2017)

The John A Lee papers comprise personal letters, photographs, annotated scrapbooks, hand-written manuscripts and typescripts of his published works, speeches and radio broadcasts.


This record is located at the Heritage Collections, Central City Library.


#22 The J.T. Diamond West Auckland History Collection (2017)



This collection represents 70 years of research on the Western Districts by the late amateur historian and archaeologist John (Jack) Thomas Diamond (1912-2001), showcasing the life of Māori and Pākehā in West Auckland, as well as West Auckland industries.


This record is physically located at the Research West, Waitākere Central Library.


#36 C.P. Dawes Collection (2019)

This is a collection of around 2,200 glass plate negatives from the last years of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th, largely around the Hokianga - formal portraits and informal photos of Dawes' neighbours at work and at play.


This record is located at the Heritage Collections, Central City Library.


#38 Richard Davis Meteorological Records, 1839-1851 (2019)

The weather journals (1839-1844 and 1849-1851) of Richard Davis are a record of weather observations which has allowed National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research climate scientists to develop a better understanding of the historical weather record of northern New Zealand.


This record is located at the Heritage Collections, Central City Library.



Auckland Libraries:UNESCO Memory of the World collections at Auckland Libraries Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections have been recognised with inscriptions on the UNESCO Aotearoa NZ Memory of the World Register. It celebrates unique documentary heritage collections with significant research value.