Archives at Massey University

Massey University Archives | Dairy Records Archive

Welcome to our archives pages. Please feel free to browse through our pages and collections. We are excited to announce that a growing number of our collections can be viewed on Tāmiro, where we showcase selected taonga. Our collections are searchable through hardcopy finding aids in our reading room and through electronic finding aids on this website and also on the website of The Community Archive.


Massey University Archives

The collections held at the University Archives include:

  • Records, documents and memorabilia of Massey University and its antecedent institutions including the Massey Agricultural College, Palmerston North University College, Palmerston North College of Education and Wellington Polytechnic.
  • Archives relating to disciplines taught and researched at Massey University.
  • Archives of organisations affiliated with Massey University.
  • Personal papers (with research, informational and/or historical value) of staff and students of these institutions.
  • Personal papers (with research, informational and/or historical value) of New Zealand individuals.
  • Archives of community, cultural, professional and other societies, clubs and organisations.
  • Archives of businesses.

The collections include, among other things, minutes, correspondence files, reports and publications, financial records, newspaper clippings, photographs, maps and building plans, audio-visual material, digital material and museum objects.

A small selection of photographs from the Archives' photograph collections can be viewed in the History of Massey University section of the University's photostream on Flickr.

Check out the Massey University Timeline for dates and facts about the development of the University.

The University Archives' collections are accessible to University staff, students and members of the public during opening hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The University Archivist may need to restrict access to some material under the provisions of the Public Records Act 2005, the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and other legislation, or for preservation reasons.

 Room 1.38, Practical Teaching Complex, Albany Drive, Manawatū Campus, Palmerston North.


University Archivist: Louis Changuion. Phone (06) 356-9099 ext. 83197 or DDI (06) 951-6197.

Archives Assistant: Jo Buckland. Phone (06) 356-9099 ext. 83783 or DDI (06) 951-6783.

Dairy Records Archive

This is an archive of business records associated with New Zealand’s agricultural industries. It started when dairy companies began to merge or close down from the 1960s onwards. It has particularly good coverage of companies in Northland, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatū, Southern Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and Southland. Most of the records date from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Also held are records of meat companies, rabbit boards, stores specialising in supplying farmers, etc.

The types of records held for each company vary, and for some companies little is available. Usually minutes of meetings can be viewed, and some companies also have share registers, financial records, milk production records, company histories, legal papers, photographs and plans.

Access: University Staff, students and members of the public are welcome to use the Archives by appointment during opening hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. However, the Dairy Records Archivist may need to restrict access to some material under the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993, and for preservation reasons.

Location: Library, Library Road, Manawatū Campus, Palmerston North.

Dairy Records Archivist: Norah Mosen. Phone (06) 356-9099 ext. 83812 or DDI (06) 951-6812.

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