Doing Your Own Research

Archives are fascinating and challenging resources. Archives New Zealand endeavours to provide information to help researchers who wish to visit one of our reading rooms and use our archives.

Please see the following for advice on conducting your own research:

This advice will enable you to maximise your time and energy, whether you are ordering records at an Archives New Zealand office or using our services from home.

Advice on what you should consider, bring and look at before you visit one of our our reading rooms, details about how we provide access, and information regarding the online finding aid Archway are all essential facts we provide to assist researchers.

We also describe how the reading rooms work, how we can help when you visit, how to use contextural information to find records in Archway, and can help explain the way our archival system is used to describe records.

If you have any further questions please consult our research guides or contact us directly.

Reader card

Please remember to always have your reader card with you when visiting Archives New Zealand. Before viewing any record in one of our reading rooms you must first present your card at the issues and returns desk.

If you have lost your card or do not yet have a card, please bring photo ID to the relevant reading room and a new one can be provided. You can also register for a reader card in advance to collect when you visit one of our offices.