Local History Collections

Find archives and research collections in local libraries and museums.

Richmond Library

The following two local history collections are for use in the library only and are available for use in the Research Room at Richmond Library.  Most of the material is in locked cabinets so please ask library staff for assistance.

Waimea South Genealogy and History Collection

Archives, unpublished family information, historic photographs, and other items relating to the Waimea South area.


The collection is jointly owned by the Tasman Council and The Waimea South Historical Society. Some items from this collection have been digitised and are available on Kete Tasman.

Local History Collection

Books, journals, published family histories and other items from the Nelson Tasman area. Highlights include a Roll of Honour and Directories of local service people who served in the Boer War, World War One and World War Two.

Motueka, Takaka and Murchison Libraries

Each library holds local history and genealogy resources specifically pertaining to their area as well as more general local history books.

For more information, contact your local library branch.

Collections in Other Local Organisations

These local organisations have archival collections and other resources of significant value to family historians and researchers.

Nelson Public Libraries - Heritage Collections

Includes the complete run of the Nelson Mail (Nelson Evening Mail) on microfilm, as well as a Māori Heritage Collection containing items of significant heritage or research value relating to local tangata whenua.

Nelson Provincial Museum - Research Facility Collections

An extensive range of local history materials including publications, photographic and archival collections. The collection's strength is in the period 1841-1920.

Golden Bay Museum Archive and Reference Library

Collections focus on the history and geology of the Golden Bay area. The Museum archives hold information on and photographs of Golden Bay families and local industries.

Motueka District Museum Research Room

Family histories, photographs, and scrapbooks on Motueka and surrounding areas including Mapua, Moutere and the Abel Tasman National Park.

Murchison Museum

Collections include photographs and written accounts of the devastating 1929 Murchison Earthquake, as well as early agricultural machinery.

Related Links

www.tasman.govt.nz newzealand.govt.nz