Photographs in the collections may be negatives, prints, transparencies, slides, or digital files. Images can be made on paper, film, or glass; and are sometimes found on other materials like metal or leather.

Photographic Archive

Original photographs of New Zealand and the Pacific from the 1850s to the present day are in the Turnbull Library’s Photographic Archive. Search for descriptions of photographs, including negatives and photo albums, on TAPUHI.

More about the Photographic Archive collection

Turnbull Library Pictures

Copy prints of original photographs (including negatives) from the collections are in Turnbull Library Pictures. You can browse images in the Library's Reading Room.

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Digital copies of photographs

Digital copies of photographs from the Turnbull Library collections can be found through the National Library Beta.

Photographs in diaries, scrapbooks, and sketchbooks

You may find photographs in diaries and scrapbooks in the Manuscripts Collection, or in sketchbooks in the Drawings, Paintings and Prints collection. Search for descriptions of manuscripts and pictorial items on TAPUHI.

More about the Manuscripts Collection

More about the Drawings, Paintings and Prints collection

Photographic ephemera in the Printed Ephemera Collection

The Printed Ephemera Collection contains photographic postcards, posters and calendars. Search for descriptions of ephemera items on TAPUHI.

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Photographic illustrations in the New Zealand and Pacific Book Collection

Some published books held in the New Zealand and Pacific Book Collection have original photographs as illustrations. Search for descriptions of books in this collection on the National Library Catalogue.

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Reproductions of photographs in newspapers and serials

You can find many reproductions of photographs in newspapers and illustrated magazines from the Library’s collections. Search for descriptions of newspapers and serials on the National Library Catalogue.

More about the National Newspaper Collection

More about the New Zealand Serials Collection

More about the General Serials Collection

Photographs in other institutions

The Matapihi website lets you search for photographs from the online collections of several New Zealand cultural organisations, including images from the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Matapihi website

These organisations and websites also provide access to photograph collections:

Photographs at Auckland City Libraries – Auckland City Libraries website

Auckland Museum Pictorial Collection – Auckland Museum website

Te Papa Picture Library – Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Nelson Provincial Museum website

Hocken Library Photographs Collection – University of Otago Library website

Picture Australia website