The Heritage collection is housed in the Wairarapa Archive, and is dedicated to collecting and preserving Wairarapa’s unique heritage, and presenting back to the community.
It includes a comprehensive reference collection of printed material relating to Wairarapa as well as microfilm of Wairarapa from 1867 through to the present.
The collection of archives in unrivalled in any similarly sized town, and is the envy of many cities. It contains the records of many important local institutions, including schools, churches, lodges and agricultural societies, as well many personal papers. These can be searched on the online catalogue.
The archive also stores archives for the Masterton District Council from the 1860s until 1989. These records can be searched at the Wairarapa Archive.
The Heritage collection includes over a million photographs, of which over 13,000 have been digitised and can be seen on the Picture Wairarapa website.
Over 1000 hours of oral history are stored in the archive, the result of thirty years recording over 350 interviews covering a wide range of subjects.
For those interested in Maori history, the collection includes an index to the Maori Land Court Minute Books relating to Wairarapa, plus copies of the books for perusal.
Wairarapa newspapers from 1867 to the present are stored in a mix of hard copy and microfilm, and microfilm copying is available in the Wairarapa Archive.
Those interested in family history should also plan a visit to the Wairarapa Archive, as the collection includes many genealogical resources, plus we provide free access to Ancestry.com.