More primary sources

The images in our galleries have come from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, part of the National Library of New Zealand. There are many other sources of digitised primary source items available on the internet both in New Zealand and across the globe. Here we have selected some of the providers of rich digital content for you to explore.

New Zealand

Archives New Zealand
Archives NZExplore a digitised selection of the 4,000,000 records Archives New Zealand holds, including the Treaty of Waitangi.


Digistore New ZealandAvailable only to New Zealand educators, Digistore holds digital content including primary source material shaped to support learning across the curriculum. It covers all learning levels from preschool to Year 13.


Digital New ZealandDigitalNZ aims to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use. Many of the digitised items in DigitalNZ are primary sources. DigitalNZ also features a set function that lets you quickly create, describe, and share your own galleries of primary sources. Content from Matapihi (disestablished in 2014) is still available via the DigitalNZ search service.

EPICThe Epic suite of databases holds international and New Zealand magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. World History in Context includes a range of primary source items of all types.

Papers Past
Papers PastMore than 2 million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers from 1939 - 1945.



American Memory Library of Congress
American memoryCollections of American (and more) digitised primary source materials arranged in topical galleries.


Digital Vaults
Digital VaultsA creative and interactive way to explore American primary sources. Includes primary sources covering the abolition of Slavery,& World War II, the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.

British Library
British LibraryFrom virtual books to online exhibitions, the British Library has a huge range of digitised primary sources available. You can even create your own personalised gallery!

TroveTrove is a discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. Search a large and unrivalled repository of Australian material.



Picture Australia
Picture AustraliaSearch the great cultural institutions of Australia. See “Australia’s past and present including: photographs, objects, maps and works of art.” Contains some New Zealand primary sources.


Yale Digital Content
An overview of primary sources including various types and media, this also provides a portal into Yale’s digitised primary sources collections.


Digitized Primary Source Document Collections
WellesleyThis is an excellent portal to a variety of digitised primary source collections from many cultural and educational institutions.


Fed FlicksUS government film clips all available for reuse.