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Pictures / Photographs

The University of Otago Library has a large collection of photographs and pictures, both historical and contemporary. Most of them are located in Hocken Collections.

Below is a brief account of what is held. More information can be obtained from the Hocken Collections website.

Hocken Photographs

The Hocken Photographs Collection is a national collection with a particular responsibility for collecting and preserving the photographic heritage of Otago.

The scope of the collection is wide, focusing specifically on New Zealand and Pacific material, including a number of studio collections by Otago and Dunedin photographers. The range of material collected includes: prints, negatives (both glass and film), slides, lantern slides, albums, postcards and panoramas.

Reproductions can be ordered in most cases. These are subject to conditions of copyright and preservation requirements.

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Hocken Pictures Collection

The Pictures Collection comprises over 12,000 works of art relating to New Zealand and the Pacific, dating from the eighteenth century and including the work of contemporary artists.

Research visits to the collection are actively encouraged, with groups from secondary and tertiary institutions able to make study visits by arrangement. Casual visitors also have the opportunity to take a supervised tour through the storage areas and look at paintings "on the racks", as well as being able to view the extensive works on paper collection.

In addition to mounting exhibitions and making the collection available for viewing, staff undertake identifications of privately owned works which are brought into the institution, and answer telephone and written enquiries about New Zealand artists.

Pictorial Collections hours:

Monday - Friday 1pm - 5pm
For an appointment outside of these hours please enquire at the office on the ground floor of Hocken Collections.

The Hocken Gallery hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am - 5pm
Late night Tuesday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 12pm

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Otago University Research Heritage

A window into the cultural, heritage and historical material within the University of Otago's Hocken Collections and Special Collections.

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