Tuesday, 20 July 2010

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

An exciting and growing resource for New Zealand digital content is the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC).
The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has four aims:
  • To create a digital library providing open access to significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.
  • To effectively partner with other organisations, as a collaborator and service provider, on a variety of digitisation and digital content projects.
  • To build a wider community skilled in the use and creation of digital materials through teaching and training activities and by publishing and presenting the results of research.
  • To work at the intersection of computing tools with textual material and investigate how these tools may be used to make new knowledge from our cultural inheritance.

The NZETC is engaged in an ongoing programme of digitisation and hosts an expanding online library, full and free access to a range of materials in multiple formats for download or online browsing. Today the NZETC collection contains over 2,600 texts (around 65,000 pages) and receives over 10,000 visits each day.

Subjects covered in the collections include: Autobiography; Biography; Journals; Correspondence;  Contemporary Māori and Pacific Islands; Historical Māori and Pacific Islands;  
Language; Literary Criticism and History; Literature; New Zealand History and; Science and Natural History


Projects include:

Ancient History of the Maori

A series of texts by John White (1826-1891) that covers, in Māori with English translation, many aspects of Māori knowledge, history and tradition, including karakia (prayers), Pūrākau (myths), waiata (songs), whakapapa (genealogies) and whakatauki (proverbs).


He Pātaka Kupu Ture / Legal Māori Archive

A collection of full text documents that presents the bilingual nature of New Zealand’s legal history.


Histories of Victoria University of Wellington

A selection of books about the history of Victoria University of Wellington.


Home and Building

The New Zealand Home and Building magazine, published between 1937 and 1998.


John Cawte Beaglehole Letters

A collection of letters written by eminent historian J.C. Beaglehole to his family.

Kōtare : New Zealand Notes & Queries

A journal of New Zealand Studies.


New Zealand in the First World War 1914–1918

The campaign and regimental histories covering New Zealand's involvement in the First World War.


New Zealand Texts Collection

A wide selection of books relating to New Zealand, including fiction, diaries, history and other general non-fiction.

New Zealand Wars (1845–1872)

A selection of texts relating to the nineteenth century New Zealand Wars, and the events surrounding them.


Nineteenth-Century Novels Collection

This corpus aims to assemble in digital format a comprehensive collection of nineteenth-century New Zealand fiction. Although the focus will be on full-length novels, shorter pieces published as pamphlets, newspaper supplements, and journal articles will also be included. The corpus as it stands at September 2008 consists of 56 texts, along with a scholarly introduction and the full-text critical monograph Maoriland: New Zealand Literature, 1872-1914.


Print History Project

This project gives an overview of the history of the print industry in Wellington from 1840–2000, as seen through a sampling of the printers' works and correspondence.


The Cyclopedia of New Zealand

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand was published in six volumes between 1897 and 1908 by the Cyclopedia Company Ltd. Each volume deals with a region of New Zealand and includes information on local towns and districts, government departments, individuals, businesses, clubs and societies.


The Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918

The ten monthly editions of the Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918


The Moko Texts Collection

This corpus collects together Horatio Gordon Robley's Moko; or Maori Tattooing and contextual material relating to Ta Moko, mokamokai, Robley himself and his art.

The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–1945

 The official history of New Zealand in the Second World War.


The Railways Magazine

A magazine initially for Railways men and their families, and later the train-riding public.


The Third New Zealand Division Histories

The histories of the Third New Zealand Division in the Pacific during the Second World War.


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