Auckland Library Heritage Trust Scholarship 2018/2019

Applications for the 2018/2019 Auckland Library Heritage Trust research scholarship are now open!

Ref: Dan Liu. Dr Majid Daneshagar in the Sir George Grey Special Collections reading room. 4 August 2017.

Now in its sixth year, this scholarship is offered by the Auckland Library Heritage Trust to assist with research and the promotion of material held in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at the Central City Library and the distributed heritage collections across Auckland Libraries. Heritage collections are found at the north, south and west research centres at Takapuna, Manukau and Waitākere libraries.

Covers of three Japanese illustrated woodblock books forming a triptych.

The breadth of the collections has seen research topics range from Japanese woodblock books from the nineteenth century to the Jazz age in Auckland in the twentieth century. Last year’s scholar was Dr Majid Daneshagar from the University of Otago. Dr Daneshgar prepared a catalogue of Middle Eastern manuscripts looking at Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish works in Sir George Grey Special Collections.

As well as rare and historic books Auckland Libraries’ Heritage Collections feature maps, manuscripts, archives, photographs, drawings, oral histories, musical recordings and ephemera. In 2017 two collections from Auckland Libraries, the John A. Lee archive held in Sir George Grey Special Collections and the J.T. Diamond collection at the Waitākere Central Library, were added to the NZ Register of the Memory of the World.

Ref: J. T. Diamond. Children and tame gull on Cornwallis Beach, 1957. J.T. Diamond Collection. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, JTD-08K-01652-1.

In 2018, the year commemorating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand you may like to explore our collections relating to pioneering women across the centuries. We hold the archive of the Broadsheet Collective, 1971-1999, Florence Nightingale’s correspondence with Sir George Grey and important social justice organisations' collections based in Auckland. In addition, we have extensive photograph collections and other documentary heritage formats featuring women in Auckland.

Ref: Cover of Broadsheet magazine, April 1975, issue 28. Cover illustration by Vanya Lowry.

The scholarship is open to New Zealanders and overseas visitors to New Zealand. To apply you need to identify a research proposal based on material held in Auckland Libraries rich Heritage Collections. The winner of the scholarship will receive a grant of $1000. We would love to assist you with your research.

Applications for 2018/2019 closed on 31 May 2018.

Please email your application, including a contact phone number, outlining your proposal to: With the subject line: 2018 Scholar application

We look forward to hearing from you!