OFF THE RECORD, Number 19, 2011

Articles in the 2011 issue include:

From the President
Rachel Underwood draws attention to the value of the Turnbull’s collections in light of recent disasters that have destroyed treasured personal possessions.

Ninetieth anniversary competition: “Thanks Alex”
The winning entry in the Thanks Alex “winning words” competition, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Turnbull Library, was from Charlotte Simmonds.

“My engravings, sketches and pictures”: Alexander Turnbull’s art collection
Marian Minson surveys the beginnings of the Paintings, Drawings and Prints Collection of the Turnbull Library, and draws attention to some of the highlights among the works of art that were part of Alexander Turnbull’s own collection.

Update from the Guardians
A report of some of the significant activities of the last year from the Guardians/Kaitiaki of the Turnbull Library: Shimrath Paul (Chair), Dr Mark Apperley, Professor Raewyn Dalziel, Dr Monty Soutar, and Helen Walker.

Turnbull Collections to benefit from revamped Molesworth Street building
Ronald Milne, Associate Chief Librarian Research Collections, reveals what has been happening during the huge renovation project at the National Library.

In Memoriam: Dame Judith Binney
Professor Lydia Wevers, inaugural chair of the Guardians, pays tribute to the noted New Zealand historian who was a founding member of the Guardians/Kaitiaki of the Turnbull Library.

FoTL Research Grant for 2012
The FoTL Research Grant (offering up to $10,000 for scholars undertaking research in the Turnbull collections in 2012) will be advertised from July.

Papers of the Selwyn family
Tim Lovell-Smith, who catalogued this recent acquisition, describes some of the contents of the papers associated with the descendants of George Selwyn, first Anglican Bishop of New Zealand.

New National Librarian
Bill Macnaught, former manager of New Plymouth’s Puke Ariki, took up his new role as National Librarian on 2 May 2011.