The Turnbull Library Record is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the humanities published yearly by the Turnbull Library in association with the Friends of the Turnbull Library. It contains a wide range of material, with special emphasis on the societies of New Zealand, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific. Other topics of relevance are the history of printing, early printed books, John Milton and his contemporaries, and fine printing. These are areas in which the Alexander Turnbull Library’s own collections and research interests are particularly strong.
The Record is distributed free to all members of the Friends. Back copies are available to the public on application to the Secretary, Friends of the Turnbull Library, PO Box 12-186, Wellington ($30 per copy from 2017 onwards, earlier issues $20 each, including packing and postage).
Contributors to the 2022 issue (Vol.54, 2022) were Simon Chapple, Ian F Grant, Martin Griffiths, Simon Nathan, Matthew Norman, Brendan Sheridan and Lynette Shum.
Contributors to the 2021 issue (Vol.53, 2021) were Charles Ferrall, Roger Flury, Adrian Humphris, Max Oettli and Sarah Shieff.
The 2016 issue (Vol. 48, 2016) was a miscellany of articles, ranging from New Zealand’s operatic heritage to history and biography and Katherine Mansfield’s spiritual quest.
The 2015 issue (Vol. 47, 2015) commemorated the centenary of the birth of composer Douglas Lilburn in Wanganui on 2 November 1915.