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New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 1939-

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: iian

Scope and Contents

Records held include the meetings of Council and of the Standing Committee, correspondence, membership information, subject files and publications.

Records are also held for the two predecessor organisations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. New Zealand branch (1934-1939), and the Institute of Pacific Relations. New Zealand Branch (1926-1939). These have been processed as separate record groups.


  • Creation: 1939-2006

Access and use

Access is freely available in the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. For any use beyond this, please contact the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance.

Biographical/Historical note

The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs was formed in 1939 by the amalgamation of the New Zealand branch of the Institute of Pacific Relations (founded in December 1926) and the New Zealand branch of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (founded in July 1934).

It was established to promote an understanding of international questions and problems, particularly so far as these may relate to New Zealand, the British Commonwealth and the countries of the Pacific area.

Membership has been dominated by historians and political scientists on the one hand and senior public servants on the other.


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Three accessions have been received to date. In 1977, seven Minute Books 1927-1971, two membership registers (1940-1 and 1950-5), and a cashbook 1937-1950, were transferred. In 2003, at the time of building renovations to the office in Waiteata Road a further 15 boxes were transferred. In 2009 a further box was transferred.

J C Beaglehole Room - archives and manuscripts
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Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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