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Papers of John Cawte Beaglehole

 Fonds — Box: Location 48/B/4
Identifier: beaj

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the J. C. Beaglehole papers have remained in the family hands and have been or are being deposited in the Turnbull Library.


  • Creation: c1920-c1970

Biographical/Historical note

Beaglehole, John Cawte, O.M.

Born Wellington, New Zealand, 13 June 1901, son of David Ernest Beaglehole and Jane Butler; married 1930 Elsie M., daughter of R.A. Holmes; 3 sons. Educated Wellington College, Victoria University of Wellington, University of London; M.A. 1924. Assistant history lecturer 1924-6, post-graduate scholar 1926-9, Ph.D. 1929. Workers' Educational Association tutor-organiser, Otago, Waikato, 1930-1; history lecturer Auckland University 1932; unemployed and odd jobs 1933-5; history lecturer Victoria university of Wellington 1936-47; senior lecturer 1947-8; senior research fellow and lecturer in colonial history 1949-63; historical adviser Department of Internal Affairs 1938-52; chairman, board of management New Zealand University Press 1947-61; president New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties 1952-71; president New Zealand Institute of International Affairs 1954-5, 1957-60; member New Zealand Historic Places Trust 1955-71; New Zealand Literary Fund Advisory Committee 1959-61; board of trustees National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum 1959-64; Arts Advosiry Council 1960-63; Hubert Church Award 1949; Condliffe Memorial Award, Canterbury University 1952; R.G.S. Gill Memoiral Award 1957; C.M.G. 1958; professor British Commonwealth history, Victoria University of Wellington 1963-6; Ernest Scott Memorial Prize, University of Melbourne 1963; Linnaeus Medal Sweden 1966; Hon. D.Litt.(Oxford) 1966; corresponding member Royal Historical Society 1966; Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1967; emeritus professor 1967; Hon. Litt.D. (Wellington) 1968; Litt.D. (Otago) 1969; Mueller Medal 1969; Hon. Fellow Australian Academy of the Humanities 1969-70; D.Litt. (Sydney) 1970; Order of Merit 1970. John Beaglehole died at his home on Sunday, 10 October 1971.

(Source: Marjory Walton 'John Cawte Beaglehole : a bibliography' ( Alexander Turnbull Library and the Victoria University of Wellington, 1972), p.6.

MA (NZ: Victoria), PhD (London), HonLittD (Oxon, Vict. Otago, Sydney), OM, CMG, FRSNZ.

History: Assistant, 1924-26; Lecturer, 1936; Senior lecturer, 1947; Research fellow and Lecturer (Colonial History), 1948-63; Professor (British Commonwealth history), 1963; Retired, 1967; Emeritus Professor, 1967

Library: Assistant librarian (temp), 1924.

J.C. Beaglehole was sometime research fellow in Pacific history and then Professor of British Commonwealth history at Victoria University of Wellington. He was interested in the Council for Civil Liberties, the Chamber Music Federation, the Historic Places Trust, and a number of other bodies.


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Related Materials

A collection of pipe-organ music which once belionged to JCB is currently held at New Zealand Organ Museum Trust Library, Herbert, Central Otago. (E-mail from Dr Ronald Newton 2 August, 2021)

Administrative Information

All text and images are copyright to Victoria University of Wellington. Enquiries for re-use should be made in the first instance to the J C Beaglehole Room, VUW Library.

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

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