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Buchanan, Keith. Papers

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: buck

Breif description

This collection consists of a variety of clippings, posters and other material collected by Keith Buchanan in the course of hs research. Included are strong collections of material related to the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (the Party of Wales), and some interesting posters from the People's Republic of China in the 1950s. There is also a wide range of smller sets of clippings reflecting Professor Buchanan's interests.


  • Creation: c.1953-c.1974

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 information

Keith McPherson Buchanan (1919, Dudley, Worcestershire, England - 1997, Paraparaumu, New Zealand)

Keith Buchanan gained a BA with first class honours in Geography from the University of Birmingham in 1940. From then until 1946 he held a Research Fellowship with that university, moving the Natal University College and then, in 1948 to University College of Ibadan, Nigeria as head of geography, took a post at the London School of economics in 1951 and was appointed in 1953 as the founding Professor of Geography at Victoria University of Wellington. He held this post until his resignation in 1975 after which he taught briefly in Canada, Europe and Britain.

His major areas of research were China, South-East Asia and the Third World and he developed a reputation for presenting an alternative view.

He was founding editor (1960) of Pacific Viewpoint (later Asia Pacific Viewpoint) and in 1961 won the Murchison Award of the Royal Geographic Society.

Furhter biographical information available

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography --


120 linear_centimeters (5 transit, 1 small grey pamphlet box and a large folder of posters (Map J1))

Language of Materials


Papers of Keith Buchanan
J.C.Beaglehole Room - archives and manuscripts
Bronwyn Goggin
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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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