Suliana Vea, Va’aomanū Pasifika
Internship for PASI 428
Preservation work on various collections including the Alan MacDiarmid collection, the Portfolios of Horace Fildes, a VUW student Tramping Club scrapbook, and digitisation of books and audiocassettes.
“I get to work with special materials that range from the 1800’s up til now, and it is very interesting to see what records are kept from those times and their significance to the people they belonged to.”
Asher Norris, Postgraduate
Assignment for ENGL 441
Accession 1974/06, from Koro Dewes: ‘Dance poetry etc. from the Mss Bk of Mrs Ngoi Pewhairangi, Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu Group of Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare (Ngāti Porou) at Tokomaru Bay’, ca. 1948-1960.
“In my research into Māori writing in English I’ve looked at quite a few different kinds of writing. Something that caught my eye in the archives was the scrapbook of the Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu Concert Party, a group Ngoi Pēwhairangi (the writer of ‘Poi E’) worked with. It’s filled with a rich variety of material with quite different sorts of writing filling up its pages. I’ve picked out a few gems to talk about that show how happenstance can be the source of the best discoveries.”
Paul Emsley, Audiovisual Librarian, Victoria University of Wellington
‘Learning object’ from 1987
Accesssion 2010/25, from AV Suite: ‘Audiotape titled ‘Introduction to the VUW Library’, n.d., and slide carousel containing images of VUW Library and staff’.
“Several months ago I found an old box containing about 80 colour slides taken in the library some time during the 1980’s … certainly pre-computer catalogue days. Serendipitously I also found an accompanying audio tape of a commentary that was clearly designed to go with the slides.
At the time this was “state of the art” AV (believe it or not). One projected the slides in a special carousel projector which had an audiotape cassette player built in (we still have some machines at AV). The slides would automatically advance each time an inaudible “beep” occurred at specific points on the tape.”