May 29, 2022

40,000 Historical Images of Antarctic History Available Online in New Digital Library

As the 40,000 physical images from Antarctica New Zealand are turned over to Archives New Zealand for expert preservation, a digital library is made available to the world containing all of the material. It’s an impressive resource with many spectacular and beautiful images to view. This is “a must” resource for anyone interested in Antarctica. Make sure to also alert educators about this digital library.

From Antarctica New Zealand:

“This pictorial collection is possibly the largest Antarctic-focused collection in the world,” says Jenny Ryan, Antarctica New Zealand Information Services and Applications Advisor, “I am very proud to have played a key role in seeing this project through since its beginning in 2013.”

The Antarctica New Zealand pictorial collection began in 1957 with the intention of creating a photographic record of New Zealand’s involvement in the Trans-Antarctic Expedition and International Geophysical Year activities.


The collection includes a variety of media; photograph slides, negatives, film, and glass plates.. More than half of the collection comprises photographs taken by professional photographers employed by the New Zealand Antarctic Programme. Other images include content taken by staff and donations by people who wished to make the material available for public record and safe keeping.

“Preserving the collection is important, but making it easily accessible for all New Zealanders to enjoy is significant,” says Ms Ryan. “That’s why bringing the images into the modern world, through a user-friendly, online graphical data-base made absolute sense.”

As a result, the Antarctica New Zealand Digital Asset Manager project (fondly referred to as ADAM) was undertaken in 2014. ADAM’s objective was to digitise and comprehensively catalogue as much of Antarctica New Zealand’s pictorial collection before it was permanently archived with Archives New Zealand (part of the Department of Internal Affairs).

The ADAM project will be formally launched on, Thursday 18 June in Christchurch. [The digital library is already accessible online.]

All items in the collection have been scanned at a high resolution and the Archives New Zealand Archway reference number will be available for anyone wishing to access the original item.

Direct to Antarctica New Zealand Digital Asset Manager (ADAM)

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Antarctic history preserved (via Radio NZ)

See Also: Gallery of awesomeness: Breathtaking images of Antarctica available online (via TVNZ)

See Also: Terms of Use (Make Sure to Review)
The site includes this statement, “Content on this site may be subject to Copyright, please contact Antarctica NZ before before any reuse if you are unsure.  Another address is also to obtain permission for hi-resolution images.




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