The McNab New Zealand Collection also has a little-known collection of ephemera dating from the 19th Century until today.
It is only catalogued at a rudimentary level but has many items of interest.
Theatre programmes make up the bulk of the collection, some of these dating back to the 1800s – many for theatres that no longer exist. There are many programmes for local productions but also for a large number of visiting musicians, singers, theatre and dance troupes.
Exhibitions of all sorts are also represented, both New Zealand and overseas.
A significant proportion of the ephemera is yet to be catalogued, and so will not be find-able via the library catalogue.
If you're unable to find what you’re looking for via our catalogue, you are most welcome to contact Heritage staff - we're always happy to help with access to our uncatalogued material.
For a taste of some of our theatre ephemera, you can browse this online exhibition, based on the 2016 Reed Gallery Exhibition, Flits across the stage.