Collection held in Christchurch
There are three collections of recordings made during the course of the Second World War, known as the U Series, P Series and J Series. These consist of direct-cut lacquer recordings made in the field by New Zealand Broadcasting Service personnel. They feature interviews with and greetings from New Zealand service men and women, documentary features about aspects of wartime service and actuality of events such as visits by dignitaries or concert performances. Approximately 4000 discs have been fully catalogued and preserved. The U Series is the largest of the three, recording New Zealand’s involvement in the North African and Italian campaigns. The P Series is a set of recordings made in the Pacific and the J Series documents the work of the Occupation Forces in Japan following the end of the war. Further details are available in the following catalogues.
J Series.pdf (301k)
P Series.pdf (277k)
U Series.pdf (1518k)
Apart from the publicly available online catalogues there are many other finding aids, catalogues, inventories and indexes available to the staff at Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero to facilitate client enquiries. We welcome enquiries regarding specific recordings that we may hold. Such enquiries should be as specific as possible, including all relevant names, dates, places and other particulars. You are welcome to email us for more detail on any of our recordings.
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