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About the Archive

The Blind Foundation Archive preserves the unique history of the blind and low vision community in New Zealand. It is located in the Foundation’s Āwhina House in Parnell, Auckland, and is managed by the Blind Foundation Library. It holds over 125 years’ worth of archives, including minutes, reports, brochures, posters, photographs and videos (some of which have been digitised), and a small but growing collection of born-digital archives. Our archive volunteers are working their way through the digitised annual reports and magazines to make them fully accessible. Other volunteers are helping to create a dataset of old client records, which will be searchable by staff to help answer genealogical queries.

Revisionary, a word which combines the twin themes of vision and reflecting on history, is our way of making our Archive more accessible to all of the Foundation’s clients and staff, as well as the general public. Here you can explore our rich collection of resources, whether by searching on topics that interest you or just browsing through what’s on offer (for this, you can use the top subject menu ‘People | Places | Topics | Types’, or have a look at the Short Histories and Exhibitions).

Revisionary has been made possible thanks to funding from the Lottery Grants Board.

At present, Revisionary registration/membership enables access to content intended for Blind Foundation clients and staff only, and therefore registrations are restricted to these users.

Feel free to contact us if you have any feedback to help make Revisionary even better, would like to know more about something in our Archive, or are interested in contributing to our efforts to make our collections fully accessible.