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DUNEDIN, April 10

The authorities in charge of the Hocken and McNab libraries havebeeii discussing the scope and future expansion of these valuable collections of literary treasures, with the result that it has been, agreed that the two libraries shall work together, the Hocken library specialising on the- period prior to 1901, and the McNab library specially devoting its energies to the pei'iod since. Together, they will cover the whole field of New Zealand literature. They are already attracting students' from all parts of the Dominion, and, as the study of history develops, they should grow in numbers.

i The'Hocken library is without : a rival as a collection, of original documents, notably journals and Tetters of the early missionaries, among them SamueT Marsden, beginning in 1813. The library also has a fine collection of works in the Maori language, including several unique specimens from early missionary presses in the north. The McNab library contains the late Dr. McNab's copies of logs and journals of early navigation from Captain Cook's time onwards, and is especially complete in gazettes and records of Government departments. One section is devoted to the magazines of iNew Zealand schools and ; university colleges.

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VALUABLE LIBRARIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919

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VALUABLE LIBRARIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919

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