Alexander Turnbull Library (Wellington)

New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collections, including both published and unpublished items. The largest collection of the Wellington Kindergarten Association material is deposited here.


Archive New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga (Wellington)

Archives New Zealand hold the archives of New Zealand government, including many national treasures.


Auckland City Library - Sir George Grey Collection

Holds Auckland Kindergarten Association Collection.


Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history.


Christchurch Public Library – Online Collection

The library website contains unique content about Christchurch and Canterbury.


Hocken Collections of the University of Otago Library (Dunedin)

The Hocken Collections is a research library, historical archive and art gallery. It holds Dunedin Kindergarten Association Archives.


National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (Wellington)

The National Library of New Zealand  is New Zealand's legal deposit library charged with the obligation to "enrich the cultural and economic life of New Zealand and its interchanges with other nations"


Papers Past – National Library of New Zealand

A collection of digitised historic New Zealand newspapers which offers browsing and full text searching.


AtoJs Online – National Library of New Zealand

This website contains digitised reports from selected volumes of the Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives and the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives.


DigitalNZ Ā-Tihi O Aotearoa - National Library of New Zealand

This website aims to help to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share, and use.


NZEI Te Riu Roa Heritage

NZEI Heritage presents a showcase of the history of the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa and of education in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

A comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.


Te Ara - Biographies

This section of Te Ara contains biographies of people who have 'made their mark' on New Zealand. It does not include people who are alive. It includes all the biographies formerly available at All of the biographies originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biographyseries between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Maori-language series, Nga Tangata Taumata Rau, are included here. The biographies have been published as they appeared in the printed version, with a small number of minor corrections.


Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, located in Wellington. Collections Online has information on over 500,000 artworks, objects and specimens from Te Papa’s collections.


Upper Hutt City Library

Holds an extensive collection relating to kindergarten in Upper Hutt.



Te Whāriki Turns Twenty, NZEI Te Riu Roa, February 2017 -


N.B  Archival records are also held in many kindergarten associations and individal kindergartens and schools. Local libraries, universities and regional museums may also hold items or records of interest.


International links

International Froebel Society -


International Fröbel Society, Deutschland -


Friedrich-Fröbel Museum, Bad Blankenburg Germany -
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Fröbel Systems Germany -


Das Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus, Berlin, Germany -


Staatsbibliotethek zu Berlin, Germany -


Kindergarten Narratives on Froebelian Education -
Helen May is the co-editor and an author in a new book on  transnational investigations into kindergarten written  as a tribute the Froebelian scholar Kevin Brehony who died in 2013. The volume brings together the top international scholars on kindergarten and Froebelian education and includes two New Zealand chapters: Kerry Bethell’s biographical chapter on two Froebel trained  infant school mistresses in Wellington in the early 20th century  and  Helen’s May’s own chapter on the Dunedin’s colonial  kindergarten story.


There is an extensive collection of kindergarten books and documents in the catalogue although some are noted as having been lost in the second world war -


The Froebel Trust (UK) -


Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, Roehampton University, London -

Including the Froebel Archive Digital Collection -


British Library London, UK -


Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada. Collection of kindergarten historical artefacts and playthings -


The Froebel Education Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada -


Froebel USA. Documentary film 2015 -


Archive Library data base -


Froebel toys -


Froebel USA film clips on Froebel toys -


Wheelock College Boston, US. Established as a Kindergarten Training School in 1893 -*

Including Wheelock College Library archives -


The Japanese Society for the Study of Pestalozzi and Froebel, Japan -


Kindergarten Union Children’s Services Australia -