World Archives Project: New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1955 (Part 3)
About this project This collection consists of city and area directories for New Zealand, from 1866 to 1955:
- Wise's New Zealand Post Office Directories,1875-1955
- Stone's Dunedin & Invercargill Directory, 1866
- Stone's Otago & Southland Directories, 1909 & 1915
The Wise's New Zealand Post Office Directory comprises the majority of this collection. The directory was an unauthorized, commercial endeavor sanctioned by the Post Office and published by Henry Wise & Co., Dunedin. It covered all of New Zealand and was the first national postal directory of householders. The directory was published nearly every year or two years from 1872 to 1955.
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Names will only be keyed from the alphabetical and street directory listings. Advertisement and other non name directory pages should be classified as "Cover page, Section header, etc."
Business names will be keyed in their own field. In many directories, business names are in all caps or are bolded, and so can be easily distinguished from person names.
Watch out for entries where individuals are listed as part of a business, but then also have their own entry. For example:
Aitken Bros (Alex and Geo)
Aitken, Alex (of Aitken Bros)
Aitken, Geo (of Aitken Bros)
On alphabetical directories where you can see all of these entries right next to each other, please key one entry for the business, and then one entry for each person.
There is only one image per image set. Do not try to go to a next image, as it will submit the image for review.
Project-specific sample images and form field help:
Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Key the town or city from the top of the image using the dictionary provided to assist you. If no city appears at the top of the image, then the city should be keyed from paragraph or list headers. If multiple cities are found on an image, create a new section for each city.Cities found within the image as paragraph or list headers and will be all in capital letters or bolded (such as WANGAPEKA or Wendonside).
Names are written in the surname, given name format. Key all suffix titles, such as "Jr" or "III" that usually follow the surname of a person. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
Names are written in the surname, given name format. Key the surname of each person listed in the directory. Use the the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. If two names appear, such as "McCaskell and Rooney" then key as two separate and unique records, or key as a Business Name when appropriate. If a spouse's name appears in parentheses, the spouse should be keyed as a separate record.
Names are written in the surname, given name format. Key the first name or initial and any middle names of each person listed in the directory. Use the provided dictionary if for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. If two names appear, such as "McCaskell and Rooney" then key as two separate and unique records, or key as a Business Name when appropriate. If a spouse's name appears in parentheses, the spouse should be keyed as a separate record.
Names are written in the surname, given name format. Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
Key business names (e.g. "Marshall, Izard & Wilson", "Wanganui Chronicle Co, Ltd", "John Jones & Sons, Ltd", "Bassett & Co, Ltd") as seen. Ampersands (&) should be expanded to "and." Remember to key the business name as a separate record, even if a person's name (such as an owner or proprietor) is given on the same line.
Keying Image Samples
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.
Image with no data
We are not expecting any images of this form type.
Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.