History Programme Seminar: Surveying Surveillance Records: Archives New Zealand's Declassified Security Files and Historical Scholarship

History Programme Seminar: Surveying Surveillance Records: Archives New Zealand's Declassified Security Files and Historical Scholarship

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5 May 2017 from 12.10 pm - 1.30 pm 5th May 2017 12:10pm 5th May 2017 1:30pm

Old Kirk 406 (F L Wood Seminar Room)

In 2003 it was officially announced that an archives policy had been developed in regard to the ‘retention, destruction, and/or declassification’ of records held by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service.  Within recent years batches of historical security files preserving intelligence collection on associations that became of interest have been processed and released under this policy.  

Presently, some 159 records have been transferred to Archives New Zealand and include an array of subjects.  Examples include Communist Party policies in the 1980s, the peace movement’s reactions to the Suez Crisis, the political poetry of the William Morris Group and protests over the execution of Sacco & Vanzetti.  This talk discusses the history behind these files, aspects of their content and considers their significance for historical scholarship.

Steven Loveridge graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a PhD in history and works from the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.  He is currently employed in a Marsden funded project to produce a history of security intelligence in New Zealand.

For more information contact: Dr Valerie Wallace (valerie.wallace@vuw.ac.nz; 04 463 5448) History Seminar Convenor.