About us

Illustration from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" drawn by John Tenniel.

The Society

The society which is based in Wellington, New Zealand is associated with The National Library of New Zealand . It was formed in 1983 to support the work of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.
In 2005 it was extended to support the National Children’s and Susan Price Collections.
How to view the collections supported by Friends of DNW
Membership is by annual subscription, the details are on the membership page.
Address: Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P. 0. Box 12 499
WELLINGTON

See http://www.thesapling.co.nz for ideas and conversations about children’s books
Winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award Joy Cowley short-listed but not the winner

Happy 102nd Birthday Beverly Cleary

Beverly Atlee Cleary is an American writer of children’s and young adult fiction. One of America’s most successful living authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. [Wikipedia]
Born: 12 April 1916 (age 102 years), McMinnville, Oregon, United States

In the Friends’ Display Case: National Library Wellington

Ever since the ‘School journal’ began in 1907, poetry has been an integral part of its content. Individual issues regularly included at least one poem and, in the early years, a poem was often placed on the front cover. Occasional “verse” issues, devoted solely to poetry, have also been produced.

Poems by New Zealand writers have always featured in the ‘Journal’, but overseas poetry was dominant until the 1950s. From then on, New Zealand poets such as Denis Glover, Basil Dowling, Eileen Duggan and James K. Baxter appeared frequently. Poetry by Margaret Mahy first appeared in 1961, the beginning of a trend to include more works by poets who specialised in writing for children.

Poems written by New Zealand school children have also been included in the ‘Journal’. “Children’s numbers” published in the years following World War II included stories, artwork and poems by children and, in later years, children’s poems have sometimes appeared alongside regular content.

These items from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Library’s general lending collection will be on display in the 1st floor foyer of the National Library until the end of March.

Mahy, Margaret. “Alone in the house”. School journal, part 1, number 3, 1965 (Wellington: Ministry of Education) — at National Library of New Zealand.
Mahy, Margaret. “Alone in the house”. School journal, part 1, number 3, 1965 (Wellington: Ministry of Education) — at National Library of New Zealand.
Children’s number. New Zealand school journal, part II, volume 39, number 9, October 1945 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
Children’s number. New Zealand school journal, part II, volume 39, number 9, October 1945 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
Cowie, Wilson. “Rising tides”. School journal, part 2, number 2, 2007 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)
Cowie, Wilson. “Rising tides”. School journal, part 2, number 2, 2007 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)

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Glover, Denis. “Hark, hark the shark”. School journal, part 2, number 1, 1975 (Wellington : Ministry of Education)
Glover, Denis. “Hark, hark the shark”. School journal, part 2, number 1, 1975 (Wellington : Ministry of Education)
Hunt, Sam. “The first bow-wow poem” and “The second bow-wow poem”. School journal, part 1, number 4, 1972 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)
Hunt, Sam. “The first bow-wow poem” and “The second bow-wow poem”. School journal, part 1, number 4, 1972 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)
Verse issue. New Zealand school journal, part IV, volume 42, number 5, June 1948 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
Verse issue. New Zealand school journal, part IV, volume 42, number 5, June 1948 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
These items from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Library’s general lending collection will be on display in the 1st floor foyer of the National Library until the end of March.
These items from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Library’s general lending collection will be on display in the 1st floor foyer of the National Library until the end of March.


 

Applying for DNW Scholarship
Through its lectures, meetings, research grant and publications the Society helps to foster interest in the general development of children’s literature.
Interested? Download the application form.


Contacts

Your comments or questions about the Society, the Collection, and this website are welcome
Enquiries about membership of the Friends may be directed to the Secretary, Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P0 Box 12-499, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
Membership form

For research enquiries relating to the collection use the webform
http://www.natlib.govt.nz/services/ask-a-librarian

Telephone: 64-4-4704488.
Facsimile:  64-4-474 3035

Charitable Status:

New Zealand law allows non-profit organisations to apply for charitable status. This gives advantages over exemptions from some tax returns and allows members to claim tax exempt status for donations.

Our registration number is CC51738

2 Comments on “About us”

  1. Hello,
    I am writing from Auckland Libraries serials department regarding the latest newsletter for June 2016 no.53. We should be on your mailing list to receive hard copies of the newsletter, but may have dropped off the list.
    Could you please send a hard copy of the newsletter for June 2016 to the following address:

    Serials department
    Auckland Libraries Central
    P.O. Box 4138
    Shortland Street
    Auckland 1140

    Thank you very much in advance,
    Rose Allan

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