The Annual Reports of the Auckland Institute and Museum comprise 7,278 pages across 143 reports, from 1869 to 2011-2012.
Browsing the reports
You can browse for individual Annual Reports by selecting a decade link from the main Annual Report archive page.
When viewing the page for a given report (for example, the page for report 1870-71), you will be able to examine a page image directly by clicking on the page image thumbnail. Alternatively, you may choose to view the PDF of the entire report, by clicking the "View Report PDF" link at the top of the page thumbnails.
Each PDF is fully searchable, and can be downloaded and read in isolation from this site.
Searching the reports
All pages of the reports have been scanned, and processed using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology in order to decipher the text on these page images. The results of the OCR have then been ingested into the Solr search engine such that they can be searched using the search box appearing near the top of the pages on this site.
The OCR results are good, though at times certain characters and words are not able to be deciphered correctly due to factors such as:
- their orientation on the page
- their proximity to other blocks of text and graphics
- the typefaces used in the printing
- the quality of the printing and the condition of the original page used for scanning
This means that, on occasion, certain words have not been recognised correctly and therefore cannot be found using the search mechanism. For example, searching on the string moa results in a number of search results, one of which is:
If we examine the part of the original page scan that this text relates to (below), we will find that a number of words have been mis-recognised, such as l'lokianga and llokianga (Hokianga), Adxe and Aclze (Adze), lirench (French) and llarris (Harris).