Faculty Research: Ross Harvey

Ross Harvey's research interests currently focus on two areas: the preservation of library and archival material, and newspaper history. Ross's interest in preservation stems from 1986-1987 when as a newspaper librarian he first became aware of the significant issues associated with paper deterioration. Since then he has researched into and published widely about the preservation of documentary heritage materials. Most recently his research has focused on the preservation of documentary heritage materials in digital form. He has published four books about preservation, the most recent being Preserving Digital Materials (K.G. Saur, 2005).

Ross's earlier research in newspaper history sought to better understand the reasons why and circumstances in which New Zealand's early newspapers were published. He was concerned that historians were not using early newspapers appropriately because they did not fully appreciate the conditions in which these newspapers were produced and the reasons why they were issued. He has published many articles on this theme, including the 'Newspapers' entry in Book & Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1997), which he also jointly edited. Later research is attempting to place early New Zealand newspapers in a wider context. The role they played in the imperial press system and networks is examined in several articles and a chapter in Media and the British Empire, ed C. Kaul (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). More recently Ross has started to investigate connections between the Australia and New Zealand press.

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