The papers and photographs relate to environmental issues such as the Taranaki Clean Sea Action Group; Save Aramoana Campaign; Values Party; National Society of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in New Zealand; Artists against Apartheid and includes correspondence with various members of Parliament and local government and a selection of sketches used for posters advertising meetings of the Clean Sea Action Group.
Also included are transcripts of a interview with Michael Smither by Judith (Fyfe?)
Folder 1. Letters from Art School.
Folder 2. Miscellaneous notes, including speech notes, biographical notes, programme notes for End of times chimes : a Michael Smither - Jamie Bull production. Exhibition notes for Stones, sand and string. The Gallery April 1976. Script for A composer's voice. written by Michael Smither
Folder 3. Childhood drawings by Michael Smither. Includes a letter from R. E. Smither to Michael Smither May 1944 while on active duty in Samoa.
Folder 4. Taranaki Clean Sea Action Group. Includes reports and notes for the campaign to provide on land sewerage treatment. ca 1980. Some artwork created by Michael Smither for posters and newssheets.
Folder 5. Drawings for the Taranaki Clean Sea Action Group. Includes rough sketches for the artwork for posters and newssheets and letters from various members of Parliament and local government. ca 1980
Folder 6. Values Party. Includes Linkletter ; newsletter of the N.Z. Values Party, brochure on Mobil's Synthetic Petrol Plant. 1981
Folder 7. Save Aramoana Campaign. Includes letters sent to Michael Smither regarding the campaign, newsletters, an article by Paul van Moeseke on Aluminium smelting in New Zealand. 1980
Folder 8. Natural beach building project, Fitzroy. 1983 - 1984. Includes reports to New Plymouth City Council, a report on coastal processes, port development and beach restoration at New Plymouth, Taranaki Region. by J. G. Gibb 1983 and Smither's notes on the report.
Map of Port Taranaki titled Taranaki Roads. Has marked the area of Back Beach and Schnapper Rock in red pen. 1975
Folder 9. Correspondence. Letters sent to Michael and Elizabeth Smither re artworks and poetry.
Folder 10. Environmental issues. Includes notes, newsletters from the National Society in Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NSAD), M.O.S.T (Movement against South African Tour), Coalition for Open Government, Environmental Defence Society and Coromandel Mining issues and Friends of the Earth. ca 1981
Folder 11. Transcript. Books 1 to 11. A transcript of an interview between Judith (Judith Fyfe?) The references to books refer to his notebooks.
Folder 12. Transcript. Books 12 to 23. A transcript of an interview between Judith (Judith Fyfe?) and Michael Smither.
Folder 13. Transcript. Books 25 to 31. A transcript of an interview between Judith (Judith Fyfe?) and Michael Smither.
Folder 14. Transcript. Books 31 to 35A. A transcript of an interview between Judith (Judith Fyfe?) and Michael Smither.
Folder 15. Transcript. Books 35A to 41. A transcript of an interview between Judith (Judith Fyfe?) and Michael Smither.
Typescript. Smither biography. Typed transcript of tapes 23 to 30.
Folder 16. Transcript. M.D. Smither books 1-46 (The remnants). A transcript of an interview recorded by Judith (Judith Fyfe?) and Michael Smither.
Folder 17. Transcript. Books 47 - 68
Folder 18. Transcript. Books 47 - 53
Folder 19. Transcript. Books 69 - 76
Folder 20. Transcript. Books 62 - 88
Folder 21. Notes made for oral history.
Folder 22. Typescript M. D. Smither. Transcript of tapes with annotations. Includes an index of books, speech notes for an address to the New Zealand Underwater Association, an address titled Doctors Talk 16 Oct. 1986 and a transcript of a Conversation with Mrs Smither re Bill
Notebook. Entries include observations made by Michael Smither of sand movement on the beaches at Fitzroy and East End 24 Jan. 1983 to 20 Jan. 1984. Includes a draft report to the Council on the beach program
Notebook. Sand dunes experiments and catalogue of relevant photos in blue Back Beach Album and F18 slides.
W. Water moving along lateral current channels.
W. Sandbar West End Beach (damaged photograph)
W. Northern side of the groin (damaged photograph)
W. Erosive effect on beach next to the groin on the northern side (damaged)
W. Waiongana River mouth (damaged)
A.T. Access track (damaged) Fitzroy Surf Club
A.T. Access track 12.4.83 (damaged)
A.T. Massive accumulation of wet sand(?) (damaged)
A.T. Access track to Fitzroy Surf Club 1982 - 1984
BD. Beach damage 1983
BD. 11 photographs Beach damage 1983 - 1984
FS. 4 photographs Fitzroy Storm water Pipe.
FS. 4 photographs Fitzroy Storm water Pipe.
SM. 11 photographs Spinifex vs Marram.
E.E. 29 photographs Early Experiments 1983 - 1984
Gr. 12 photographs. The Waiwakaiho Groin. Southern side.
Gr. 6 photographs. The Waiwakaiho Groin. Southern side. (damaged)
F.Tr. 19 photographs. Fences & tracks, Form 12 (F.12), Form 28 (F.28)
T.F. 7 photographs. Taranaki Form.
B.B. 9 photographs. Natural beach building methods.
B.B. 5 photographs. Natural beach building methods (damaged).
B.B. 6 black and white photographs. Natural beachbuilding methods.
Fl. 6 colour photographs. Two special techniques using flax.
Fl. 1 black and white photograph. Special techniques using flax.
Fl. 1 colour photograph. Special techniques using flax.
Photograph album. Back Beach. A series of colour photographs depicting the moods of Back Beach, New Plymouth and the experimental work done by Smither and friends in beach restoration.
W. Aerial photograph of the northern bank of the Waiwakaiho and the lateral current. 10.1.1981