Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 1959
"The Nelson Historical Society is anxious to realise Dr Bett's objective," said Mr Taylor. "His was doubly a generous intention, for not only is the collection to come as a free gift, but a very useful sum of money will be provided to ensure a small income for development, additions and equipment.
'The society has in prospect a very handsome and suitable building on the outskirts of the city which could, by including other material, become a mecca not only for the casual visitor, but also for the serious student.
"With certain modifications, this could serve the purpose if properly staffed, and it is hoped that this can be secured," Mr Taylor said.
He added that when Dr Bett's wishes were finally realised, Nelson would be the fortunate possessor of the best local history collection in New Zealand.
Copies of a preliminary list which shows the wide range of material acquired by Dr Bett were circulated at the meeting, which was attended by about 100 people.