Colonial Administration Files

The British Foreign Office will be making available to the public a large collection of files from former British territories which are also known as the “migrated files.” These files will be transferred to The National Archives (TNA) and will affect some of the countries in the Pacific, most notably in Fiji, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, New Hebrides*, and the Solomon Islands. The first batch of files representing about 16% of the total collection is expected to be available at TNA in April 2012.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published a transfer timetable. For more information regarding these files and to view the timetable, please click here.

*Speaking of New Hebrides, which is now known as Vanuatu, ICAS will continue to support the development of the new National Library and Archives building on the grounds of the Cultural Center. We are set to accomplish another project for the National Archives this summer. Look for another fund-raising event through GlobalGiving in April. However, if you are itching to support the project today, please visit our 2012 projects page.

This picture depicts a model of the new National Library and Archives building (right from the tree) at the Cultural Center.


About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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