The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Library’s Melanesian Archives turns 30 years old this year. Materials from this unique archive will be on exhibit in the library beginning May 1. Additionally, on May 9, the library will hold a symposium, Melanesian Anthropology: Archival Perspectives, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Seuss Room of the Geisel Library which will be followed by a reception.
Outside of Melanesia (which includes the countries of Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea), this archive is most likely a one-of-a-kind. Kathy Creely, the Libraries’ Melanesian studies librarian states,
“The Melanesian Archive has grown to include research materials from about 40 different anthropologists, linguists, missionaries, colonial officers, and others. It also includes photographs, films and other materials produced by scholars who have studied Melanesian cultures. In addition, the Libraries are continuing to digitize materials from the collection to enhance access. To date, some 6500 photographs from the Melanesian Archive have been digitized and are available to scholars and others over the Internet.”
Please visit the Libraries’ link to learn more.