UCSD’s Melanesian Archive Turns 30

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.

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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