New Guide for the Western Pacific Archives

The Special Collections at the University of Auckland Library has published a new guide to the Western Pacific Archives (WPA).

The WPA contains the records of the British colonial administration in the Western Pacific from 1877-1978. Spanning more than 760 linear metres (about 2,800 archive boxes), the WPA was transferred to Special Collections at The University of Auckland Library in 2002.

The WPA offers great research opportunities for historians,
anthropologists, archaeologists and researchers in many other fields. Recent research and publications which have drawn on the WPA include:

– The history of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony
– The interface between native medical practitioners and the colonial administration
– German migrants in Tonga
– Coastwatching
– The legal status of indigenous peoples
– Numerous family history projects.

This is truly a significant collection. Click here for the link.

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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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