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Hawai'i History Day: Primary Sources from the Hawai'i Congressional Papers Collection: 2022: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas

About this Guide

This guide features a selection of primary sources from the Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection that relate to each year’s Hawaiʻ History Day theme (click the green tabs above to navigate). Some of these documents may spark ideas and help you to generate questions as you start developing your project!

To learn more about our collections, which include the papers Senator Hiram L. Fong, Representative Thomas P. Gill, Senator Spark M. Matsunaga, Representative Ed Case, Representative Patricia F. Saiki, Representative Neil Abercrombie, Senator Daniel Akaka, and Senator Daniel K. Inouye, please visit our website.

Frontiers in History

This year’s Hawaiʻi History Day theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. This page showcases primary sources from the archives of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Hiram L. Fong, Senator Spark M. Matsunaga, Representative Thomas P. Gill, Representative Patricia F. Saiki, and Representative Neil Abercrombie


Some materials highlight new ways of thinking about topics like immigration, equality, and peace. Some materials document the emergence of leadership, and the breaching of Hawaiʻi’s political and business establishment. In some cases, the materials suggest not so much a frontier, but rather a return to principles and values that had been forgotten or abandoned, such as the sustainable management of land and the environment. 


Banner image: Infrared aerial photo (Kalihi looking in the ‘Ewa direction) intended to illustrate the effects of pollution on land and water, late 1960s. Pollution studies conducted during this period led to the establishment and strengthening of clean air and water standards for Hawaiʻi. Audiovisual series, Slides subseries, Thomas P. Gill Papers, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library.

Frontiers in Leadership

Frontiers in Immigration

Frontiers in Land Use and Environmental Stewardship

Political Frontiers

Frontiers in Equality

Peace as a Frontier


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Dawn Sueoka
University Archives and Manuscript Collections

About Archives Research

Doing research in the Archives is different from finding books in a library. Identifying and reviewing archival material takes patience and persistence, so it’s important to start as early as you can!

If you think you might like to do research in the Congressional Papers Collection, email me (link above) with a description of your topic, and I’d be happy to see if our collections contain material that would support your research.

Please note that my access to the collections--and therefore my ability to assist researchers--may be impacted by COVID-19 closures.