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About the Hawaiian Collection
While the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room is closed, and access to our collections is limited, we are working remotely and are available to help you.
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The information provided on our webpages describe our collections and services generally, but may not reflect changes we are making as the situation evolves.
The Hawaiian Collection at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library is a comprehensive collection of retrospective and current materials pertaining to Hawaiʻi. There are more than 133,500 volumes relating to Hawaiian history, culture, art, and science as well as microfilm holdings of over 12,000 reels and more than 2,000 serial subscriptions. All formats, periodicals, languages, and levels of treatment are collected. The collection's strength is the 20th century and includes numerous unpublished reports and papers that are unique to the collection. The Hawaiian audiovisual collection includes over 4,500 videotapes and over 3,000 sound recordings. The Hawaiian Collection is part of Special Collections and is housed on the fifth floor of Hamilton Library, and the Hawaiian audiovisual collection is housed in the Wong Audiovisual Center at Sinclair Library.
The Collection's strengths are 19th century through 21st-century published materials, with particular emphasis on government and institutional publications (including those of the University).
The Collection has substantial holdings of Hawaiʻi government publications, from the Kingdom, Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, State and Counties. US Federal and UN documents on Hawaiʻi are also acquired.
There is an extensive collection of periodical titles, the majority being magazines, journals, newsletters, and annual reports of local organizations.
Current newspapers published in the State are received regardless of language, and regularly microfilmed for long-term preservation. Many early newspapers are also held with many now made freely available online in collaboration with the Library of Congress.
Dissertations & Theses
Copies of all University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa dissertations and theses are regularly added to the collection. Dissertations concerning Hawaiʻi completed at other institutions are also purchased.
Pamphlets & Ephemera
Pamphlets, posters, and ephemera such as flyers and programs are collected to provide a more complete picture of the islands.
Unique holdings of manuscript material include those of Thomas Jagger, 1907-1953; and Thomas Thrum, 1880-1920, among many others.
Archival records include those of the Dole Corporation, the Hawaiian sugar Planters' Association, the Hawaiʻi Literacy Arts Council, and other Hawaiʻi organizations.
Materials from the nineteenth century-and others that are otherwise unique, valuable or irreplaceable-receive special storage and attention as part of the Hawaiian Rare Collection.
Final transcripts of oral history materials, such as the John A. Burns Oral History Collection and those of the UH Center for Oral History, are available.
Motion pictures and audio recordings about Hawaiʻi in any format that requires play-back facilities are located in the Wong Audio-Visual Center in Sinclair Library.
Jodie Mattos, Kapena Shim, Dore Minatodani