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Museum's Patty Belcher, for updating this material. Some has been extracted
from Directory of Libraries and Information Resources in Hawaii and the
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Bishop Museum Library & Archives
1525 Bernice Street
P.O. Box 19000-A
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0916
FUNCTION: The Bishop Museum Library is a private non-profit research
library, dedicated to the collection and preservation of the records of
the natural and cultural history of Hawaii and the Pacific region, and
to the dissemination of information, the fostering of research and the
support of Bishop Museum programs
USE POLICY: Open to the general public without charge; on-site use only.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
SUBJECT AREAS: Cultural and natural history of Hawaii and the Pacific
region. The collections include manuscripts and archives as well as published
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Fuller Collection of Pacific Books; Carter Collection
of Hawaiiana; Hawaiian language newspapers; printed texts in Hawaiian and
other Pacific island languages; manuscripts and archival materials; maps
and nautical charts; aerial photographs of Pacific islands; early voyage
and travel accounts.
In 1991, the "Visual Collection" was incorporated into the Archives.
This collection includes art, photographs and motion picture film focusing
on Hawaii and the South Pacific. The collection contains both cultural
and natural history materials: Early case photographs (ambrotypes;
and tintypes); early voyage art; the Ray Jerome Baker collection; Bishop
Museum staff photograph albums. The Visual Collection holdings include
700 16mm films, 100 8mm films; 45 videocassettes; 20,000 slides, 750,000
photographs; 3,300 artwork (flat).
HOLDINGS: 90,000 books; 1,700 magazine titles; 25,000 pamphlets; 1,500
microfiche; 1,000 microfilm reels; 20,000 maps, 70,000 aerial photos;
Iolani Palace Grounds
King and Richards Streets
Honolulu HI 96813
HOURS: M-F, 7:45 AM-4:30 PM
FUNCTION: To collect all Hawaii public archives.
USE POLICY: Holdings available for use by all researchers. Use of some
material may be subject to restrictions placed on them by statute or by
the agency/donor. On-site use only.
SUBJECT AREAS: Government and history of Hawaii.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Monarchy, Republic, Territorial and State archives,
1790 to date; Hawaiian government publications and laws; Captain James
Cook Memorial Collection; Hawaiian newspapers dating back to 1834; Passenger
arrival records to 1900; Personal papers of Hawaiian monarchs and other
prominent people of Hawaii; Photographs and maps relating to Hawaii.
PUBLICATIONS: Archives of Hawaii (1984); Searching genealogical records
in Hawaii (1982); Procedures for patrons, Hawaii State Archives (1984);
Guide to land records (1987).
HOLDINGS: 2,700 books; 60 magazine titles; 210 newspaper titles; 542
microfiche; 3,299 microfilm reels; federal archives and manuscripts.
Hawaii Chinese History Center
111 North King Street, Room 410
Honolulu HI 96817
HOURS: T-F 10 AM-1 PM
PURPOSE: To preserve the cultural heritage of the Chinese people in
Hawaii through oral history recordings, collection of source material documents
and artifacts, support of ethnic studies and the publication thereof,
of historical sites, and sponsorship of study groups on the Chinese heritage
HOLDINGS: A beginning collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets,
genealogies, documents and artifacts.
SUBJECTS: Chinese societies, biographies of Chinese, current Chinese
news, early Chinese immigration, geography of China, historic sites, Chinese
Americans in U.S., esp. Hawaii.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Oral history and documents on the Chinese in Hawaii.
PUBLICATIONS: Guidelines on tape recording the history of the Chinese
in Hawaii, maps, newsletter, occasional papers.
SERVICES: Reference service, newsletter to members, reading room, research
consultation, slide lectures. Membership in this non-profit organization:
$5 for individuals and institutions; $10 family; $25 Sustaining; and $500
Hawaii Mission Children's Society Library
553 South King Street
Honolulu HI 96813
HOURS: M-F 10 AM-4 PM; Saturday by appointment. Closed Sundays
and all state & federal holidays.
FUNCTION: To collect and preserve written and pictorial material from
the missionary period of 19th-century Hawaii, and to make this material
available for study and research.
USE POLICY: Unrestricted use of the general library collection. Unpublished
papers may be studied by arrangement with the librarian. On-site use only.
SUBJECT AREAS: Hawaiiana, with emphasis on the American Protestant Mission
to Hawaii; published accounts of early voyages to Hawaii; Hawaiian-language
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Archives of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association
(now called United Church of Christ, Hawaii Conference); unpublished letters
and reports of American missionaries in Micronesia and the Marquesas; church
records; unpublished diaries and journals.
PUBLICATIONS: Missionary Album (1969); The Hawaii Journals of the New
England Missionaries, 1813-1894 (1892); HMCS Annual Report; several other
HOLDINGS: 12,000 books, 30 magazine titles; 12 English newspaper titles;
28 Hawaiian newspaper titles; 4,000 pamphlets; 130 microfilm reels; 16mm
and 8mm films; videocassettes.
Central Union Church Archives
1660 South Beretania Street
Honolulu HI 96826
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HOURS: By appointment.
USE POLICY: Most of the resources held by Central Union Church are available to the public only through the church historians, Suzanne Case and Rosemary Eberhardt. You may reach Mrs. Case for a question or an appointment through the church office.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Central Union Church is the repository of all extant records of the Portuguese Evangelical Church, also known as Pilgrim Church, formed in the 1890s for Portuguese-speaking Protestants. That church rejoined Central Union in 1940. Holdings include parish records, burial records for internments in that portion of Makiki Cemetery owned and maintained by Central Union Church, a plot map of the cemetery, photos, documents, and other materials.
- Records of the Portuguese Evangelical Church, Book 1, 1892-1917. All information is in the Portuguese language. Individual entries are in narrative form.
- Records of the Pilgrim [Portuguese] Church, Book 2, 1918-1936. Handwritten journal entries in the Portuguese language. Later minutes are in English and usually typewritten.
- Records of the Pilgrim Church, Book 3, 1925-1940. Member lists for 1925 and 1940; short list of members who joined between 11 April 1926 and 24 March 1939; record of deaths from 22 January 1928 to 25 December 1932; record of marriages from 20 May 1924 to 19 January 1930; record of baptisms from 25 April 1924 to 26 August 1924.
- Baptism Records, Portuguese Evangelical Church/Pilgrim Church. Contains about 325 names from 25 December 1892 to 24 April 1940.
- A Card Index of Parish Members. About 1910 to 1915, divided by members, baptisms, marriages, deaths, etc.
- 0-66 O. P. Soares, Portuguese Evangelical Church, 1910. This record is held by the Hawaii State Archives; Central Union has a photocopy. Soares was the minister in 1910.
Hawaiian Historical Society Library
560 Kawaiahao St.
Honolulu HI 96813
HOURS: M-F 10 AM-4 PM
FUNCTION: To make available public research materials and information
on the history of Hawaii and the Pacific.
USE POLICY: Unrestricted reference use. No circulation or interlibrary
SUBJECT AREAS: History of Hawaii, Polynesia and the Pacific; including
voyages and travels, biographies, social life and customs, native Hawaiians
and immigrant groups.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Early voyages to Hawaii and the Pacific, 19th century
Hawaiian newspapers, Hawaiian language publications, manuscripts, photographs.
PUBLICATIONS: The Hawaiian Journal of History (annual); Newsletter
Annual Report; Indexes to the Journal; books on Hawaii's history. Publications
catalog available on request.
HOLDINGS: 11,000 books, 16 magazine titles; 64 newspaper titles; 3,000
pamphlets; microfiche and microfilm.
Lyman House Memorial Museum
276 Haili Street
Hilo HI 96720 (island of Hawaii)
HOURS: By appointment only.
FUNCTION: Research library for Museum staff; access to the public by
USE POLICY: By appointment, under supervision.
SUBJECT AREAS: Hawaiian history with emphasis on missionary years; geology;
ethnic groups, as related to the Museum's exhibits.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Old New England newspapers with information on
Hawaii; historical photographs; missionary correspondence (if on the big
island); records of the Hilo boarding school
HOLDINGS: 7,500 books; 10,000 photographs
Hawaii Maritime Center
Library and Photo Archives
Honolulu HI 96813
HOURS: M, T, Th, F by appointment only (9 AM-4 PM); closed Saturday and Sunday.
FUNCTION: Materials in the collection cover the maritime history of
Hawaii. Collection available to people interested in pursuing that subject.
USE POLICY: Open to the public on request. On-site use only.
SUBJECT AREAS: Maritime Hawaii: ships, ports/landings, commerce, recreation,
Falls of Clyde and Matson memorabilia.
HOLDINGS: 1,000 books; 600 magazines; 2,000 pamphlets; 33 films; 47
videocassettes; 50 audio cassettes; 5,000 slides; 10,000 filmstrips
Hawaii State Library
478 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone (808)586-3535 (Hawaii & Pacific Section)
Phone (808)586-3499 (Language, Literature & History Section)