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The Collection's strengths are in nineteenth and twentieth century published materials, with particular emphasis on government and institutional publications (including the University of Hawaii). It has one of the best collections on Captain James Cook, and maintains solid accumulations on other early voyages and travels to the Islands. There is also a strong assemblage of works, including oral histories, dealing with Hawaii's various ethnic groups.

Since 1915 the Collection has been a depository for Territorial, State, and County publications. Holdings from the Kingdom, Provisional Government, and Republic eras are also substantial. Federal documents on Hawaii are 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. Many early newspapers are also held. A Federal project on ethnic newspapers identified and located early titles, which were then microfilmed. The Collection includes a selected file of clippings of Honolulu newspapers from 1945-1965 arranged under subjects.

Copies of University of Hawaii dissertations and theses are regularly added to the collection. Dissertations and theses concerning Hawaii completed at other institutions are purchased.

Unique holdings of manuscript material include those of Francis Bishop, 1932-1835; Lady Jane Franklin, 1792-1875; David Gregg, 1853-1863; Thomas Jaggar, 1907-1953; John Rae, 1953-1872; Charles Warren Stoddard, 1882-1883; Thomas Thrum, 1880-1920; and Robert Catton, 1894-1932. There are also the William Northey Hooper papers, historian Ralph Kuykendall's notes, letters signed by Hawaiian royalty, and plays by Aldyth Morris. Data concerning significant manuscript holdings are listed in the National Union List of Manuscript Collections.

Archival records are availed for the Dole Corporation, the HSPA Plantation Archives, the Hawaii Literary Arts Council, the Hawaiian Professional Songwriters' Society, the Manoa Valley Papers, and other Hawaii organizations.

Pamphlets and ephemera such as flyers and programs are collected to provide a more complete picture of the Islands.

Materials from the nineteenth century and those which are expensive, unique, or otherwise valuable or irreplaceable require special attention and are in the Hawaiian Rare Collection.

Some taped oral history materials, such as the John A. Burns Oral History Collection and those of the UH Center for Oral History, are considered Rare. Listening equipment is available in Special Collections for oral history cassettes. Patrons with proper identification may use Rare materials under supervision.

Motion pictures, film strips, CDs, phonorecords, tapes, cassettes, videotapes, slide tape sets, audiovisual items accompanied by printed text, and other materials about Hawaii that require play-back facilities are located in the Wong AudioVisual Center in Sinclair Library.




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