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Appointments for access to the Library &
To request an appointment for special access to the Library & Archives collections, please complete the online form.
Bishop Museum’s Library & Archives have one of the richest and most varied collections of published works and primary source materials related to Hawai‘i and the Pacific.
Our Library holdings include rare books, periodicals, newspapers, and special collections of published material.
The Museum’s Archives hold the results of extensive studies done by Museum staff in various disciplines throughout the Pacific, as well diverse and important collections of manuscripts, photographs, artwork, oral histories, sound recordings, and maps.
Archival holdings in the “Voyager” catalog are limited to oral histories, recorded mele (songs & chants), mele manuscripts, moving images, and art. All other collections necessitate in-house finding aids and catalogs.
Hawaiian Ethnological Notes
Commonly called HEN, these notes are largely Hawaiian language material translated by Mary Kawena Pukui. This material includes articles which appeared in Hawaiian Language newspapers. The online search engine provides access to records only. The HEN material must be accessed in-person but will eventually be available on OHA’s Papakilo database.
Online access to curated primary source materials created for teachers of Hawaiian history and culture.
Government & Governance: A Digital Initiative
This online curated collection of 19th century primary sources pays particular respect to topics of sovereignty, annexation, and the evolution of Hawaiʻi’s monarchial system of government in both the Hawaiian and English languages.
The Maps of Henry E.P. Kekahuna
This online map collection contains detailed records of numerous archaeological sites on Hawaiʻi Island.