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As a part of the Museum’s new strategic plan, the Library & Archives have been identified as an area of priority in the effort to provide greater access to the Museum’s resources. Temporarily suspending our public reference hours will allow staff the time necessary to support a museum and community effort to plan and implement a new model of operation for this area.

Appointments for access to the Library & Archives collections are available on a limited, by-appointment basis. Appointments will be granted and scheduled based on staff availability to provide access, giving priority to those who have the most critical need specific to unique materials in our collections.

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.

Online Records

Library Catalog

Archives Catalog
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.

Anthropology Manuscripts Anthropology Projects
Records of manuscripts and projects of the Bishop Museum Anthropology Department.

Hawaiʻi Pacific Journal Index

Hawaiʻi Sheet Music Index


Online Resources

Hawaiʻi ALIVE
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.

Please complete the online form to schedule a research access appointment.

For all other inquiries, please email archives@bishopmuseum.org.