Cultural Resources Division
The Cultural Resources Division includes the Anthropology Department, Ethnology Department, and the Library and Archives. The Division’s staff of collections specialists, librarians, archivists, researchers, and technicians work together to care for, develop, and provide access to the collections of cultural materials, library titles, and archival documents preserved by Bishop Museum. Staff members also contribute to the creation of collections-based educational products in support of the Museum’s mission.
Specifically, the Cultural Resources Division is concerned with investigating and preserving the material heritage of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin. Our cultural and archaeological collections contain more than one million artifacts from cultures across the Pacific – from New Guinea to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and from Hawai‘i to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Over 1.5 million manuscripts, maps, and other publications are housed in the Library and Archives.
The preservation and access to the archival, cultural, and archaeological collections is carried out according to local, national and international laws and regulations governing cultural property and natural heritage.
Information on a number of publications on the anthropology and material culture of Hawai‘i and the Pacific are available from the Bishop Museum Press and many publications and books are stocked by the Bishop Museum Shop on-line.