Library & Archives
Library & Archives
The Bishop Museum Library & Archives is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays* from 9 a.m. to Noon. Capacity is limited.
*Except holiday weekends
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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.
Library holdings in the “Voyager” catalog include published materials such as monographs, pamphlets, and sheet music.
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.
The Library & Archives will also be closed Saturday, February 15, 2020.
When Bishop Museum opened to the public in June 1891, its library consisted of but a few shelves of books in what is today the Picture Gallery. From its beginnings in the personal collections of Charles Reed Bishop and Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop, along with those of other members of the Hawaiian royal families, the Museum’s Library & Archives has grown to become a source and center for Hawaiian and Pacific Island materials.
Top Image: Panoramic view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, ca. 1910. (Alonzo Gartley, Bishop Museum Archives)
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