- Purpose and Program Description
- Historical collections and primary source materials that:
- Document the history of the locale, region, Hawaii, Pacific, other target areas of BYU-Hawaii, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the United States, in some cases, the world.
- Support research and teaching at all academic levels, undergraduate through graduate, with an emphasis on providing the very best primary source materials for undergraduate education at Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
- Curriculum Program Description
- All disciplines within the University concerned with the history of Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and target areas of BYU-Hawaii, and the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American history (and in some cases world history), use our historical collections.
- The number of historical collections held by the University Archives and Special Collections is always growing, and we make every effort to anticipate future curriculum and research requirements, and to meet the demands and requirements of a diverse and large undergraduate and graduate student body.
- New and Expanding Areas of Interest
- Ethnic and minority history (race and ethnicity) as related to local history, LDS Church history, and Pacific Island history
- Labor History (Plantation histories in Hawaii and the Pacific)
- Pacific Islander Women
- Popular Culture
- See “Subject Emphasis” below
- Areas of Specialization
- See “Subject Emphasis” below
- General Selection Guidelines
- Treatment of Subject Depth
- Collected are unique historical, archival, and manuscript materials and collections to create an Association for Research Libraries (ACRL) level repository.
- Specific Delimitations
- Historical, archival, and manuscript materials of any type, including photographs, film, media and folklore/ethnographic materials
- Physical Format
- Primary source materials including unique historical, archival, and manuscript materials.
- Creation Date
- Collected extensively: 1850 - present.
- Geographical Focus
- Koʻolauloa District, Oʻahu, Hawaii, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, the western United States (primarily in the context of diasporic communities of Pacific Islanders), and selectively and when appropriate, East Asia and the broader Pacific Rim, with a particular emphasis on regions or pockets of Church membership as they relate to the larger commercial and cultural region of the Pacific Rim, especially as it existed from the mid-19th to mid-20th Century.
- Subject Emphasis
- “Pacific Islander history and ethnography,” including historical documents and ethnographic data relating to Pacific Islander communities in home countries and in the diaspora.
- “Hawaii political history,” including the historical collections of federal, state, and local politicians, grass roots political movements, etc., and especially the involvement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in political movements and initiatives. Specific focus on land tenure issues in Laʻie and surrounding ahupuaʻa where the Church holds land. Materials to be collected include historically important manuscript and archives collections.
- “Hawaii and Pacific missionary and member diaries and journals,” including the experiences of foreign missionaries in the islands and Pacific Islander missionaries abroad.
- “LDS scholarship and historiography,” including the historical collections of leading LDS scholars, historians, etc. Materials to be collected include historically important manuscript and archives collections.
- “Ethnic and minority history,” including the historical collections of ethnic and minority groups in Hawaii and the Pacific and the United States (primarily diasporic Pacific Islanders). Materials to be collected include historically important manuscript and archives collections.
- “Pacific Islander women,” including historical collections representative of the woman’s experience in Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and the western United States. Materials to be collected include historically important manuscript and archives collections.
- “Environmental history,” including historical materials and collections that document environmental change, environmental activism, and agriculture, in Laʻie, Oʻahu’s Koʻolauloa District, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Materials to be collected include historically important manuscript and archives collections.
- “Labor history,” including plantation history from Laʻie and Kahuku plantations, as well as other plantations in Hawaii and the Pacific, including imported East Asian and Indian labor, as well as Pacific labor outside of their native islands.
- “Hawaii and LDS cultural and social history,” including historical collections and materials that document the lives and careers of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and LDS writers; historical collections and materials that document the cultural (with an emphasis on “popular culture”) and social history of Hawaii and the Pacific, and historical collections and materials that document the history of Laʻie and the Koʻolauloa region. Materials to be collected include historically important manuscript and archives collections.
- No language is excluded if other criteria are met, although English is preferred.
Overlap with Other Subjects or Collections (especially the Pacific Islands Research Room collection) in the Joseph F. Smith Library.
We collaborate closely with our Library colleagues, and, in specific cases, allied subject specialists, including all members of the Pacific Institute Board of Directors.
- Cooperative Programs
- By agreement with the Church History Department, the papers of all Church General Authorities are to be preserved in the Church Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, except when extenuating circumstances make it impossible to follow this policy and the Church Archivist and the University Librarian agree that a person’s papers would be more appropriately preserved by BYUH.
- BYUH participates as a full partner in initiatives of the Consortium of Church Libraries and Archives (CCLA).
Please add “Written 2004. Revised April 2020.”
The mission of the BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections is to acquire, preserve, and make available resources and materials unique to campus history and which support the campus curriculum, with additional emphasis on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii and our target region. The Archives welcomes any offer of privately owned material relating to the history of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center, or material that falls within the scope of our Collection Development Policy.
We collect both published materials (rare books, pamphlets, maps, films, etc.) and unpublished materials (university records, manuscripts, journals, correspondence, photographs, etc.). We also collect materials that are paper-based or digital.
The Archives reserves the right to handle the materials according to the policies and procedures of the archival community and the sponsoring institution. Contact the University Archivist regarding potential donations.
The BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections may make digital copies of its collections available for the purpose of education and research, and post them publicly, in the following situations:
- They are in the public domain.
- The rights are owned by BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections.
- BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections has permission to make the materials accessible.
- BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections makes these materials accessible for education and research purposes as a legal fair use.
- There are no known restrictions on use of the materials.
At the time of digitization, BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections will indicate what it knows about copyright and rights of privacy, publicity, or trademark, and will exercise due diligence not to violate intellectual property rights when posting digitized materials. However, due to the nature of archival collections it is not always possible to identify or record this information. If BYU-Hawaii Archives is notified by rights owners or others that posted digital materials violate intellectual property rights, we will investigate and if the notification is determined to be legitimate, we will take down the materials.
During the investigation, BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections will block from public view or remove material while it addresses the rights issue. If after investigation it is determined that the materials do violate intellectual property rights and may not legitimately be posted, they will be removed.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
While the University Archives will consider notifications of intellectual property rights violations from anyone, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act outlines a procedure for rights owners to request removal of materials posted on the Internet in violation of intellectual property rights. Rights owners filing complaints with BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections are encouraged to follow the format outlined in the Act.
To file a formal notice of copyright infringement with the BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections pursuant to Section 512(c)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the complainant should provide a written communication that sets forth the items specified below.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site as required by 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(ii).
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Library to locate the material as required by 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(iii), preferably the URL of the allegedly infringing content (the specific document URL of the work).
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the University Archives to contact the complainant, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address, as required by 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(iv) (email address is preferred).
- A statement that the complainant has "a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law" as required by 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(v)
- A statement that the information in the complainant's letter is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that he/she is "authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right" as required by 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(vi).
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed" as required by 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(i).
- The written communication should be sent to:
- ATTN: DMCA Complaints
- Joseph F. Smith Library Archives
- Brigham Young University-Hawaii
- 55-220 Kulanui St., BYUH #1966
- Laie, HI 96762
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on this website or obtained from BYU-Hawaii Archives and Special Collections may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Obtaining a digital copy does not grant the receiver the right to publish copyrighted materials. Researchers are responsible for securing from the holder of the copyright the permission to publish copyrighted materials. In many instances, University Archives and Special Collections is not the copyright holder.
We encourage use of these materials for non-profit and educational purposes, such as personal research, teaching and private study. For these limited purposes, the materials may be displayed and printed, and all copies must include proper attribution of the source on all copies:
“Courtesy, University Archives and Special Collections, Joseph F. Smith Library, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, HI 96762” for the full attribution, and “Courtesy of BYU-Hawaii Archives” as the short form.
Except as provided above, or any use beyond what is allowed by fair use (Title 17, § 107 U.S.C.), you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any photographs, images, or information in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the materials.