The following is a brief description of the major holdings of the Joseph F. Smith Library Archives and Special Collections. The collection is divided into five areas: University Records, Manuscripts, Photographs, Artifacts, and Rare Books. Please visit us or view our finding aids for more detailed descriptions and container lists from selected collections.
The Archives is the official repository for the records of the Church College of Hawaii (1955 – 1974) and Brigham Young University Hawaii (1974 – present). University records include:
the records of Pacific Board of Education
Presidential papers, office of the University President (Reuben D. Law, Richard T. Wootton, Owen J. Cook, Stephen J. Brower, Dan W. Andersen, J. Elliot Cameron, Alton L. Wade)
Records from the office of the Vice President/Dean of Academics
Records of academic and administrative divisions and departments
Records of the Pacific Institute
Complete collections of CCH / BYUH publications (Pacific Studies, KeAlakaÿi, Campus News, Kula Manu, CCH / BYUH catalogs, CCH / BYUH annuals) The University records also include an extensive collection of audiovisual materials in a variety of formats, which consists primarily of video recordings of campus events and devotionals, sports, and University productions. Access to most collections require departmental or division approval. Presidential files are restricted to research for 50 years unless approved by the office of the President.
The majority of our manuscript collection is related to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Oceania, with a specific emphasis on the Church in Hawaii, one of its earliest foreign missions. In addition, our collection focuses on the general history of the Ko’olauloa moku of windward O’ÿhu and the history of Hawaii.
Collections on L.D.S. Church history in Hawaii include:
Records of the Polynesian Cultural Center
Selected records from the La’ie, Hÿwai’i Temple
Selected records of the Hawaii and Central Pacific Missions
Selected records from the La’ie Sugar Plantation and Zions Securities Corporation
Records of the La’ie Community Association
Records of the Mÿlama Ohana Ko’olauloa Association
The Kenneth Baldridge Oral History Collection
Selected records from the L.D.S. branch in Kalawao, Moloka’i
Collection of diaries, journals, and letters from various missionaries and mission leaders in Hawaii from 1854 – 1950.
Collections on L.D.S. Church history in Oceania include:
The Robert Goodman Collection (Niue)
The New Zealand Collection (1874-1967)
The Alonzo Merrell journals
Selected records and scrapbooks from missionaries and mission leaders in Tonga, Samoa, New Caledonia, Fiji, and other areas.
Private papers and manuscripts include:
Records of the Kahuku Sugar Plantation (1893-1976)
The Hawaiian Sugar Planter’s Association (H.S.P.A.) Filipino Labor Records (1906-1949)
The Edwin Kamau’oha Papers
The Alice Namakelua Collection
The Christiansen Hawaiian Postage Stamps Collection
Selected Hawaiian land deeds and associated correspondence
Collection of audiorecordings of traditional Niuean songs
The University Archives is also the official repository for records of the:
Hawaii Libraries Association
Association of Hawaiian Archivists
Mormon Pacific Historical Society
The Archives photograph collection includes over 15,000 photographs and negatives and approximately 47,000 slides. The majority of our photos document the 50 year history of Church College of Hawaii and Brigham Young University Hawaii, but we also have an extensive collection of photos from the Hawaii and Central Pacific Missions, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Institute of Polynesian Studies, and the La’ie Sugar Plantation.
Private collections include the Frank Call Collection (Hawaii, 1909-1913), the Thalia Butler Collection (Lÿ’ie, 1921-1923), the Edward K. Bryant Photo Collection (Pacific Islands, 1941-1944), a collection of glass plate negatives from Samoa in the 1890’s, among others.
In 1963, the University acquired a collection of Hawaiian artifacts from the estate of James W. L. McGuire. The McGuire Collection is the University’s largest collection of ethnographic materials, comprising nearly 600 total pieces. Since 1963, the artifact collection has grown to nearly 900 pieces, almost all from Oceania. The collection is displayed in the Joseph F. Smith Library’s Pacific Islands Room, and the museum at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Please see a member of the Archives staff to see materials from this collection.
The Joseph F. Smith Library’s special collections are divided between the University Archives and the Pacific Islands Room. The majority of these materials are rare published works on the history and cultures of Oceania. Please use the online Library Catalog (link to SIRSI search page) to search for these materials.