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Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR)

Scope Notes


(Manuscript M004) and Holland/Hooper Supplemental Collection to the IPR Records (Manuscript M021)


The Institute of Pacific Relations records in the Manuscripts division of Archives at the University of Hawai‘i Library consists of approximately thirty-three linear feet of materials documenting the international council, national councils, conferences, finances, and local chapter. It has been divided into five series, Councils, Conferences, Finances, Hawai‘i Chapter, and Correspondence files. The majority of the records pertain to the period from inception of IPR to the move of the Pacific Council and IPR headquarters to New York City in 1934. This removal reduced the amount of IPR records held in Honolulu. World War II brought restrictions in mail and shipping between the Mainland and Hawai‘i, further reducing the volume of records found here.

The original accession of IPR records included records of the early years of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council. As the PAAC records are also in the Manuscripts Collections of the Archives in the University Library, the archivist determined to separate from the IPR records the records of PAAC created after its reincorporation in December 1953. Folders 8-21 of box D-17, and all of boxes D-18 through D-20 of the IPR collection were removed and became boxes A1-A4 of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council records (Manuscript M014).

Many of the items in the IPR records are carbon copies; if originals of these documents survive, they are most likely to be in the IPR Collection in Butler Library, Columbia University. Other collections of significance are the IPR records at the University of British Columbia, the E. C. Carter papers at Bailey-Howe Library at the University of Vermont, the Genji Okubo papers at Hitotsubashi University, and the Yasaka Takagi papers at Tokyo University.

The Holland/Hooper Supplemental Collection to the IPR records consists of approximately eight linear feet of materials mainly consisting of correspondence (primarily of Holland, 1937-1978 and of E. C. Carter, 1936-1952); problems of the McCarthy era; activities of the International Secretariat, the American Council, and local branches (particularly Hawai‘i); and the principal theses and dissertations concerning the Institute. There is also a copy of F. V. Field’s autobiography and biographical material on William Holland and Paul Hooper.

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