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The Digital Archive Collections at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library include historical and cultural material in digital form, made accessible via the World Wide Web. Some projects were funded in part or in full by grants. Grant applications, reports and Web statistics related to specific digital imaging projects are available. Many other projects were started and/or completed by the efforts of students working in Library and Information Studies Program Internships. This page lists scanned material from Archives and Manuscript collections, the Asia Collection, art works from the Jean Charlot Collection, resources related to Hawai'i and Pacific culture and history and material from the Rare collection.

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Collection Descriptions

Aloha Hawaii Scrapbook    A collection of black and white photographs of scenic sites and identifiable landmarks in Hawaii, programs, tickets, etc. Scrapbook was compiled by Norma Stewart circa. 1935. It was acquired by or donated to the University of Hawaii Library Hawaiian Collection.

Anatomy of the Pineapple    Research materials on the anatomy of the pineapple, Ananas cosmosus. Original research files from Beatrice R. Krauss.

The Annexation Of Hawai'i: A Collection Of Documents     Digitized reports and debates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries related to the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom and the annexation of Hawai'i. Including the Blount Report and the Anti-annexation Petitions.

Asia At Work - Images from Books    Within the vast body of literature on Asia held by the Asia Collection at the University of Hawaii are fascinating illustrations of the people of Asia and the environment in which they live. These images are a visual record of the lives of the people and their surroundings.

Chaplain Hiro Higuchi Correspondence    During World War II, Hiro Higuchi of Hawaii volunteered to serve as one of two chaplains attached to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American unit formed in January 1943. While serving with the 442nd RCT, Chaplain Higuchi wrote frequent letters to his wife Hisako reassuring her of his safety and documenting his experiences and impressions of the war. His descriptive letters provide insight into the mindset and experiences of the soldiers of the 442nd RCT and the nature of military life in World War II.

Creating Siapo: American Samoa 1967    A collection of eighteen 35mm slides, shot by Joan Griffis in 1967. The slides were donated by Ms. Griffis to the University of Hawaii-Manoa Library's Pacific Collection in 2009. The eighteen slides in this online collection depict the process of making siapo, as bark-cloth is known in Samoa. The slides were donated by Ms. Griffis to the Pacific Collection in 2009, in conjunction with another major gift to the University of Hawaii Library: A full-size siapo piece made by Mary Pritchard, one of world's preeminent makers of traditional bark-cloth, and the person most often credited for reviving the nearly lost art in Samoa.

Dakin Fire Insurance Maps: Honolulu (1891, 1899, 1906)    Fire insurance maps of Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands surveyed for the Board of Fire Underwriters of Honolulu. M.D. Monsarrat and Alfred Richard Gurrey, survey inspectors.

Donald Angus Botanical Prints    Donald Angus' collection of botanical prints are housed at the Bishop Museum, Foster Gardens, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Hamilton Library. These exquisite illustrations were published in monographs and journals mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries. They reflect the enthusiasm of scientists, and the popularity of the exotic flora being introduced and cultivated in European botanical gardens.

Douglas Oliver Collection     This collection of 35mm slides were donated to the Pacific Collection in 2009. The majority of the images are from between 1938 and 1939 when Dr. Oliver as a research associate on the staff of the Harvard Peabody Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology conducted research on the island of Bougainville, among the Siwai (a.k.a. Siuai) people.

EO9066: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans    This is a website created from a CD-ROM copyright 1998 by the Regents of the University of California, used with permission. The site explores the incarceration of Japanese Americans by the United States Government during World War II.

eVols at University of Hawaii Library    This repository is a central place which stores and maintains information in digital format for material which the library digitizes as part of grant projects and digital library program initiatives.

Fifty Years as a Center of Our Lives: College/University of Hawaii, 1907-1957     An exhibit documenting the early years of the Manoa campus and focusing upon the role the University played in the lives of students, faculty and staff. Created as part of the Archives contribution to and celebration of the upcoming Centennial of the University.

Filipino Workers in Hawaii, 1926    Photographs in Connection with the Investigation of Working Conditions of Filipino Laborers on Hawaiian Sugar Plantations, 1926, by Lt. Colonel Robert A. Duckworth-Ford; collection is from Alex Ford of California; titles taken from typed captions on each photograph.

Fitzharris Hawaii Photo Album     A donated album of photographs from the Margaret S. Fitzharris Trust appear to date from the early 1900's and may have been collected by Ms. Fitzharris' parents Will[iam?] and Ella Skinner.

Georeferenced Hawaii Historical Maps 1885-1904    The most frequently requested historical maps of the principal islands of Hawaii georeferenced in-house to be imported into a GIS in the form of a georeferenced tiff.

Great Kanto Earthquake, Japan, September 1923    With a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale it was the deadliest earthquake in Japanese history, and at the time was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region. The Great Kanto Earthquake 関東大震災写真集 site contains 199 images scanned from black & white still photos.

Hawaii Congressional Papers: Senator Hiram Fong Exhibit    An exhibit honoring Sen. Hiram L. Fong as 2002 recipient of the UH Founders' Lifetime Achievement Award was featured in the bridge gallery of Hamilton Library. The display showcased some of the fascinating memorabilia from Sen. Fong's campaign trail; his important legislative issues; and school days at the University of Hawaii.

Hawaii Karate Museum Digital Archives     More than 40 books and journals published between 1940 and 1965, in Japanese and/or English.

Hawaii Lantern Slides    Glass slides of landscapes, landmarks, people and occupations in Hawaii circa 1910-1940. Various photographers.

Hawaii 1929-30 : my first trip to Hawaii    Scrapbook containing photographs taken in Hawaii by Hazel Williams Gill between June 8, 1929 and June 21, 1930. Also contains other memorabilia of her Los Angeles-Hawaii round-trip.

Hawaii Topographic Quadrangles    Mapped overlays which link to United States Geological Survey topographical quadrangles for the State of Hawaii.

Hawaii War Records Depository (HWRD)    is an extensive collection of archival materials that document life in Hawaii during World War II. The Territorial Legislature of 1943 authorized the University of Hawaii Library to collect materials to document the impact of the war upon Hawai'i and its populace. The collection includes approximately 1,325 photographs.

Hawai'i War Records - U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographs    includes 880 photographs taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the U.S. Navy between 1941 and 1946. They depict Army and Navy activities in Hawaii and illustrate the military's relationship with Hawaii's civilian population.

Hawaiian & Pacific Photographic Negatives    A substantial collection of large-format photographic negatives created as a result of requests for publication quality reproductions of book illustrations housed in our rare collection. These include plates from the 18th/19th century voyaging accounts, images of war canoes, etc.

Hawaiian Kalo Varieities    A collection of images based on the slide images and research material produced and gathered by Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond in 1983. The original material consists of a 3-ring binder of slides and text titled A Pictorial Illustration of Hawaiian Kalo Varieties at Lyon Arboretum with descriptions from Taro Varieties in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Language Newspapers    Images of Hawaiian language newspapers published from 1834 to 1948. Includes stories, chants, photographs, advertisements, political notices, letters to the editor. Documents a unique period in history and presents the Hawaiian view of events, genealogy and culture.

Hawaiian Music Collection    includes the collection of Dirk Vogel containing 6,000 78s, 2,650 LPs, 900 45s and thousands of other items and 2,533 Hawaiian music recordings from the estate of James Grant Cathro of Glasgow, Scotlnd consisting of a collection of 2,056 phonodiscs (33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM speeds); 236 cassettes and various other recordings primarily of steel guitar music. This site is intended to show the possibilities for presenting sound, sheet music, images, and text of lyrics in an online searchable database.

Hawaiian Photo Album    The Hawaiian collection contains a number of photograph albums and miscellaneous collections of photos. Most are incompletely identified however the images are of historical and research interest. Scanning of the images is underway as of spring 2007.

Henry Warner's Hawaii Photo Album - 1932-1943    This album/scrapbook was compiled by Henry Warner while he served in the US Army at Schofield Barracks in what was then the Territory of Hawaii. Digital images of the album and commentary about the pictures were provided by his son, Gary.

Ilocandia: A Visual Experience of Ilocos Sur   Fifteen photos from an exhibition in celebration of Filipino-American History Month in October 2013 donated by David Chan Leprozo, Jr.

Images of Okinawa after World War II    are color slides donated by Ms. Madeleine K. Van Epps, plus black & white photos taken by the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands (USCAR).The color slides were taken between 1945 and 1946 by Dr. Donald H. Kupfer, the donor's father who was a Navy officer at the time stationed in Okinawa.

India Post-Independence Photographs    The India Post-Independence Photo Collection is a collection of 36 photographs taken from the moment of Indian independence in 1947 through 1959. Some of the photographs were issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Government of India, some by the United States Information Service (USIS), and some by Life Magazine photographers.

Jack Tobin Collection    Jack Tobin (1920-2010) first went to the Marshall Islands in 1950 to study the needs of atoll dwellers with limited resources and growing populations. Dr. Tobin extensively documented his time in Micronesia, both in written and photographic form. These images include not only the Marshalls, but also various atolls and islands throughout what was then the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Japanese American Veterans Collection - National Archives Documents Relating to the 442nd RCT    The 442nd Veterans Club in Honolulu sponsors an ongoing project in which volunteers copy documents located in the National Archives that relate to the activities of the 442nd Regimental Combat team during World War II.

Japanese Commercial Graphic Design     contains images of graphic designs used in Japanese advertisements during the 1920s. The images were published in 1928 as supplements to the publication, Shoten zuan senshu (advertisement designs) by the now-defunct Shotenkai.

Japanese Language School Textbooks Collection     Consists of approximately 600 books (including duplicates), which were published from early 1900s to 1950s located in Asia Special Collections in Hamilton Library. The textbooks were used to educate children of Japanese descendents, and they are now important resources to research the education of Japanese immigrants, the school system, and the social climate in Hawaii during that period. Selected covers and content images are available, and some full text in PDF format.

Jean Charlot Murals and Sculpture    The Jean Charlot Collection is an archive of art works relating to the artist and writer Jean Charlot and to those with whom he came in contact in France, Mexico, the United States and the Pacific. A selection of scanned slide images held in the Jean Charlot collection have been digitized. Murals featured are frescoes unless otherwise indicated.

Jos Guadalupe Posada    In 1921 the young French artist Jean Charlot, then working as a muralist in Mexico City, encountered the broadsides of Jos Guadalupe Posada. Charlot's enthusiasm for Posada resulted in the assembly of an extensive personal collection of Posada's art. This collection includes digital images from slides of cover illustrations produced by Posada to illustrate a series of pamphlets for children on the history of Mexico.

Lantern Slides of the Nippon Rikkokai - Japanese Immigrants to Americas      is a collection featuring 179 black/white and hand-colored images of lantern slides created and provided by the Nippon Rikkokai Foundation 日本力行会. Most images depict lives of immigrants to the Americas, mainly to Brazil, in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Leslie Sheraton Slides of Hawaii    Images of "tourist travel" to and in Hawaii from 1956 and the early 1970s taken by Leslie Sheraton, described as "an avid photographer". The slides were donated to the Hawaiian Collection at th e University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012.

Lian Huan Hua Chinese Picture Story Books     Lian Huan Hua literarily means "linked serial pictures." They are pocket sized picture-story books first published by a Shanghai publisher in the 1920s. Lian huan hua is also commonly known as Xiao ren shu, children's book for their simplicity and heraldic subjects. In the early 1920s, lian huan hua first appeared mainly as adaptations of Jingju (Peking Opera) and Chinese literary classics. The pictures were created mostly in line drawings, sketches, and oil-wash painting. After the People's Republic of China (PRC) was founded in 1949, lain huan hua became an extremely popular art form and was used to popularize new government policies and regulations. From 1951 to 1956, more than 10,000 titles, and approximately 26 billion copies were published in China.

Local Sightings/Citings     Online project created at The Center for Teaching Excellence, funded by an Educational Improvement Fund (EIF) grant from the Office of the President of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The project focuses on a specific period of time in the history of Hawai'i - the early Territorial period, from 1898 - 1933. We located primary sources, textual and graphic, which can be integrated into a teaching manual. The goal is to raise questions and engender in the users/viewers of the materials a desire to take seriously the challenge to recover and rediscover the history of this place.

Magic Lantern Slides Collection from Japan     Produced in the late 1800's and early 1900's; some were exhibited in the Treasures from the Library show in 2005. The slides were donated by the grandchildren of Reverend Takie Okumura, a local spiritual leader and founder of Makiki Christian Church, established 1904, as well as the Okumura Boys and Girls Home (originally called Okumura's Christian Home) established in 1901.

Maps: flood-damaged items restored by Preservation    A sample of items damaged in the 2004 flood, restored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Preservation Department.

Margo Duggan Collection: Slides of Micronesia and Hawaii, 1949-1954    Margo Duggan served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, from 1943 through 1945. In late 1949 she began work as a civilian employee of the United States Trust Territories Administration. Between 1949 and 1954, she worked on or visited a number of locations in the Marshall, Mariana, and Caroline Islands, as well as in Hawaii. Her photographs document an important moment in the history of Micronesia, as the various island nations emerged from the life and death struggles of World War II and began the process of redefining their political status.

Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak      The United States conducted more than eighty nuclear weapons tests on and around Bikini and Enewetak Atolls (Marshall Islands) between 1946 and 1958. The 878 images in this collection span the years from 1946-1988, and document the lives of Bikini and Enewetak islanders after they were relocated from their home islands as a result of these tests. The images derive from the anthropological fieldwork of Dr. Leonard "Leni" Mason and Dr. Robert Kiste, both of whom served as longtime faculty members at the University of Hawaii-Manoa prior to their retirement from fulltime teaching (Mason in 1969 and Kiste in 2002).

Oliver Statler Collection     is the accumulated materials that were the basis for the scholarly writings of Oliver Statler, most notably, Japanese Inn, Japanese Pilgrimage, and Shimoda Story. The collection includes correspondence, research notes, manuscripts, source materials, brochures, clippings, postcards, maps, art prints, photographs, slides, films, audiotapes and more.

Opium in Asia - Images from Books    Within the vast body of literature on Asia held by the Asia Collection at the University of Hawaii are fascinating images related to opium usage in Asia. These images are a visual record of the impact opium has had on Asian peoples during certain historical times.

Plants for Hawaiian lei    Images scanned from slides of flowers, seeds, leaves, plants used in making Hawaiian lei. Follows the format of the 2002 publication Growing plants for Hawaiian lei by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Rapanui: the Edmunds/Bryan Photograph Collection, 1904-1929    Henry P. Edmunds and William A. Bryan were both photographers who shared the experience of Rapanui, or Easter Island, during the early 1900s. Both of them took remarkable photographs documenting Rapanui's archaeological wonders and everyday life, and some of these fascinating images are presented here.

RASRL (Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory) database    provides a key to a treasure trove of student research papers covering over fifty years (1920s–1970s) observations of family, community and workplace relations throughout Hawaii and interrelations between different races. Papers have not been scanned.

Russian Passport Album    The album contains the passport applications for 165 people who wished to leave Hawaii and return to Russia. Every person was required to submit a photograph, and details on where and when they were born, what work they did, year and name of ship on which they came to Hawaii,etc. The images of the album pages are accompanied by an image of the text transcribed in Russian and an abbreviated English translation.

Russian Posters    Collection of propaganda posters produced by the Soviet government during the Cold War period - roughly the end of World War II until around 1984. Socialist realism art and utopian images of life in the Soviet Union dominate.

Save Our Surf (SOS)     a collection of unpublished material from the SOS organization begun by John Kelly, including posters, flyers, articles, petitions, etc. SOS was an environmental, social, political, and cultural association that contributed to the contemporary Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.

ScholarSpace     is UH Manoa's Digital Repository. Our mission is to store the intellectual works and unique collections of this academic community and to provide a permanent web location for those accessing these resources.

Shackford Collection of photographs of China     These photographs were taken during the late 1920s and early 1930s by William Shackford during his travels and tenure as an English teacher in southern China.

Social Movements Collection   Pamphlets, brochures, and periodicals about the labor movement in the United States as well as global radical political movements, including anarchism, communism, and fascism. Acquired from Eugene Bechtold, a bookseller and former instructor at the Chicago Worker's School; the collection also includes items from the collection of John Reineke.

South Asia: 19th Century and Earlier Imprints    The South Asia collection actively works to make its holdings digitally accessible. This project begins to collect all the materials in Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that fit the description South Asia: 19th Century and Earlier Imprints.

South East Asia Posters    This website was created in late 2006 and is dedicated to digitizing posters from countries in the South East Asia region.

Steve Thomas Traditional Micronesian Navigation Collection    is comprised of unpublished papers, audiovisual and photographic materials (including oral history transcripts and 35mm slides), publications and miscellaneous items related primarily to traditional navigation on the island of Satawal Island, Yap. 1866 color slides have been digitized.

TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library    is a collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975. Organizations involved in this pilot site are libraries in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA - and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL -

Treasures from the Library    This site contains images of objects originally displayed in a 2005 exhibition at the UH Art Gallery [] and published in a 163-page catalog Making connections : treasures from the University of Hawai'i Library.

Treasures of Okinawa: Frank Hawley Collection    Regarded as one of the rarest and the largest known collection of Ryukyu/Okinawa ancient manuscripts, maps, scrolls, and prints. To celebrate the first Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in Hawai'i, this digital exhibit of selected materials from the Hawley Collection was created.

Trust Territory Photo Archives    The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands included the Micronesian archipelagoes of the Marshalls, Carolines and Marianas during the U.S. administrative period from 1947 to 1994. The archive contains over 52,000 photographs and visually document nearly 50 years of the U.S. administration’s programs in education, health, political and economic development.

Trust Territory Survey Maps    Scans from a collection of about 1,700 survey maps on microfiche. Many of the fiche are also surveyors notes (longitude/latitude etc.) that don't have an attached map with them. Surveyor notes and other related documents are found in eVols Land Maps of Trust Territory Districts and Government Structural Drawings.

University of Hawaii Masao Miyamoto Photographs    Miyamoto began his career as official University photographer in April 1936. In the course of the next forty-one years, he photographed and collected approximately 70,000 negatives of a wide variety of events and people associated with the University of Hawaii. The collection was placed in the Library Archives in 1991. Only a small sample of images have been digitized.

Videos Online    Since March 2009, Sinclair Library has been digitizing many of its older videos, focusing on those in the Hawaiian/Pacific and Asia collections. Digitized videos are now available online via links in the Voyager catalog. A UH username and password are necessary for accessing the videos. To search for all the streaming videos currently available, type Sinclair streaming into the Basic Search box. Refine your search by adding more specific terms if you are looking for videos on a certain subject.

War in the Pacific     Images are from several distinct art and photograph collections held in the Pacific Collection; cover several geographic regions and time periods to document several different facets of war in the Pacific, from the brutal and the tragic to the mundane day-to-day existence of life in a war zone.

XXth Century, Shanghai, 1941-1945    Published monthly beginning in October 1941 until its final issue in June 1945. PDF images of the articles are being linked to the index prepared by Eric Bott for University of Hawaii Professor John J. Stephan's seminar on Klaus Mehnert (editor-in-chief of the journal).

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Grant-related Information


GWLA (Greater Western Library Alliance) Opportunities fund grant to digitize historic book and journal materials related to water resources in Hawaii was awarded in September 2010. The Application [pdf] submitted by Jodie Mattos & Beth Tillinghast, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library includes the list of titles proposed for scanning.

Hawaii Digital Newspaper Program.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library in partnership with the Hawaii State Public Library System and the Hawaii State Archives will digitize (scan, convert to text, and mark-up) and submit to the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Project important English language newspapers that have historically provided statewide (and prior to annexation to the United States, country wide) coverage and which have had significant influence on the archipelago.
See also: Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project site for grant technical documents and progress reports.
National Digital Newspaper Project 2010-2012 Application
National Digital Newspaper Project 2008-2010 Application

Applications Submitted, but not Awarded:

National Digital Newspaper Project 2007-2009     This project proposes to digitize (image, convert to text, and mark-up) and submit to the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Project important English language newspapers that have historically provided statewide (and prior to annexation to the United States, country wide) coverage and which have had significant influence on the archipelago.

National Leadership Grant, Institute for Museum & Library Services 2007-2008     The University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) Library, in collaboration with the Hawai'i State Land Survey Division and the Hawai'i State Archives, proposes to digitize approximately 1,800 registered survey maps from a collection of slightly more than 3,000 during the one-year grant period, and make them publicly accessible on the web.

Previous Grant project applications and reports:

Institute for Museum & Library Services, 1998     "Project To Create and Expand Digital Databases for Three Collections in the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Libraries" In support of this aspect of the Library's Strategic Plan, three strong candidates for expanded digitization initiatives were identified. The project intent was to create a foundation for building a digital library of Hawaiian and Pacific resources and provide access to unique primary source materials.

Hawai’i Council for the Humanities    2001 - "Digitization for Preservation of an Important Hawaiian Language Newspaper - Ka Nupepa Kuokoa" and 2002 - "The Annexation Of Hawaii: A Collection Of Documents On The World Wide Web"

Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED)     Hawaiian Newspaper Image Delivery via Web and The Annexation Of Hawaii:A Collection Of Documents On The World Wide Web

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