Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area

Date
[ca 1600-2008]
By
Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts BureauNew England Whaling Project
Ref
Micro-MS-Coll-08
Description

Journals, letters, memoirs and other papers of explorers, navigators, missionaries, botanists, nurses, doctors, teachers, businessmen, diplomats, whalers and the military who were active in the Pacific. Includes archives of Pacific nations and organisations and others having an influence there.

The largest group is the New England Whaling Project (420 reels).

An associated group, PMB Doc(uments) contains printed material; books, newspapers and periodicals and is held by, and accessed through, the Reference Section (440 reels).

Source of title - Supplied title

In 2014 the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau began creating digitised copies of Pacific collections, rather than microfilm, which are catalogued at ATL-Group-00169.

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau was established in April 1968 `to promote the preservation of unpublished documents of value relating to the Pacific Islands'. A non-profit making organisation, it is sponsored by four libraries specialising in Pacific research: the Mitchell Library, Sydney; the National Library of Australia, Canberra; the Library of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu and the National Library of New Zealand, represented by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Quantity: 2941 microfilm reel(s). 1 Linear Metres.

Physical Description: Mss (microfilm)

Finding Aids: Most of the collections have been catalogued separately. The extensive inventory comprises: short titles in PMB number order; an index of main entries and subjects and the main inventory comprising one descriptive sheet for each collection in PMB number order.

Published guides include: `American whalers and traders in the Pacific: a guide to records on microfilm' (Canberra: ANU, 1978) providing indexes of ships; captains/logkeepers; places visited; items located but not filmed; obsolete names to modern equivalents and vise versa and `Where the whalers went: an index to Pacific ports and islands visited by American whalers ... in the nineteenth century (Canberra: ANU, 1984) both edited by Robert Langdon.

The contents pages to the reel lists are online at http://rspas.anu.edu.au/pambu..

Transfers: To Book Collections - 24 Reels of printed material under the Doc prefix.

Access restrictions
No access restrictions
Format
2941 microfilm reel(s), 1 Linear Metres, Business records, Research notes, Manuscripts, Microfilms, Mss (microfilm)
There are 233 sub-groups.
There are 2,728 items in total.
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There are 2,728 items in this group.
Date: 1903-1939 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1070 Description: Diaries of Charles Banks Sep-Dec 1903, and of Charles Wigmore, owner of the Papua Plantation at Titikaveka 1918, 1920, 1923, 1925 and 1926; Te Akatauira/Guid...
Date: 1989 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1286 Description: Typescript of Paipelaten yia belong mi long Bougainville, 193 pp. in Tok Pisin with annotations by Fr Kevin Kerley in pencil. The autobiography covers 1935-1...
Date: 1942-1943, [ca 1970] From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1055 Description: 1 Secret report by Lieutenant K C Douglas RANVR on his coast watching activities, New Britain, and his experiences on evacuating to the New Guinea mainland ...
Date: 1942-1970 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1077 Description: Contains the `Genealogical book of the Royal Family of Abemama', and circular notices of the Japanese Dictrict Officer in the Gilberts 1942-1943, with transl...
Date: 1941-1943 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area By: Read, W J (Lieutenant), 1904- Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1245 Description: Following the winding up of civil administration in Bougainville in February 1942, Read, the only remaining government representative, was appointed Lieutena...
Date: 1930-1940 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1309 Description: Comprise Read's pre-World War II patrol reports in the Kokopo Sub-District, New Britain, 1930-1931; Ambunti, Sepik District 1932; Madang District 1933-1938; ...
Date: Dec 1938-Mar 1943, 1942-1978 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1106 Description: Diary 1938-1940 and 1941-1943; index to diary; `The Gizo scuttle' by Rev. J R Metcalfe; press cuttings; correspondence. Mainly concerns activities as a coast...
Date: 1947-1972 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-0629 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s). Finding Aids: Full description in inventory, also in "Complete annotated catalogue" (Canberra : PMB, 1991) which has an index.
Date: 1868-1949 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-0159 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s). Finding Aids: Full description in inventory, also "Complete annotated catalogue" (Canberra: PMB, 1991) which has an index. P...
Date: 3 Jun 1864-2 May 1866 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-0163 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s). Finding Aids: Full description in inventory, also "Complete annotated catalogue" (Canberra: PMB, 1991) which has an index. P...