Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Our collection for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific islands is an expansion of our Southeast Asia collections. Papua New Guinea, Marianas Islands, and Fiji receive particular attention within our overall basic collection for the region.
The collection covers indigenous languages of the Pacific Islands and aboriginal languages of Australia and New Zealand. It includes literature, history, and politics in the Pacific to support interest by the departments of History and American Culture.
We are one of only a few United States member institutions of the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, which gives us access to all of the Pacific Islands manuscripts through microfilms and digital formatting.
History of the collection
Growth of collections in this area began in the 1980s when the Australian government deposited a number of titles to the library.