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Melanesian Archive Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection
MSS 0181  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Historical Background
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Restrictions

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Melanesian Archive Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0181
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Languages: English
    Physical Description: 8.8 Linear feet (22 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1900 - 1996
    Abstract: This collection contains single manuscripts, typescripts and other materials which have been given to the Melanesian Archive since 1982. It includes many conference papers and other unpublished reports, most concerning anthropological topics. The geographic scope of the collection includes Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji. A majority of the materials are on Papua New Guinea.
    Creator: University of California, San Diego. Melanesian Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Accession Processed in 1994
    The collection contains original manuscripts, typescripts, and other documentary materials concerning the Melanesia area. Some of the materials are in non-English languages including Dutch, French, and German. Many materials concern anthropology, particularly the ethnology of the region, but also included are works on related topics such as education, linguistics, and history. While the emphasis is on Papua New Guinea, the collection also includes materials on Irian Jaya, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji.
    Accessions Processed in May 1996
    Drafts and typescripts of miscellaneous essays about Melanesia arranged alphabetically by name of author.
    Accession Processed in July 1996
    Photocopies of typescripts, one bound and annotated.
    Accession Processed in 2016
    Typescript copies of essays about Melanesia arranged by last name of author.

    Historical Background

    The Melanesian Archive was started in 1982 by Donald Tuzin and Fitz John Poole, both faculty members of the Department of Anthropology at UCSD. The Archive is dedicated to the collection, preservation, dissemination, and repatriation of unpublished materials on all aspects of Melanesian society, culture, linguistics, and history.
    Original funding for the Melanesian Archive was provided by the U.S. Dept. of Education, under Title II-C of the Higher Education Act. Current funding is provided by the UCSD Library and campus administration. Additional funding has been supplied by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
    The Melanesian Archive's collections have been and continue to be built primarily through direct solicitation and gifts of materials from Melanesian scholars. Authors are urged to give copies of their unpublished works to the archive and, if possible, to grant open access to their works and permission to make copies.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creators of the manuscripts.

    Preferred Citation

    Melanesian Archive Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, MSS 181. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1994, 1996.


    Some restrictions apply. Please see individual titles.

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