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Primary Sources

Special thanks to The Hawaii Council for the Humanities for compiling these sources.


Don't just head to Google to check for information. Access library catalogs and these other websites first from a computer to see what type of sources and items are offered.


History Day Student Resources

Our Documents - Look at 100 Milestone Documents

Digital History

Library of Congress

UH Manoa Hamilton Library

Finding Primary Sources - complied by California State University

Awesome Stories - Log in under "Academic Members" User ID is kailua password is: kailua

Eyewitness to History Oral History

Chronicling America - Historic Newspapers

Hawaii Council for Humanities - Student Toolkit

Hawaiian Internet Resources

Kailua Intermediate School's library catalog
A great source for beginning your research. Packed with secondary books, reference books, magazines, and online sources. Search our School Library Online Catalog from any Internet accessible computer on campus. With password information access, Ebsco Databases for thousands of full-text documents including magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, primary source documents and much more. In addition, the Electric Library, another excellent source for a wide variety of full-text documents, maps and pictures for History Day. Check with the library or your teacher for our school user ID and password

Hawai'i State Public Library System Main library: 478 South King St. Honolulu 586-3500
This is a guide to the services and collections in Hawai`i's public libraries. You can obtain a listing of the 50 libraries in the Hawaii State Public Library System as well as their hours, addresses and phone numbers, collection strengths, and programs. Click on the link Hawaii State Public Library System's Catalog to access its complete catalog. Students can request most materials online for delivery to public library in home area.

Kailua Public Library 239 Kuulei Road, Kailua, Hawaii 266-9911Another source for the basics and Internet access. Materials from other libraries can be sent to and dropped off at this library.

University of Hawai'i Libraries
Voyager is an integrated catalog of library materials for the nine campuses of the University of Hawaii, plus the UH Richardson School of Law Library, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine Library Resource Center, UH Business Research Library (Kihei, Maui), and University Center at West Hawaii Library. This "shared database" allows searchers to locate materials in all these libraries with one search and without having to search each library database separately. The Hawaii State Archives can be accessed through this site.

Hawai'i State A rchives
Iolani Palace Grounds, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
(808) 586-0329. Fax: 586-0330.

Archives of the government of Hawaii (1790 to date), private papers of Hawaiian royalty and government officials, photos. Founded 1905. Over 10,000 cu. ft. of holdings.
Open 9 am-4 pm, Mon.-Fri.

Bishop Museum Archives (1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96817) 848-4182. Fax: 847-8241.
Open noon-3 pm Tues.-Fri.; 9 am-noon Sat.
Primary source collection documenting cultural and natural history in the Pacific. Collection of manuscripts and museum records include: personal 19th-century materials from Hawaiian royal family collections; museum-generated records of scientific research, plantation, and corporate records of major sugar companies in Hawaii; genealogies; Hawaiian-language materials. Published and manuscript maps of the Pacific. Audio collection of both commercial and field recordings. 1,000,000 photographic images. 900 titles of motion picture films. About 250 oils on canvas, and 4,000 works of art on paper. Institution and records collection founded 1889.

Hawaii Plantation Village
94-695 Waipahu St., Waipahu, Hawaii 96797.
(808) 677-0110. Fax: 676-6727.

Plantation history from 1830s to 1950s on all islands, especially the Oahu Sugar Records. Includes documents, photographs, correspondence, birth and death certificates, medical records, employee ledgers, scientific testings, daily routines relating to plantation lifestyle, artifacts such as domestic implements, etc. Research by appointment only.
Open 9 am-4:30 pm, Mon.-Fri.; 10 am-4:30 pm Sat.

Hawaiian Historical Society
560 Kawaiahao St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
(808) 537-6271. Fax (during office hours only): 537-6271.

Extensive collection of 19th-century materials on Hawaiian Islands In general. 48 lin. ft. of manuscripts and Society records, 10,000 photographs, 12,000 books, maps, newspapers, and microforms. Institution and collection founded 1892. Public area shared with Hawaiian Mission Children's Society.
Open 10 am-4 pm, Mon.-Fri.

Hawaiian Mission Children's Society Library
553 So. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
(808) 531-0481. Fax: 545-2280.

Records, personal journals, letters, and photos of early 19th-century Congregational missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands; archives of the Congregational Church in the Pacific, including Hawaiian church records. 250 hn. ft of manuscripts; 12,000 books and pamphlets: photos; newspapers; microfilm, art on paper. Institution founded in 1852, collection 1922.
Open 10 am-4 pm, Tues.-Fri.
Email: mhm@lava.net.

Iolani School Archives, Upper School Library
563 Kamoku St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96826.
(808) 943-2336. Fax: 943-2297.

144 lin. ft. of school publications, photographic and multimedia images, artifacts, institutional records and manuscript collections on the history of Iolani School, primarily since 1924. Appointment recommended.
Open afternoons, Mon.-Fri.
Email: archives@iolani.honolulu.hi.us.


Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
2454 So. Beretania St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96826.
(808) 945-7633. Fax: 944-1123.

Records, oral histories and correspondence of the Japanese experience in Hawaii including both published and original source material (1850s to present) in Japanese and English. Collections include poet/joumalist Otokichi Ozaki Collection (a.k.a. Muin); the North Manoa Farmers Association; Dr. Iga Mori (1933 to 1951)--personal diaries, medical journals, Japanese internment during World War II, etc.
Open 10 am-4 pm, Wed.-Fri.; Sat. by appointment.
Email: jcch@lava.net.

Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Archives, Midkiff Learning Center (249 Konia Circle, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817) 842-8945. Fax: 842-8660. Open 7:30 am-4 pm, Mon.-Fri.
Primarily school publications and photos; published materials concerning the school and Bishop Estate; papers of Frank Midkiff, Donald Mitchell, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Institution founded in 1887, archives established 1992. Research by appointment only.

Kawaiahao Church Archives
957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
(808) 522-1333. Fax: 522-1341.

Correspondence, photographs, and administrative church records (1825 to late 1980s) focusing on baptismal, membership, marriage and death records. Collection available by special arrangement only; please call in advance.

Makiki Christian Church--The Rev. Dr. Theodore T. Ogoshi Memorial Archives
829 Pensacola St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.
(808) 594-6446. Fax: 594-8918.

Church records generated by committees of the church (minutes, agenda, reports), by the officers (trustees, council), and by the ministers (sermons). Membership records (baptism, marriages, deaths, date of church membership). Correspondence of founding pastor; early photos of church and clergy. Church established in 1904, collection 1994, Research by appointment.
Open 9 am-noon, Tues.

Marianist Province of the Pacific Archives, Marianist Center of Hawaii
3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.
(808) 739-4738. Fax: 739-4853.

183 cu. ft. of materials focusing on the history of St. Louis College, the second oldest private school in Hawaii. Photos, unpublished annals of the school, etc. Institution founded In 1846, archives 1976. Access to collection by appointment with Marianist Center Administrator.

Palama Settlement Archives
810 No. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.
(808) 845-3945. Fax: 847-2873.

Over 78 lin. ft. of records, photos, oral histories and studies of social services, medical department, preschool, music school, recreation department and camps. Institution founded in 1896, archives founded 1993.
Open by appointment.

Punahou School Archives
Cooke Library
1601 Punahou St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.
(808) 943-3225. Fax: 944-5766.

105 lin. ft. of institutional archives of the oldest private school in Hawaii. Institution founded in 1841, archives 1966. Collection available by special arrangement.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
1184 Bishop St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
(808) 533-1791. Fax: 521-8428.

Some Parish and Diocesan records of church ministry in Hawaii since the early 19th century. Institution founded in 1828; no date for accumulated historical records collection. Access by permission of the Office of the Chancellor.

Sisters of the Sacred Hearts Archives, Pacific Province
1120 5th Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.
(808) 737-5822. Fax: 735-0878.
Archival materials pertinent to the history, ministries, and members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of Perpetual Adoration in Hawaii, California and Asia. Institution and first school founded in Hawaii in 1859. Collection includes letters, programs, photographs, artifacts, and historical documents of the Sisters in Honolulu and related corporations: St. Anthony Retreat Center (a.k.a. Kalihi Orphanage and St. Anthony's Home, founded 1909); Sacred Hearts Academy (founded 1909); and other Asian missions. Access by appointment only.

Tropic Lightning Museum
Directorate of Community Activities,
USAG-HI, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857.
(808) 655-0438. Fax: 655-8301.
20,000 photos and 16 lin. ft. governmental documents pertaining to the history of Schofield Barracks (1909 to date) and the 25th Infantry Division (1941 to date). Correspondence and oral histories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Access by appointment only.
Email: troplight1@juno.com.

United States Army Museum of Hawaii
Museum Activity, STOP 319
Directorate of Community Activities, CRD, USAG-HI (APVG-GAR-LM)
Ft. Shafter, Hawaii 96858-5000.
(808) 438-2822. Fax: 438-2819.

Records, maps, diaries, correspondence, memorabilia, artifacts and weapons documenting activities of the U.S. Army in the Pacific. More than 10,000 photographs. Appointment preferred.
Open 8 am-4:30 pm, Sun.-Thurs.
Email: usamhawaii@juno.com.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Archives
Sinclair & Hamilton Libraries, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.
(808) 956-8264. Fax: 956-5968.

Records of university administration, particularly the offices of the Chancellor of Manoa and of the president; records of schools, colleges and research institutes, especially the Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory; faculty papers; and photographs and other items of university history. Also contains some non-university-related manuscript collections. University established in 1907; archives 1968. Finding aids available in Archives and Special Collections reading rooms. Irregular hours, advance appointment necessary.
Email: speccoll@hawaii.edu.

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Special Collections
Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.
(808) 956-8264. Fax: 956-5968.
Open 9 am-5 pm, Mon.-Thurs.; 9 am-4:45 pm, Fri.; 1 pm-5 pm, Sun. (during school sessions).
Email: speccoll@hawaii.edu.

Jean Charlot Collection -- Documents and artwork relating to the life and work of scholar and artist Jean Charlot (1898-1979). Also includes materials on other artists in Hawaii, most notably Juliette May Fraser, David Asherman, and Ben Norris. Collection established in 1983. Open weekdays only; appointment preferred.
Hawaii War Records Depository -- Manuscripts, maps, ephemera and photographs of Hawaii during World War II with materials on Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Asian and European theaters. Card catalog available in Special Collections reading room. Materials available weekdays only, 24 hours after request form turned in.
Hawaiian Collection -- Letters, diaries, notebooks, and other materials of sugar planters, scientists, government officials, travelers and authors who visited Hawaii. Oral histories, Hawaiian sheet music, microfilmed newspapers. Documents of Hawaiian kingdom, provisional government, republic, territory, and state and county governments. Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association Plantation Archives. Archives of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company/Dole Corporation. Audiovisual materials and maps. Institution founded in 1907: collection 1927.

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, National Park Service (1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.) 422-2771, x136, historian. Fax: 483-8608.
Materials reflecting the events leading to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor; the attack proper; and subsequent events and salvage operations. Reference library available. Museum and records collection founded in 1980. Operated by National Park Service.
Open for research by appointment 9 am-2 pm, Mon.-Fri.

U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park 11 Arizona Memorial Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.
(808) 423-1341. Fax: 422-5201.
Submarine artifacts and documents memorializing the 52 submarines and more than 3,500 submariners lost during World War II in the "Silent Service." Photographs, diaries, World War II patrol reports and administrative files from 1900.
Open for research by appointment 8:15 am-4:45 pm, Mon.-Fri.
Email: info@bowfin.org.
URL: http://www.bowfin.org.

 

 

 

 
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