The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau was established in 1968. Since its inception it has been based at the Australian National University with the support of an international consortium of libraries.
Geografische en culturele context
Mandaat/bronnen van bevoegdheid
The Bureau is overseen by a Management Committee which consists of three Pacific scholars, representatives of each of the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau's member libraries and a representative of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives (PARBICA).
The administration of the Bureau is carried out by an Executive Officer with the assistance of casual staff, volunteers and interns.
Records management and collecting policies
The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau was established in 1968 as a joint copying project. With the owner’s permission, the Bureau copies archives, manuscripts, photographs and rare published materials in or relating to the Pacific Islands. Particular emphasis is placed on preservation reformatting of material in private hands and/or at risk of loss or destruction from things such as poor storage, adverse climate and civil unrest so that material is preserved for future research. The Bureau originally copied material to microfilm which was then distributed to member libraries. Since 2014 digital capture technologies have replaced microfilm for new titles, which are now distributed to members via the online catalogue or by MARC export. The Bureau is currently supported by thirteen libraries that specialise in Pacific research.
The Bureau holds over 4,000 reels of microfilm and over 100,000 pages of new digital content. The collection includes letters, diaries, dictionaries, church mission records, newsletters, scientific papers, broadcast reports and posters, amongst other record types. Major holdings include:
American Whalers: New England Microfilming Project (NEMP), 18th/19th century (420 reels).
Catholic Church: Oceania Marist Province Archives (OMPA), 19th century (380 reels).
B Flores (ed). 1991 Complete Annotated Catalogue: PMB Printed Document Series Microforms PMB Doc. 1–400 Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau
Langdon, R. (ed). 1978. American Whalers and Traders in the Pacific: A guide to records on microfilm. Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau.
Langdon, R. (ed). 1979. Thar She Went: An interim index to the Pacific ports and islands visited by American whalers and traders in the 19th century, being a supplement to 'American Whalers and Traders in the Pacific: A guide to records on Microfilm. Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau.
Scott, G (ed), 1991. Complete Annotated Catalogue: PMB Manuscript Series Microfilms PMB I-1030 Canberra 1991: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau - Woodhouse, M. & Tryon G. 1984. Cumulative Index to the Pacific Islands Monthly, volumes 16 to 25, August 1945 to July 1955. [Edited by Robert Langdon]. Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau.