Melanesian Studies/Pacific Island Studies

Collection Statement

The UCSD Libraries have very large collections of published and unpublished materials on the people and cultures of the Pacific Islands. The collections are particularly strong for materials relating to the southwestern Pacific Islands or Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya-West Papua, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Torres Strait Islands. In addition to serving the research and instructional needs of UCSD faculty and students, particularly in the Department of Anthropology, the collections are also intended to be of use to the international scholarly community. The subject focus is anthropology, but supporting materials are held in a wide variety of fields including archaeology, history, politics, religion, literature, the arts, economics, education, linguistics, medicine, and the natural sciences. Original manuscript materials, collectively known as the Melanesian Archive, are primarily field research materials from individual anthropologists who have worked in the region. Melanesian Archive collections are housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The collections also include large microform sets of archival materials -- of these the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau microfilms and the government patrol reports from Papua New Guinea are particularly important. Other collections at UCSD with important holdings of Pacific Islands-related materials include the Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, and non-Melanesian manuscript collections such as the Derek Freeman papers.

Primary Library of Congress Call Numbers

Note: Under the Library of Congress classification system (used at UCSD), the major call number for Melanesian Studies is DU, however materials are scattered across many different call numbers, some found in other libraries at UCSD (e.g. the Art and Architecture Library). The information below is meant to convey only a general idea of where the collection will be found. For specific call numbers, please check the online catalogs (Roger and/or Melvyl).

DU History. General works. Travel.
GN Anthropology


Key Resources for Melanesian Studies


Contact Information

Kathryn Creely
Melanesian Studies Librarian
Social Sciences & Humanities Library
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175R
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone (858) 534-2029
Fax (858) 534-7548
kcreely@ucsd.edu