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18529 digital objects.


Drawn primarily from the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology, this collection illuminates aspects of the vibrant cultures and diverse peoples of the Pacific Islands through 20th-century photographs, dissertations, and films. The Solomon Islands are exceptionally well-documented by the many images captured by anthropologists Roger Keesing and Harold Scheffler, along with early pictures taken by public health physician Sylvester Maxwell Lambert. Dissertations written in the context of anthropological fieldwork in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea are an important corpus for comparative research. Public health physician Sylvester Lambert's images recount the stories of his extensive travels in Papua New Guinea, Rennel and Bellona, Vanuatu, Tonga and many other locations in Oceania. The films of J. Edward Hoffmeister present scenes of village life in early 20th-century Fiji and Tonga. Digitized from originals held by the UC San Diego library.

Creation Date
  • 1919-1989

Some content in this collection may be moderated due to cultural sensitivity. Please refer to the UC San Diego Library’s Historical Context and Cultural Sensitivity Statement for more information.



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