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The Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology

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The Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, is comprised primarily of the personal papers of individual anthropologists, documenting research on the cultures of the southwest Pacific Islands. Included are manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, film and video, correspondence, and other supporting documentation.

Founded in the early 1980s by the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology professors, Donald F. Tuzin (1945-2007) and Fitz John Porter Poole (1941-2002), in partnership with the UC San Diego Library, early co-funding for the Archive was provided under the Title II-C program of the U.S. Department of Education, with additional funding from the Wenner-Grenn Foundation.

The Tuzin Archive, which includes over 300 linear feet of materials, is housed in the UC San Diego Library's Special Collections & Archives and located in the Geisel Library building on the campus. Onsite use of the materials is open, subject to their policies. A few collections have restricted access on certain items, at the request of the donor--these restrictions, if any, are noted in the relevant finding aid for each collection. Some collections are in off-site storage and may take up to one week to retrieve. Please contact Special Collections & Archives to arrange in advance.

The UC San Diego Library is continuing to digitize selected images and other media from the Tuzin Archive; currently over 10,000 objects may be viewed through the Digital Collections website.

The main collections which comprise the Tuzin Archive are listed alphabetically by author/s below, with links to records in the Library catalog. Most of the collections' catalog records include links to online finding aids. A separate listing of the collections, arranged geographically, is also available.


Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Curator of the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology

Akin, David

Audiorecordings, 1979-1997 (MSS 448). 206 audiocassettes, printed index. Primarily field recordings made during anthropological fieldwork with the Kwaio people, Malaita, Solomon Islands. In Kwaio or Pidgin.

Ashton, C.P.M. (Christopher Philip MacKenzie)

Audiorecordings, 1972-1975 (MSS 149). 23 audiocassettes. Radio interviews and documentaries made in Papua New Guinea (PNG) just prior to independence, by journalist Ashton. Notable interviewees include Margaret Mead and James Sinclair. Stored off-site at SRLF. Request one week in advance.

Ayres, Mary Clifton.

Papers, 1979-1981 (MSS 113). 1 linear foot. (1 box).
Field notes and tape recordings from ethnological research in the Morehead River Region, Western Province, PNG. Stored off-site at SRLF. Request one week in advance.

Bergmann, Wilhelm.

Vierzig jahre in Neuguinea. 10 volumes. Diaries, 1920-1970. Author was a Lutheran missionary in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Stored off-site at Annex. Request one working day in advance.

Die Kamanuku. 4 volumes. Unpublished typescript ethno­gra­phy of the Kamanuku people of Chimbu Province, PNG. Stored off-site at Annex. Request one working day in advance.

The Kamanuku. 4 volumes. Unpublished typscript ethnography, translated from German original. Stored off-site at Annex. Request one working day in advance.

Brown, Paula, 1925-2009

Papers, 1930-1990 (MSS 731). 5 linear ft. Unprocessed collection of fieldnotes, photographs, slides, and other research materials relating to author’s anthropological fieldwork in Simbu (Chimbu) Province, Papua New Guinea.

Bruce, James Stuart and Bruce, Stevey.

Papers, photographs, and videos, 1957-1980 (MSS 673). 2 linear feet. Photographs, videos, scrapbooks, audiorecordings, typscript essays, documenting the authors' trips to Papua (Indonesia), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, between 1957 and 1980.

Burridge, Kenelm

Papers, 1952-1956 (MSS 710). 2 linear ft. Unprocessed collection of fieldnotes, photographs, and other materials relating to Burridge’s work with the Tangu people of Madang Province, Papua New Guinea and his work in Malaya.

Chowning, Ann.

Fieldnotes and essays, 1966-1987 (MSS 242). 1 linear foot. Typescript fieldnotes relating to anthropological research, 1957-1968, with Sengseng & Kove people of West New Britain Province, and Molima people of Fergusson Island, Milne Bay Province. Unpublished conference papers also included. See also the papers of Jane Goodale for extensive correspondence with Chowning.

Colebatch, H. K. (Hal K.) and Colebatch, Peta.

Papers, 1967-1976 (MSS 040). 6.2 linear feet. Subject files and unpublished writings by others, documenting Papua New Guinea's transition to independence. Includes Hal Colebatch's diaries of 1968, describing election-related events in Western Highlands Province, as well as diaries of candidates in the election. Extensive series of writings of by others on PNG politics, social issues, & constitutional development. Stored off-site at SRLF. Request one week in advance.

Conrad, Robert J.

Papers, 1962-1990 (MSS 732). 2 linear ft. Unprocessed collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and other materials relating to linguistic research with the Arapesh and other languages of East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

Cook, Edwin A. and Pflanz-Cook, Susan.

Papers, 1966-1980 (MSS 187). 20 linear feet. Fieldnotes, journals, subject files, photographs, genealogy charts, maps, & audiorecordings documenting anthropological research with the Manga Narak-speaking people of Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

*Selected images and sound recordings from field research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea in 1961-1963 and 1971-1972 have been digitized. Requests for access to the sound recordings are facilitated through the Library's virtual reading room service.

Counts, Dorothy and Counts, David.

Papers, 1985 (MSS 576). 2.6 linear feet. Field journal (1985) and 16 mm film documenting ethnographic research with the Kaliai people, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.

Critchlow, Margaret.

Papers, 1980-2002 (MSS 794). 8.2 linear feet. Fieldwork journals, interviews, and research materials on the Republic of Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides), used in the writing of her books: Houses Far from Home: British Colonial Space in the New Hebrides, House-girls Remember: Domestic Workers in Vanuatu, and Deep Water: Development and Change in Pacific Village Fisheries.

Critchlow, Margaret and William Rodman.

Papers, 1969-1995 (MSS 795). 3 linear feet. Field and research materials, relating to their five research trips to the Republic of Vanuatu (formerly The New Hebrides) between 1969 and 1995. The focus of their research included law, politics, economics, family and kinship in Melanesia.

*Photographs from the collection have been digitized and capture scenery of Vanuatu and residents in their daily activities such as copra production as well as rituals, dance, and ceremonial exchange.

DuToit, Brian.

Research materials, 1961-62. Collection not yet cataloged or processed. 1 linear ft. Films, audiotapes, color slides, and other materials documenting anthropological research with the Gadsup people of the Arona River Valley, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Epstein, Arnold Leonard and Epstein, T. Scarlett.

Papers, 1949-1995 (MSS 022). 11.40 linear feet. Fieldnotes and other materials documenting anthropological fieldwork with the Tolai people of Matupit Island, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, the 1968 election in PNG, market studies, and research in Zambia in the 1950's. Book-length unpublished typescript by A.L. Epstein, Melanesian Masquerade: The Male Cult Among the Tolai of the Gazelle Peninsula -- access to this item is closed until at least 2018, pending review by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Fitzpatrick, Phil.

Papua and New Guinea patrol reports, 1968-1972 (MSS 181). 17 government patrol reports (some with maps) written by Fitzpatrick, for Western Highlands Province and Mt. Hagen area. Please see separate page for information about other patrol reports held at UC San Diego.

Forge, Anthony.

Papers, 1960-1990 (MSS 411). 25.30 linear feet, plus oversize materials. Fieldnotes, journals, subject notes, photographs, from Forge's fieldwork with the Abelam people, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 1958-1963. Correspondence, scholarly writings, photographs, audiorecordings, and films. Manuscripts of others, including a holograph journal by Gregory Bateson. 363 original paintings and drawings by Abelam artists, commissioned by Forge in 1962-1963, photographs of the paintings being created, notes on the motifs and myths associated with the paintings.

Fox, Charles Elliot.

Papers, ca. 1924 (MSS 018). 0.6 linear feet. Photostat copies of Fox's manuscript for a dictionary, grammar, and transcribed tales of the Arosi language of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands; a dictionary and grammar of the Lau language of Malaita. Stored off-site at SRLF. Request one week in advance.

Freeman, Derek.

Papers, 1940-2000 (MSS 522). 70.10 linear feet. Collection documenting Freeman’s research on the Polynesian culture of Samoa in the 40s and 60s, British social anthropology, psychoanalytical and ethological interests, studies and critiques of the Samoan field research of Margaret Mead. Original field notes and research instruments, an index to the fieldnotes, intellectual and personal correspondence.

Gajdusek, D. Carleton.

Journals, reprints, video recordings, 1954-1996 (MSS 421). 14 linear feet. Materials relating to Gajdusek’s career, particularly medical expeditions in Papua New Guinea and research on kuru disease among the Fore people. Some restrictions.

Goodale, Jane.

Papers. 1948-1997 (MSS 643). 15.7 linear feet. Materials pertaining to fieldwork with the Kaulong speaking people of West New Britain of PNG conducted in 1960s and 1970s. Fieldnotes, journals, subject notes, conference papers, ca. 9000 color slides, and audiorecordings of music. Extensive correspondence including letters to and from collaborator and co-author, Ann Chowning.

Hays, Terence.

Papers, 1956-2008 (MSS 706). 3 linear ft. Materials documenting author’s anthropological research with the Tairora-speaking Ndunba people of the Kainantu District, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Hoffmeister, J. Edward (John Edward).

Papers, 1925-1982 (MSS 231). 4 linear feet. Correspondence, field notebooks, diaries, films, lantern slides. Primarily documents geological research on coral reefs in Fiji and Tonga in the 1920s and 1930s. Also contains accounts and images of life in Tonga and Fiji.

*Films have been digitized and include scenes of daily village life and panoramic views of the islands he visited. Examples include native dancing, some forms of which involve highly stylized movements conducted completely from a seated position; a feast; the preparation of tapa cloth; different types of housing; a village rugby game; and mail delivery.

Keesing, Roger.

Papers, 1962-1993 (MSS 427). 36.70 linear feet. Collection documenting Keesing’s career, including extensive materials from his fieldwork from 1962-1989 with the Kwaio people, Malaita, Solomon Islands. Includes fieldnotes, journals, correspondence, photographs, audiorecordings, published writings, teaching materials, and writings of others. The papers reflect Keesing’s interest in Melanesian languages, kinship and social structure, traditional Kwaio religion, and cultural effects of colonialism. The collection also includes extensive unpublished writings of Kwaio people such as observational notes of Jonathan Fifi’i, books of genealogies and political writings. Photocopies of many of the Keesing field materials are also available for consultation at the Solomon Islands National Archive. A second set of the photocopies will also be made available in the near future on Malaita, at a small cultural center which is being established for Kwaio people.

*Selected images have been digitized and document village life, rituals such as bride price exchanges, material culture, dance, and other cultural topics.

Knauft, Bruce M. and Cantrell, Eileen M.

Papers, 1980-1985 (MSS 031). 0.6 linear feet.
Carbon copies of anthropological field notes concerning the Gebusi people of Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Knauft’s materials document the social structure and ethos of the Gebusi, with a special emphasis on witchcraft and spirit beliefs. Cantrell’s research documents climate, food availability and subsistence patterns. Some restrictions. Stored off-site at SRLF. Request one week in advance.

Lambert, Sylvester.

Papers, 1920-1942 (MSS 682). 5.9 linear feet. Manuscript drafts of reports, writings, photographs, and lantern slides related to Lambert's public health work conducted in the Pacific Islands for the Rockefeller Foundation.

*Selected images have been digitized during Lambert's extensive travels throughout Oceania between 1919 and 1939. There are many images of dance, social gatherings, indigenous and colonial architecture, canoes, Christian missions, and scenes of village life, as well as images relating to Lambert's medical work and the Fiji School of Medicine.

Lang, Ranier and Adrianne.

Papers, 1954-1978 (MSS 816). 27 linear feet. Research materials from their time in the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea. Ranier researched question-answer sequences in natural conversation, court cases, and doctor-patient interactions, the role of interpreters in PNG and national language policy. Adrianne Lang (now Bartell), researched psycholinguistics and language acquisition, specifically with Enga mothers interacting with their infants which she did while she was a lecturer at UPNG from 1972-1976.

Layard, John.

Papers, 1897‑1974, bulk 1940‑1970 (MSS 84). 48.8 linear feet. Includes many research materials and writings relating to his fieldwork in Vanuatu on the islands of Vao, Atchin, and Malekula, 1914-1915. An extensive unpublished typescript (written as part of a projected trilogy of which only the first volume, Stone Men of Malekula, was published) and Layard’s unpublished autobiography are included. Also of note are Vanuatu photographs and materials related to Layard’s career as a psychoanalyst.

Leavitt, Stephen Christopher.

Fieldnotes and recordings, 1984-1986 (MSS 027). 4.4 linear feet. Field materials from his research in the 1970s and 80s in the Louisiade Archipelago, on the island of Rossel (Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea).

Liep, John.

Papers, 1970-1989 (MSS 782). 3.6 linear feet. Ethnographic fieldnotes and 177 cassette audiorecordings documenting research with the Bumbita Arapesh people of East Sepik Province, PNG.

Lindstrom, Lamont, James Gwero, et al.

Transcripts of oral history interviews, World War II experiences in Vanuatu. In process. 1 linear foot.
Typescript transcripts of interviews with ni-Vanuatu people, regarding World War II. These interviews were the basis for the 1998 book, “Big Wok, Storian blong Wol Wo Tu long Vanuatu” (edited by Lamont Lindstrom and James Gwero). Primarily in Bislama language. For more information, please contact the Melanesian Studies Librarian.

Loeweke, Eunice; May, Jean

Papers, 1935-2011 (bulk 1961-1993) (MSS 433). 8.2 linear ft. Collection includes photographs, color slides, films, audiotapes, correspondence, and other materials documenting the authors' experiences in Papua New Guinea from the early 1960s through the 1980s. Authors were linguists, primarily engaged with Bible translation work with the Fasu people of the Lake Kutubu area, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Melanesia Archive Manuscript Collection.

Miscellaneous manuscript collection (MSS 181). 7.1 linear feet. (16 archives boxes). Original manuscripts, typescripts, and other documentary materials concerning Melanesia. Materials are written in English and, to a lesser extent, Dutch, French and German. Although mostly anthropological, it includes materials on education, linguistics, politics, economics, and medicine.

Morren, George E.B.

Papers, 1950-2011 (MSS 802). 13 linear feet. Field research papers, professional correspondence, and writings from his investigations in human and environmental change in Papua New Guinea. Morren was among the first to use remote sensing satellite technology for field research.

New Guinea Micro-Evolution Project

Papers, 1959-1994 (MSS 436). 0.2 linear feet. Reports, meeting minutes, working papers, and conference papers related to the project examining languages, cultures, psychological traits, racial characteristics, and ecological adaptations of the native populations in Gadsup, Tairora, Auyana, and Awa. Also included are papers written for an American Anthropological Association conference session looking back at the study and impact on the discipline.

New Guinea Religions Cross-Cultural Files

New Guinea Religions Cross-Cultural files. Watson, James B. and Read, Kenneth E. (MSS 424). 12 linear feet.

Excerpts from pre-1961 publications written by a variety of authors. Publications concerning traditional religious practices in New Guinea. Arranged by ethnolinguistic group, and subarranged by codes from the Outline of Cultural Materials. Cultures include: Arapesh, Buka, Busama, Dobu, Gururumba, Iatmul, Keraki, Kiwai, Kuma, Kutubu, Manam, Orokaiva, Orokolo (Lemea), Tanga, Waropen, and Wogeo.

Newman, Philip L.

Papers, 1956-1994 (MSS 705). 14 linear ft. Unprocessed collection, including fieldnotes, photographs, slides, audiorecordings, and other materials documenting anthropological research with the Gururumba and Awa peoples of Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Norwood, Hugh.

Port Moresby research materials, 1971-1979 (MSS 169). 6.7 linear feet.
Aerial photographs, notes, maps, and survey forms documenting urban growth in communities in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and used in the production of the book Port Moresby urban villages and squatter areas. Accession M-2006.012 contains 1 linear foot. of additional aerial photographs. Stored off-site at SRLF. Request one week in advance.

O’Brien, Denise.

Papers, 1961-1996 (MSS 717). 11 linear ft. Unprocessed collection of fieldnotes, photographs, audio recordings, correspondence, and other materials documenting anthropological research with the Dani people of what is now Papua, Indonesia.

Pflanz-Cook, Susan (see Cook, Edwin)

Rappaport, Roy A.

Papers, 1961-1985 (MSS 516). 13.5 linear feet.
Fieldnotes, linguistic materials, photographs and audiorecordings documenting fieldwork with the Tsembaga Maring people of Madang Province, PNG, 1962-1963, and 1981-1982. Collection also includes some Maring linguistic materials collected by Ann Rappaport. Correspondence, writings of others, and subject background files also included.

*Selected images and sound recordings from this collection have been digitized documenting research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, where he studied the social life, rituals and ecology of the Maring-speaking people, particularly those belonging to the Tsembaga clan cluster living in the Simbai Valley of Madang Province. Requests for access to the sound recordings are facilitated through the Library's virtual reading room service.

Read, Kenneth E.

Papers, ca. 1950-1980s (MSS 434). 0.2 linear feet.
Typescript articles and essays based on his field work among the Gahuku-Gama people of Goroka District of the Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea in the 1950s. Also included are three papers written by patrol officers, during training, at the Australian School of Pacific Administration as part of classes taught by Read.

Roheim, Geza.

Papers, ca. 1929-ca. 1953 (MSS 046). 0.8 cubic feet.
Drafts of writings and research materials, including transcriptions of dreams and stories of Indigenous Australians, and a notebook containing a vocabulary of the Duau language of Normandy Island, PNG. Additional materials based on work with Navajo in Arizona. The collection probably comprises only a small fraction of the papers Roheim created. Most materials are in English.

Romanucci-Ross, Lola.

Papers, 1958-1999 (MSS 733). 5.4 linear ft. Correspondence; field notes and diary accounts from her research in Papua New Guinea, rural Mexico, and her mother's home town, Ascoli Piceno, Italy. She was a long-time friend and collaborator of Margaret Mead, having done fieldwork with her in Manus, and later worked with her then-husband Theodore Schwartz on a team of social science researchers under the guidance of Erich Fromm in rural Mexico.

Ross, Harold.

Papers, 1966-1981 (MSS 733). 5 linear ft. Unprocessed collection of fieldnotes, photographs, audio recordings, correspondence and other materials documenting anthropological research with the Baegu people of Malaita, Solomon Islands.

Scheffler, Harold W.

Papers, 1926-1981 (MSS 481). 6.90 linear feet. Correspondence, diaries, fieldnotes, genealogies, photographs, and audiorecordings documenting anthropological research in Solomon Islands, particularly among Varisi people of Choiseul Island between 1958-1961, Baniata people of Rendova Island in 1967-1968, as well as Simbo Islanders in 1960. Also includes linguistic materials on the Varisi and Baniata languages, and writings by others. The latter includes, notably, a handwritten copy of Bernard Deacon’s fieldnotes about Malekula.

*Selected images and sound recordings from this collection have been digitized. Requests for access to the sound recordings are facilitated through the Library's virtual reading room service.

Stewart, Pamela (see Strathern, Andrew)

Strathern, Andrew.

Photographs and Audiorecordings, 1967-1984 (MSS 477). 0.4 linear feet.
Photographs taken among the Melpa-speaking people of Hagen, Papua New Guinea and photographs and audiorecordings of the Wiru-speaking people of Pangia, Papua New Guinea. Additional materials available online at the University of Pittsburgh website:

Townsend, Patricia.

Traditional Birth Attendants in Papua New Guinea: Project Materials, 1980-1991 (MSS 442). 0.8 linear feet.
Survey form responses, correspondence, and report drafts for the Papua New Guinea Institute of Applied Social and Economic Research (IASER) project entitled "Survey of Traditional Birth Attendants in Papua New Guinea." Also included are prepublication articles and papers by anthropologists and researchers.

Tuzin, Donald.

Papers, 1969-2007 (MSS 690). 35 linear feet. In process.

Black-and-white photoprints, color slides, reel-to-reel audiorecordings, field notebooks, notes, and reprints of others related to research conducted with the Arapesh in the Papua New Guinea village of Ilahita.

Vanuatu Oral Histories of World War II.

Oral Histories, 1987- ca. 2006 (MSS 435). 0.4 linear feet.

Transcripts of interviews with Vanuatu men and women who experience the war. The bulk of these transcripts are in Bislama, and describe topics such as the arrival of the US fleet, black soldiers, and the effects of war on wages.