Sunday, March 21, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Hawai`i

This is the 12th post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Hawai`i State Archives Digital Collections - - Genealogical Indexes (marriages, divorces, probates, wills, and citizenship records, 1826-1929); Government Office Holders; Judiciary Records during the Hawaiian Kingdom; Land Index; Mahele Book (record of division of land between Kamehameha III, the chiefs and konohiki); Name Index, 1790-1950 (indexes to Foreign Office and Executive, Interior Department and Privacy Council records, books, newspapers, 1836-1950, and manuscripts); Passenger Manifests (to and from Hawai`i, 1843-1900); Tax Ledgers (1847-1900); Vital Statistics Collection (reports of births, marriages, and deaths, 1826-1929); and World War I Service Records (of Hawai`i residents)

Hawai`i State Public Library Newspaper Index -

Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library - - materials written in Hawaiian as well as books about Hawai`i written in English; these texts include both fiction and non-fiction. Atlases and gazetteers, interviews, city directories, dictionaries and grammars of the Hawaiian language, histories, geographies, Hawaiian arts and legends are featured here

Hawaiian Historical Society - - not a lot of online data, but does include Hawai`i History Moments (short essays); list of Hawai`i Political Leaders (monarchs, territorial and state governors, congressional representatives, and county mayors); and Significant Dates in the History of Hawai`i

Historic Hawaii Foundation - - list of historic sites


Brigham Young University (Hawai`i) Joseph F. Smith Library Archives and Special Collections - - Pacific Studies, campus photographs, interviews, Seabee images from Aamoa, Vanuatu, and Aotearoa/New Zealand during WWII; images of the Polynesian Cultural Center; images of the Laie Plantation; 1909-1911 images of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island; oral histories

Kapi'olani Community College Asia-Pacific Digital Library - - ethnobotany, weather patterns, stories of Hawai`i-born Nisei veterans of WWII, cross-strait directory, historic traditional stories

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Library - - scrapbooks; documents recording the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom and annexation of Hawai`i; Chaplain Hiro Higuchi Correspondence (one of two chaplains attached to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American unit formed in January 1943); Dakin Fire Insurance Maps (1891, 1899, 1906); Mānoa campus history; congressional papers, War Records Depository, U.S. Army Signal Corps photos; Hawaian Language newspapers; Hawaiian and Asian art; maps; slides; Russian Passport Album (passport applications for 165 people who wished to leave Hawai`i and return to Russia); videos, and much, much more!

University of Hawaii (West Oahu) Center for Labor Education and Research Digitization Project - - digitized images of the Honolulu Record from July 1, 1948 through July 3, 1958


Bishop Museum - - contains a wealth of Hawaiiana online, as well as the Hawaiian Language Newspaper index, maps, and other online collections

Friends of Molu`ula - - videos, photos, music

Hawaii Digital Library - - created by the Hagadone Printing Company to showcase magazines and other publications about Hawai`i, which can be viewed and downloaded

Honolulu County Genealogical Society - - includes links to online records

Kamehameha Schools Archives - - timelines, history, photos, manuscripts of Hawaii and of this preparatory school

Kaua`i Historical Society - - history, photos of historic sites

Maui Historical Society - - paintings, stories, properties registered with the State and National Registers of Historic Places

Pacific Tsunami Museum - - photos, stories, essays, and maps


Check out my Hawai`i Online Historical Directories and my Hawai`i Online Historical Newspapers pages.

1 comment:

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Oh, what a great list! Thanks so much for posting this, it's going to come in so handy!