First posted on December 22nd 2012, last revised on September 27th 2013






Literature on the History of the Pacific (Oceania)

Relevant Institutions : Digital Libraries :
Pacific Digital Library
National Library of Australia, Digital Collections; Project Gutenberg Australia, Australian History
Hawai'i Digital Library; University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library, Digital and Digitized Collections
FSM, Digital Micronesia
New Zealand Digital Library; New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
PACE (Papua Heritage Foundation) : Books and Documents
Gallica (French national digital library); Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Universitätsbibliothek, Sammlungen, click : Kolonialbibliothek
M. Davies, Australian Mining History Bibliography 1997

Relevant Institutions : Hemerotheques (Digital Newspaper Archives) :
Australian Newspapers Online 1803-1982
Search Papers Past (New Zealand Newspapers 1839-1920)
Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Program
Hawaiian Electronic Library, Historic Hawaiian Language Newspaper Collection 1834-1948

Relevant Institutions : Archives :
TANAP (Toward a New Age in Partnership in Dutch East India Company Archives and Research)
National Archives of Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawai'i, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand; Northern Mariana Islands
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Archives
National Archives of former Colonial Powers : Archives Nationales d'Outremer (France), Bundesarchiv (Germany), Nationaalarchief (NL), Archivo Historico Nacional, (Spain), National Archives (UK), National Archives and Record Administration (USA)
Vatican Secret Archives
Endangered Archives Programme: EAP005: Tuvalu National Archives preservation pilot project, EAP110: Phase II, EAP006: First Yap State Constitutional Convention audio tapes conversion project, EAP115: old music in pre-literate Micronesian society

Relevant Institutions : Academic Journals
Journal of the Polynesian Society 1892-1991
Pacific Studies, IA
Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 1979-
Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes, 1945-2009 online
The Contemporary Pacific 2000-2013
Archaeology & Physical Anthropology in Oceania 1966-1980


Reference Material : Bibliography :
The Scarecrow Historical Dictionary series by country contains extensive bibliography sections. See under Historical Dictionaries
University of Auckland, Pacific History Guide
ODSAS, Collection of Pacific Theses
Pacific History Journal Bibliographic Database
EH Net, Environmental History Resources, scroll down for Australia & Oceania; EH Net, Environmental History of the Pacific Islands : a Bibliography V. Tantet, Catalogue methodique de la bibliotheque du ministere des Colonies, 1905, Gallica


Reference Material : Atlases, Maps :
University of Texas, Perry Castaneda Library, Map Collection Topographical Maps, Pacific [!]
Muturzukin, Distribution of Languages in Oceania and Antarctica; Ethnomaps : Oceania; Ethnologue : Pacific
Virtual Library : Images of early maps on the web, 11. Australia, Oceania & Antarctica
Pacific Encounters : Pacific Maps, Historical and Contemporary
David Rumsey Map Collection, search for Oceania
Online Digital Sources and Annotation System (ODSAS), Historical Maps of Oceania

Reference Material : Statistical Data :
IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]
Jan Lahmeyer, Population Statistics : Oceania; has tables showing historical data

Reference Material : Historical Dictionaries :
Te Ara, Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Hawaiian Encyclopedia
Pacific War Online Encyclopedia
Solomon Islands Historic Encyclopedia, 1893-1978
C. Williams, The Missionary Gazetteer 1828, GB
Scarecrow Historical Dictionaries : Guam and Micronesia (1994), Australia (1992), Polynesia (2002) [G]

Reference Material : National Biographies :
Australian Dictionary of Biographies
G.H. Schofield, A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol.1 1940
Online Dictionary of New Zealand Biographies (part of Te Ara, Encyclopedia of New Zealand)

Reference Material : Lists of Rulers (Archontology)
Regnal Chronologies : Oceania
Ben Cahoon, World Statesmen


Primary Sources : surveys
Colonial Film, Moving Images of the British Empire

Primary Sources : compilations
PapuaWeb : Documents
PACE : Books and Documents

Primary Sources : explorers' travelogues
W.C. Schouten, The Relation of a Wonderfull Voiage Made by William Cornelison Schouten of Horne 1619, GB
Late Voyages & Discoveries to the South and North (contains Tasman account) 1694, GB
Dagverhaal der ontdekkings-reis van Mr. Jacob Roggeveen [1721-1722] 1838, in Dutch, GB
Captain Cook's Journal, First Voyage (1768-1771), Project Gutenberg

Primary Sources : yearbooks
GENERAL
Britannica Book of the Year 1913, 1942-1997, 1999, 2002 [G]; KMLA Library has vol. 1998, 2006
Statesman's Yearbook 1878, 1889, 1895, 1898, 1901-1902, 1904-1907, 1910, 1912, 1918, 1919, 1924-1926, 1928-1929, 1932-1933, 1937, 1942-1943, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1970-1971, 1973-1974, 1975-1976 to 1976-1977, 1978-1979 to 2011
Statesman's Yearbook 1867 IA, 1868 IA, 1869 IA, 1871 IA, 1872 IA, 1873 IA, 1874 IA, 1875 IA, 1876 IA, 1877 IA, 1878 IA, 1879 IA, 1880 IA, 1881 IA, 1882 IA, 1883 IA, 1884 IA, 1885 IA, 1886 IA, 1887 IA, 1888 IA, 1889 IA, 1890 IA, 1891 IA, 1892 IA, 1894 IA, 1895 IA, 1896 IA, 1899 IA, 1903 IA, 1913 IA, 1919 IA, 1921 IA
Americana Annual 1927-1928, 1930-1941, 1943-1947, 1950-1954, 1957-1981, 1983-1990, 1992-1995, 1997-1998, 2000-2002, 2005-2006, 2008
(New) International Yearbook 1898-1900, 1907-1910, 1913-1914, 1916-1926, 1928-1935, 1937-1946, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1961-1962 [G]; Internet Archive provides links to scans of volumes of 1925-1959
Yearbook on International Communist Affairs 1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1989 [G]
NATIONAL (Staatskalender)
Deutscher Kolonialatlas mit Jahrbuch (German Colonial Atlas with Yearbook), Protectorates in the Pacific section, in English translation 1905 pp.18-21, 1906 pp.18-22, 1907 pp.20-25, 1908 pp.20-24, 1909 pp.26-33, 1910 pp.27-34, 1913 pp.32-37, 1914 pp.37-41, 1918 pp.25-30, posted on psm-data
Imperial Japanese Government, Annual Report to the League of Nations on the Administration of the South Sea Islands Under Japanese Mandate 1925, IA
Imperial Japanese Government, League of Nations Report on the Japanese Mandate in Micronesia 1930, 1931, IA
Report on the Administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 1949, 1952; 1949, 1952, IA

Primary Sources : Mission Journals
Mission Periodicals Online, from Yale Univ. Library
Magazin für die neueste Geschichte der evangelischen Missions- und Bibelgesellschaften 1818, 1820, 1824, 1827, 1831, 1832, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1841, 1850, 1853, 1867 GB; 1818-1856 from Yale Univ. Library
Church Missionary Society (London), Missionary Register, GB; vol.11 1823, vol.12 1824, vol.14 1826, vol.16 1828, vol.17 1829, vol.20 1832, vol.30 1842, vol.36 1848, vol.38 1850
London Missionary Society, The Missionary Magazine and Chronicle, 1860, 1862, 1864-I, IA; 1848-1866 at Yale Univ. Library (full view)
Annales de la propagation de la foi 1834-1933, Gallica

Primary Sources : Historiography
F.M. de Marsy, Histoire moderne des Chinois, des Japonnois, des Indiens, des Persans, des Russes .. vol.6 (New Guinea etc.), 1758, GB
G. Sale et al., The Modern Part of a Universal History, 1759-1764 edition, vol.11, 1759 Book 14 : The History of the Commerce to, and the Settlements in, the East Indies, by the Several European Nations pp.1-272, Ch.12 : Terra Australis, or the History of the Southern Continent pp.273-553

Primary Sources : other
Our Pacific Ocean, Oceania Historical Pictures
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861-1960
P.S. Allen, Stewart's hand book of the Pacific islands; a reliable guide to all the inhabited islands of the Pacific Ocean, for traders, tourists and settlers 1919, IA
Internet Sacred Texts Archive, Pacific Islander Religions
Hawaiian Islands pp.412-414, Samoa pp.415-416 in : United States Bureau of Foreign Commerce, Labor in America, Asia, Africa, Australasia, and Polynesia 1885, IA
P&O Heritage Collection


Surveys
J.P. Barker, The Archaeology of Oceania, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems
S.G. Goodrich, A History of Asia and Oceanica 1850, IA
Viscount Bryce, The Book of history; a history of all nations from the earliest times to the present vol.3 : The Islands of the Pacific. Australasia. India, 1915, IA


Specific Topics : by period
R. Altamira, The share of Spain in the history of the Pacific ocean, c. 1917, IA
F. Rodao, Spanish expansion, 1675-1899, p.231 in B.V. Dal et al. (ed.), The Pacific Islands, an Encyclopedia, 2000

Specific Topics : Discovery and Navigation
M. Quanchi, J. Robson, Historical Dictionary of the European Exploration of the Pacific Ocean, Scarecrow Press 2005; historical introduction online
University of Otago, Charting the Land on the Ocean. Pacific Exploration, 1520-1876
J. Dunmore, The French Contribution to the Exploration of the Pacific in the Eighteenth Century 1961 thesis
J. Burney, A chronological history of the discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean, vol.1 1803, vol.2 1803, vol.3 1803, vol.4 1803, vol.5 1803, IA
Transpacific Project, An Online Resource Center on Transpacific Relations
Hawaiian Voyaging Traditions : In Search of the Ancient Polynesian Voyaging Canoe (1998), H.K. Kane

Specific Topics : economic history
J.D. Hague, On the phosphatic Guano Islands of the Pacific Ocean 1862, IA
W.C. Clarke et al., Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands
R.J.A.W. Lever, Whales and Whaling in the Western Pacific, South Pacific Bulletin 1964
The Economic History of Australia from 1788, Economic History of Hawai'i, An Economic History of New Zealand in the 19th and 20th Centuries, EH.net Encyclopedia

Specific Topics : environmental history
A. Anderson, Landscape Change and Settlement History in Remote Oceania, World Archaeology, Vol. 33, No. 3, Ancient Ecodisasters (Feb., 2002), pp. 375-390
R., L. and T. Griffiths, Environmental History of Australasia, Environment and History 10/4 2004 pp.439-474
R.N. Salvador, The Nuclear History of Micronesia and the Pacific, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 1999
Island Vulnerability : Pacific

Specific Topics : history of religion
J. Williams, A narrative of missionary enterprises in the South Sea Islands : with remarks upon the natural history of the islands, origin, languages, traditions, and usages of the inhabitants 1840, IA
J.B.F. Pompallier, Early History of the Catholic Church in Oceania, 1888, IA
J.M. Alexander, The islands of the Pacific : from the old to the new : a compendious sketch of missions in the Pacific 1895, IA
J.M. Alexander, The Islands of the Pacific 1908, IA
D. Hanlon, Converting Pasts and Presents: Reflections on Histories of Missionary Enterprises in the Pacific
Project Canterbury, Anglicanism in Oceania
Internet Sacred Text Archive, Pacific Islander Religion, links to online primary sources
Category : Religion in Oceania, Wikipedia
T. Smith, The origin and history of missions, vol.2 English Methodist Missionary Society, ch.IX : Mission in the South Seas pp.184-199, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, ch.VII Mission at the Sandwich Islands pp.312-341

Specific Topics : cultural history
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, Oceania 8000-2000 B.C., 2000-1000 B.C. 1000 B.C. - 1 A.D., 1-500 A.D. 500-1000 A.D., 1000-1400 A.D., 1400-1600 A.D., Australia 1600-1800 A.D., 1800-1900 A.D., 1900-present, Melanesia 1600-1800, 1800-1900, 1900-present, Polynesia 1600-1800, 1800-1900, 1900-present, Micronesia 1600-1800, 1800-1900, 1900-present
Heilbrunn Thematic Essays : Oceania/Pacific

Specific Topics : Geographic/Ethnographic Compendia, Oceania volumes
T.G. Smollett, The Present State of all Nations, vol.8 : Indian and Oriental Islands 1769, GB
C. Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, vol.3 : India and Oceania, 1822, GB
H. Murray et al., The Encyclopaedia of Geography, vol.3 : Africa, Australasia, America 1837, GB
E. Reclus, Universal Geography, The Earth and its Inhabitants, vol.14 : Australasia n.d., GB
J.S. Cooper, The islands of the Pacific; their peoples and their products 1888, IA
F.H.H. Guillemard, Malaysia and the Pacific Archipelagoes, vol.2 of Stanford's Compendium of Geography and Travel, 1894, IA
J.F. Chamberlain, Oceania. A supplementary geography, The Continents and their people, 1916, IA
T.J. McEvoy, Australia and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean 1918, IA
World Geography Encyclopedia, vol.5 : Oceania, 1994, KMLA Lib. Call Sign R 910.3 P238w v.5



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