While access is limited to the Special Collections this online exhibition will provide a snap-shot of the themes within some of the individual Special Collections. Book covers and basic information can be viewed, and several of the books have additional links to can explore to gain further understanding of the book itself, the author, or the time period in which is was written.
Each month the books from different individual collection will be highlighted on this page. Collections will be:
The PNG and the Pacific collection aims to provide materials for researchers in the Asian and Pacific studies area. It is a historic collection, initially from the 1960s, and then expanded to include material from Pacific regions. In this collection there is material preferencing colonial-settler voices, rather than those of Indigenous experts and holders of cultural knowledge. Some of these books raise questions regarding how we hold such items in a way that is culturally respectful and sensitive to the people of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific
The Collection's strengths are: economics, development and trade, statistical data, governance and administration, language and linguistics, education, culture, society and history.
Themes explored this month are Language and Culture, Regional history, Social Structures, Community and Economic development, and Physical spaces and Places.
Links to information about this collection: