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. Formats in the component collections include manscripts, photographs, sound recordings, film and video, correspondence, and other supporting documentation. Online finding aids are available for most collections, linked from the catalog record.
The Tuzin Archive, which includes over 300 linear feet of materials, is housed in the Mandeville Special Collections, located in the Geisel Library building on the UC San Diego campus. Onsite use of the materials is open, subject to the MSCL 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 the Mandeville Special Collection Library to request this in advance.
The Tuzin Archive was founded in 1982 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. From its founding until 2012, the collection was known as the Melanesian Archive. In April 2012 a new name, the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology, was adopted.
The main collections which comprise the Tuzin Archive are listed in this guide, with links to records in the UCSD Libraries catalog. A few other collections, which aren't part of the Tuzin Archive but which are of interest to Pacific Studies scholars, are also listed. Many other collections with Pacific content will be found in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives.
Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Curator, Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology
Most of the collections listed here may be consulted in the Mandeville Special Collections Library. Please note that some few collections are housed off-site and must be requested in advance. A few of the collections (Forge, Hoffmeister) are not, strictly speaking, part of the Tuzin Archive, but are listed here in the interests of drawing attention to original manuscript materials which pertain to the Pacific.
Digitized Photographs from the Roger Keesing papers. 3869 of the black and white negatives and color slides in this collection have been digitized. Most may be viewed online through the UCSD Libraries' Digital Library Collections. The photographs may also be viewed through the finding aid for the collection in the Online Archive of California. About 900 of the digitized images are not available online, having been restricted for reasons of cultural sensitivities.
Digitized Photographs from the Sylvester Lambert papers. 1389 of the photographs (and lantern slides) in this collection have been digitzed and may be viewed online through the UCSD Libraries’ Digital Library Collections. The images may also be viewed through the finding aid for the collection in the Online Archive of California. About 30 of the images are not openly available, having been restricted for reasons of cultural sensitivity.
Digitized photographs from the Harold W. Scheffler Papers. 1370 of the photographs in this collection have been digitzed. They may be viewed online through the UCSD Libraries’ Digital Library Collections. The images may also be viewed through the finding aid for the collection in the Online Archive of California.