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 manuscripts, 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 Special Collections & Archives, located in the Geisel Library building on the UC San Diego campus. Onsite use of the materials is open, subject to the SC&A 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 Special Collection & Archives 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 Special Collections & Archives. 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.