Welcome to the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau catalogue

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau copies archives, manuscripts and rare printed material relating to the Pacific Islands. The aim of the Bureau is to help with long-term preservation of the documentary heritage of the Pacific Islands and to make it accessible.

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau collection is the most extensive collection of non-government primary documentation on the Pacific Islands available to researchers.

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau is a non-profit organisation sponsored by an international consortium of libraries specialising in Pacific research. Anyone with Internet access can search the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau catalogue, however only customers of member libraries can access the full text digital collections (.jpgs of images and .pdfs of manuscripts) in the database.

Access to member libraries is by IP authentication. If you can not access one of these libraries in person, please contact the Bureau pambu@anu.edu.au.

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau has a number of finding aids to assist you with your research.