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UH eVols collection is a feast for the mind

December 26th, 2013 · 4 Comments

If you’ve never browed the University of Hawaii’s eVols digital collection, you really should treat yourself and check out the many fascinating things now available online. It’s a magic library with a growing number of great things.

What is eVols?

eVols is an open-access, digital institutional repository for the University of Hawaii community and researchers around the world. The repository is a database with a set of services to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute information in digital format.

eVols at the University of Hawai at Manoa

eVols is maintained by the UHM Library, under the coordination of Desktop Network Services.

The repository will provide a home for material which the Library or the University digitizes as part of grant projects and digital library program initiatives. It will provide a permanent web location for those accessing these resources. It also has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve these digital materials.

These materials will potentially include scholarly communications (articles and pre-prints), theses, dissertations, technical reports. Other textual material may include different formats such as multimedia clips, interactive teaching programs, data sets, and databases.

So what’s there? How about the “The Puka Puka Parade,” the newsletter of the 100th Infantry Battalion’s Club 100, apparently including everything from April 1946 to the present. There’s a collection of newspapers published in English in Hawaii from 1862 to 1923. This includes Star-Bulletin’s from early years, beginning with the paper’s first edition in 1912. I’m not sure how many years are now included in the collection. There are also a number of smaller publications published during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Or how about Mid-Pacific Magazine, “the official organ of what was originally called the ‘Hands-Around-the-Pacific’ club, which later became known as the Pan-Pacific Union.” What appears to be all the back issues of the Hawaiian Journal of History, published by the Hawaiian Historical Society, are reproduced in full, along with the society’s annual reports and occasional papers.

There’s lots of other stuff as well, from science to a document collection on geothermal energy. You can broswe the collections here, or just browse by subject.

A feast if you’ve got a yen for history.

Tags: History

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Constantinos S. Papacostas // Dec 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Yes, eVol is a real treasure trough.

    For digitized and fully searchable newspapers from 1836 to 1922, including many Hawaii papers, I also recommend Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” at

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

  • 2 Martha // Dec 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the plug! Scholarspace is our companion repository to eVols – we *love* hearing about ways our collections are used. Mahalo

  • 3 Lopaka43 // Dec 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for bringing this resource to our attention, Ian! Very interesting!

  • 4 chris // Dec 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Mid Pacific Magazine is a real treasure of art and history. I’m so happy it is digitalized now! They don’t make magazines like that any more.

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