The Pacific Collection has completed a new online photograph database. The Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection spans the years 1950 through 1972, during which time Dr. Tobin, a renowned anthropologist, was living and working in the Marshall Islands. The date range covered by these images was one of major change for the Marshalls, beginning not long after the outset of nuclear testing (1946) in the region and ending not long before the establishment of the Republic of the Marshall Islands as an independent nation (1979). The 1,933 images in this collection also enhance the Library's online collection Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak, which documents roughly the same period as witnessed by Dr. Robert Kiste and Dr. Leonard Mason. (Tobin initially went to the Marshall Islands in 1950 as a student of Len Mason, and all three had longstanding ties to the University of Hawai'i.)
The digitization work was funded by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies’ Title VI National Resource Center grant, and was greatly aided by the Library's Desktop Networking Services department.