Pacific Collection librarian Eleanor Kleiber recently finished processing the Jack Tobin Papers, and they are now available for public use. Jack Adair Tobin, Ph.D. (June 15, 1920-June 18, 2010) was an anthropologist who worked in the Marshall Islands, beginning in 1950. This manuscript collection, which comprises roughly six linear feet of material and covers the bulk of Dr. Tobin's professional life, is extremely important in that it contains primary source documentation of numerous aspects of Marshallese life during a period of intense change.
In addition to the physical materials in the collection, nearly 2,000 photographs have also been digitized and are available online. A finding aid for the collection is also available online.
The Jack Tobin Collection is one of more than 60 Pacific manuscript collections -- because these collections are comprised primarily of unpublished material, they are an important tool when searching for primary source documentation. To view a browseable list of these collections, go to the library’s Voyager catalog, and in the basic search mode, select Call number (DVDs, CDs, VHS, etc.) from the list of “search by” options, and then search for MANUSCRIPT P. This search will bring up a list of all manuscripts held by the Pacific Collection. You can also search through our cataloged photograph collections by repeating the above steps using the search term PHOTOGRAPH P. (In both searches, do not include the period that follows the "P" in the above sentences.) Researchers interested in Hawai‘i can duplicate these searches using the terms MANUSCRIPT H and PHOTOGRAPH H to pull up Hawai‘i-specific manuscript and photograph collections.