Papua New Guinea Collection, ca. 1930

Manuscript Collection #1155

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Papua New Guinea Collection
    Creator: Unknown
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: German
    Abstract: This collection contains an album (ca. 1930) of seventy-eight photographs and postcards taken by an unknown German missionary while working in the Malolo area of Papua New Guinea.
    Extent: 0.0259 Cubic feet, 1 item ,
  • Description

    The collection consists of one photograph album (ca. 1930), which contains seventy-eight black and white photographic prints and postcards that are approximately 4” x 3” in size. The photographs in this album appear to have been compiled by one of the German missionaries in Papua, New Guinea; the album itself was produced in Germany. Included are a fascinating array of images of the Papua New Guineans, beachscapes and shots of the interior, native agriculture and livestock, as well as of the mission school and a group shot of the staff who taught there. There are also descriptions written in German on the back of ten of the photographs.

    The photograph album was disassembled for preservation reasons, but a photocopy of the album shows the original order.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Between 1884 and 1914 the northeastern part of New Guinea was a German protectorate. At the beginning of the First World War, Australian troops occupied Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, as German New Guinea was known, with only one battle. Germany officially surrendered on September 21, 1918, and the area was controlled by Australia until 1975 when it obtained complete independence. The southeastern portion of the island had been known as British New Guinea and later as Papua. Together the area became known as Papua New Guinea. Despite the official ouster of Germany from New Guinea, some German missionaries remained on the island.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 5, 2009, 1 item, 0.0259 cubic feet; Album (ca. 1930) of photographic prints and postcards, compiled by an anonymous German missionary working in the vicinity of Malolo and Manel (?), Papua New Guinea, showing various views of the interior, seashore, the mission school and staff, cargo sailing ships, the native agriculture and livestock, and illustrating the lives of the natives and the missionaries. Note: Some prints captioned on verso in German. Purchased with Special Collections Fund from Maggs Bros. See also related Henry A. Tudor Papers (#1154). Purchased from Maggs Bros., Ltd., London, England.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, England

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Papua New Guinea Collection (#1155), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, November 5, 2009

    Processed by David R. Miller, December 2, 2009

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