Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak


The Pacific Collection recently completed work on its latest digital collection, Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak. 

The United States conducted more than eighty nuclear weapons tests on and around Bikini and Enewetak Atolls (Marshall Islands) between 1946 and 1958. The 878 images in this collection span the years from 1946-1988, and document the lives of Bikini and Enewetak islanders after they were relocated from their home islands as a result of these tests. The images derive from the anthropological fieldwork of Dr. Leonard "Len" Mason and Dr. Robert Kiste, both of whom served as longtime faculty members at the University of Hawaii-Manoa prior to their retirement from fulltime teaching (Mason in 1969 and Kiste in 2002). 

To date the Pacific Collection has posted more than 13,000 images online via seven collections. Links to each collection can be found on the Pacific Collection web-page.

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