Compendium of Pacific Archives Legislation

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PARBICA Compendium of Pacific Archives Legislation. Compiled and edited by Nancy Lutton. Canberra, PARBICA 2001. vii 248 pages Softcover. US $15.00.

For the first time, the archives and records statutes of the Pacific region have been brought together in a single volume in the PARBICA Compendium of Pacific Archives Legislation. This valuable reference work provides a comprehensive source for archivists and legislators preparing, reviewing or studying archives legislation, and for students and scholars analysing archival frameworks in the Pacific region.

From American Samoa to Vanuatu, the publication contains the legislation currently in use in twenty of the Pacific's nations, states and territories. These range in age from Hawaii's 1905 Law on Public Archives and Disposal of Records to the Bill passed into law in 2001 establishing the Guam Archives.

An introduction by Nancy Lutton and fact sheets on each nation, state and territory provide insights into the constitutional status, geography, population, and administrative history that comprise the context for the various statutes. Information on the current state of preparations for recordkeeping legislation in a further three Pacific countries is also included.

Mr Setareki Tale, PARBICA's President and National Archivist of Fiji, commends the Compendium as a source for those 'without a legal infrastructure for public records, for those that are planning on reviewing their legislation, and of course for those interested in the legal and administrative problems involved in the care of archives.'

To order this publication please email the PARBICA Treasurer or write to:

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