Samoa Archives and Libraries

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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes Samoa’s major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources.

If you plan to visit one of these repositories, write and ask about the collection, hours they are open, services, and fees several weeks before you arrive.

The National Library of Australia has strong holdings of historical materials relating to the South-West Pacific, including extensive runs of rare and unique materials in such collections as the Petherick, Nan Kivell, and Ferguson collections. The Pacific collecting reaffirmation stemmed from a desire to both build on these existing strengths and to assist in the maintenance of strong strategic, economic, and cultural links between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, links that the Commonwealth Government regards as a high priority.

National University of Samoa Library (NUSL)
Le-Papaigalagala Campus, Vaivase
PO Box 162
Apia, Samoa
Telephone: 685 20072 Ext 166/129
Fax: 685 22440/20938
Internet: The National University of Samoa

National Library of Australia
ACT 2600
Telephone: 61 2 6262 1111
Fax: 61 2 6257 1703
Internet: The National Library of Australia

National Archives of Australia
P.O. Box 7425
Canberra BC
ACT 2610

Western Pacific Archives
The University of Auckland Library
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand
Telephone: 373 7599 ext. 88044

Stephen Innes
Special Collections Librarian
General Library / Te Herenga Matauranga Whanui
University of Auckland
Telephone: (649) 373-7599 ext. 8062
Fax: (649) 373-7565

University of the South Pacific
The Library
The University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus,
Suva, Fiji
Telephone: 679 323 1000
Fax:+679 323 1528
Email:library (at)

National Archives of New Zealand
10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
PO Box 12-050
Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: (64-4) 499 5595
Fax: (64-4) 495 6210