Hawaii War Records Depository Photos

The Hawaii War Records Depository (HWRD), which was established at the University of Hawaii Library in 1943, is an extensive collection of materials that document life in Hawaii during World War II.

The HWRD includes 880 photographs taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the U.S. Navy during World War II. These photographs, taken between 1941 and 1946, document the impact of World War II in Hawaii. They depict Army and Navy activities in Hawaii and illustrate the military's relationship with Hawaii's civilian population.

The Hawai'i War Records Depository (HWRD) holds approximately 1,000 newspaper photographs clearly identified as being from the Honolulu Star Bulletin and 330 photographs clearly identified as being from the Honolulu Advertiser, representing primary material from the two English-language Honolulu newspapers.

Because the newspapers have lost most of their old photographs, these prints frequently are the only copies extant from the World War II era.

An Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant funded identification, digital scanning and creation of a web-based finding aid for selected Star Bulletin and Advertiser photographs.

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