Trust Territory Monographs

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The islands of Micronesia were colonized in succession by Spain, Germany, and Japan. After the Second World War, these islands became a United States administered United Nations strategic trusteeship. This new arrangement was named the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI). Initially under Navy control, the islands were transferred to the U.S. Dept. of the Interior in 1951. Administrative headquarters, originally in Honolulu, moved to Guam, and finally to Saipan. For administrative purpose, the TTPI divided the islands of Micronesia into six districts based on earlier colonial precedent: the Marshalls, Ponape [Pohnpei], Truk [Chuuk], Marianas, Yap, and Palau, with the later addition of Kosrae.

Beginning in the 1970s the districts began voting to end the trustee relationship with the United States. In 1986 the US notified the UN that its obligations were fulfilled. The UN officially dissolved the Trust Territory in 1990. Palau, the last of the Trust Territory districts, voted to end its trustee status in 1994.

Materials in this online collection derive from the Pacific Collection's holdings of both published and unpublished Trust Territory materials.


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    Health survey of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1948-50
    (Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1951) United States. Navy Department. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Medical Statistics Division.
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    Preliminary case report, termination of Department of the Interior Administration, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
    (Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1980-10) Pacific Islands (Trust Territory), Historic Preservation Office
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    Charter for the Yap District Government.
    (Place of publication not identified : publisher not identified, 1977) Pacific Islands (Trust Territory). Yap District.
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    A resolution proposing a charter for the Yap District Government
    (Colonia : Yap District Charter Drafting Commission, 1977) Pacific Islands (Trust Territory). Yap District. Charter Drafting Commission.
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    The handicraft industry in the Trust Territory
    (Saipan, Mariana Islands : Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1964) Udui, Elizabeth
    "Handicraft in Micronesia is a marginal or transitional activity as people tend to leave it when higher paying work becomes available. Income from handicraft, unless it is derived from a mass production industry, cannot compete with wages paid in industry or government. On some islands in Micronesia, subsistence agriculture will continue to be the basis of existence for a long time to come as people will be satisfied to consume the coconuts they grow instead of drying them .for copra. In such cases, handicraft becomes the only means to obtain cash." (Quoted from Introduction.)
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    Data requested : [Trust Territory census reports]
    (Honolulu : University of Hawaii, School of Public Health, International Health Program, 1967, 1967-11-20) University of Hawaii (Honolulu). International Health Program
    Census data tables for various Trust Territory regions. Tables include: Population by age, sex, and place of birth; Distribution of population by years of schooling completed by age, by sex, and place of birth; Distribution of population by occupation by age, by sex, and place of birth; Distribution of population by age, by education, arid occupation; Distribution of population by Employers and occupation.
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    Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands : 1967 population census maps
    ([produced by the School of Public Health, University of Hawaii, through its International Health Program section], 1968) University of Hawaii (Honolulu). International Health Program.
    The 1967 Trust Territory Population Census was designed with a coding system whose basic number was a house number. Individuals living in that house derived their unique code number from this house number. In preparation for establishing this number, the Peace Corps volunteers made sample maps of the area they were to census and identified the houses by number. The resulting maps are here reproduced. This volume, number 3, covers Palau District.
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    Human skeletal and dental remains from four sites on Tinian and Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands : final report to the Northern Marianas Archaeological Society, Inc., contract no. 44-79/Subcontract no. 1 NMAS
    (Honolulu, Hawaii : Dept. of Anthropology, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1980-06) Pietrusewsky, Michael ; Batista, Christine
    This report describes human skeletal and dental remains excavated at four sites in the Northern Mariana Islands, which were sent to the Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii, for study. Three sites are located on the island of Saipan: San Antonio, Grotto, and the Marianas High School sites. The other site, Tinian Latte House site, is located on the island of Tinian. Individual burials were identified for all the sites except San Antonio. The San Antonio site contains the disarticulated remains of at least thirty-three individuals secondarily intured in a common grave and one extended burial. The report includes a discussion of the laboratory and statistical methods utilized, detailed descriptions of the human remains from the four sites, conclusions, samples sent for radiocarbon dating, references cited, and numerous tables which summarize the metrical and non-metrical observations recorded on these remains.
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    Archaeological surveys in Ngardmau and Ngchesar, Republic of Palau
    (Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1983) Snyder, David
    "The purpose of this report is to describe archaeological sites identified during surveys in Ngardmau and Ngchesar, Republic of Palau, performed between January through April 1983. This report is part of an overall program of the Office of Historic Preservation of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to establish an inventory of cultural resources in each of the entities of the Trust Territory." (Quoted from report introduction.)