The Philippine Collection at Hamilton Library has a long and distinguished history. It began when the Asia Collection of the East-West Center was transferred to the University of Hawai’i in 1970. Recognizing the contribution and growing Filipino population in 1975, a Hawai’i State Senate Resolution mandated the founding of the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawai’i.
The creation of a Philippine Studies bibliographer was included in this new endeavor. The goals were to build up library resources and provide reference service, as well as, to coordinate with other institutions. This decision resulted in one of the largest Philippine collections in the United States. The Philippine collection supports research interests across disciplines in Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Indo-Pacific Languages and in every department of the Social Sciences and Humanities.