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Sherman Lee Pompey collection

Identifier: MSS 649

Scope and Contents note

A microfilmed collection of pamphlets, manuscripts, news clippings and philately (stamps and postal history) from the South Pacific. The emphasis is on new Guinea and Melanesia but Micronesia is well represented and there are materials dealing with Polynesia, Australia and other regions of the Pacific.

The last roll in the collection (#11 in Container 3) contains extracts of census records, genealogical manuscripts and notes, and items dealing with Civil War military units in the West.

Manuscript items are designated by (MSS) with no distinction between typescript and holograph. Pamphlets are designated (Pam), except those in numbered sequence produced by government agencies. Where there is no designation items are news clippings and magazine articles.


  • 1774-1970


Conditions Governing Access note

Reel 11 of Container 3 is not restricted. Request for the use of other materials will be forwarded to Mr. Pompey.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from Sherman Lee Pompey collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.


3 containers (39 rolls microfilm)

Language of Materials



Microfilmed collection of materials dealing with regions of the Pacific.

Arrangement note

There are no frame numbers on the film. Frames are not all the same length. By comparing the frame number of a desired item with the total number of frames in the reel the approximate location may be determined. Bracketing, that is narrowing the search by looking both before and after the suspected location will help.

The collection has been divided into 6 series: 1. Sherman Pompey materials on the history of New Guinea and some of Micronesia, 1885-1969; 2. Sherman Pompey materials on philately (Stamps and Postal History) of New Guinea and some of the Northwest Pacific (Micronesia), 1885-1970; 3. Sherman Pompey materials on the history of New Guinea and Micronesia, continued, 1948-1970; 4. Sherman Pompey South Pacific pamphlets, news clippings, and philately with manuscripts from early exploration to recent times (alphabetical), 1774-1970; 5. Sherman Pompey: letters, papers, journals and diaries of a coastwatcher in the British Solomon Islands during World War II (Reverend Silvester), 1943-1955; and 6. Sherman Pompey: extracts from U.S. census records by locality, genealogical records of Sherman Lee Pompey, and Civil War-period military units in the West, 1779-1900.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; 1974.

Register of the Sherman Lee Pompey collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States