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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) Mission Statement

Island Culture Archival Support

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.

The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these Pacific Islands cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.

Download the ICAS Brochure in .pdf format (2.8 MB).

Universal Declaration on Archives

The Universal Declaration on Archives was adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 10th November 2011. The Declaration was developed by a special working group of the International Council on Archives and has been endorsed by the ICA as a key pillar of its outreach and advocacy strategy.

The Declaration is an important step in improving understanding and awareness of archives among the general public and key decision-makers. It is a powerful, succinct statement of the relevance of archives in modern society.


Read The Universal Declaration on Archives (pdf).

San Diego Volunteers Needed!

ICAS is in need of a few volunteers in San Diego County to create a team that will help execute its five-year plan. If you are interested in Pacific Islands' culture, this will be a wonderful opportunity to lend your voice and help grow the organization. Our projects are carried out on two fronts: the Pacific Islands, and in Southern California.

This team will help perform functions related to oral histories, documenting stories, online fundraising, fundraising events, corporate sponsorships, and grant writing. Other responsibilities include:

If you have skills or interests in performing one or many of the above functions and are interested in joining this team, please email us for more information: