By Rudo Kemper
Title: Jamaica Manuscripts collection, 1774-1950
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Jamaica Manuscripts Collection contains 20 documents, most of which concern Jamaica in a variety of ways (others are regarding the British West Indies at large). Included, among other things, are plantation records, correspondence, journals, official documents such as power of attorney documents and affidavits, notes on the climate of Jamaica, and Spanish reports on English possessions. Some of these are originals, where others are later 20th century documents about Jamaica or typescripts of letters.
This collection is open for research.
Jamaica Manuscripts Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to email@example.com.
See also Thomas Jefferson Collection (ASM0569), the Caribbean Documents Collection (ASM0570), the Latin America Documents Collection (ASM460), the Historical Documents Collection (ASM0566), and the Florida Documents Collection (ASM0567).
Jamaica Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida
Finding Aid Revision History:
Container list by Marcia Evanson.
Box and Folder Listing
- Box 1
- Item 1: A book titled "Extracts from the Letters of the Late James Cropper."
- Item 2: A facsimile of the United States of America Declaration of Independence.
- Item 3: A letter designating a William Gillam as Secretary, Registrar and Clerk of the Council of Dominica, with an attached seal.
- Item 4: A typescript titled Dwarris of Jamaica; an 1824 report by the Commissioner of Jamaica.
- Item 5: Four typed copies of letters by Daniel Barr written 1814-1818.
- Item 6: Notes on the climate of Jamaica and the suitability of the Island as a resort for persons or invalids from northerly countries, c.1864, bound.
- Item 7: A typescript of a March 16th, 1949 Jamaica Historical Society Broadcast by C. Bernard Lewis on "Hinton East's Botanical Garden."
- Item 8: A 1835 Jamaican Power of Attorney document in the parish of Saint James.
- Item 9: Seven letters 1814-1815 to John Barr from Jamaica.
- Item 10: A typescript titled "1834-1862: Outlines and Notes of Twenty Nine Years."
- Item 11: A 1780 manuscript report (in Spanish) giving particulars of the crew, supplies &c. on board the ships of the British convoy which left Portsmouth, U.K. on July 29th, 1780 escorted by the warships Ramillies and two frigates, bound for the Caribbean (including Jamaica) and Bengal. These were seized on August 9th by the Spanish Squadrons under Admiral Luis of Cordoba's command.
- Item 12: A 1803 letter by Savage William to the Secretary of War William Eustice, complaining of a lack of Congressional support for his extensive services as Consul of Jamaica on behalf of American Soldiers.
- Item 13: A 1767 affidavit by William Shirley, a British colonial administrator, stating that William Hutchison was Judge of the Court of Vice Admiralty in the Bahamas.
- Item 14: 27 typescripts of letters written 1898-1903 by Lisa A. Visser, bound.
- Item 15: An 1800 Spanish report on the statistics of artillery and munitions at Guyana.
- Item 16: A 1746 letter of testimony of a Mr. Gray before the Board of Trade in London, containing information on Jamaican economics and production.
- Item 17: A typewritten copy of letters from Charles Ruddach, bound.
- Item 18: An 1861 journal titled "From England to the West Indies with H. R. H. Prince Alfred on H. M. S. St. George in 1861," by Edward Spencer Watson.
- Item 19: A 1824 West Indies Commissioner Report.
- Box 2
- Item 1: A Radnor Plantation Journal, dated 1833-1837.