Jamaica Manuscripts collection, 1774-1950

By Rudo Kemper

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Collection Overview

Title: Jamaica Manuscripts collection, 1774-1950

Predominant Dates:1774-1950

ID: ASM0320

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: 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 asc.library@miami.edu.

Related Materials: 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(ASM0569), the Caribbean Documents Collection (ASM0570), the Latin America Documents Collection (ASM460), the Historical Documents Collection (ASM0566), and the Florida Documents Collection (ASM0567).

Preferred Citation: 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 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: A book titled "Extracts from the Letters of the Late James Cropper."Add to your cart.
Item 2: A facsimile of the United States of America Declaration of Independence.Add to your cart.
Item 3: A letter designating a William Gillam as Secretary, Registrar and Clerk of the Council of Dominica, with an attached seal.Add to your cart.
Item 4: A typescript titled Dwarris of Jamaica; an 1824 report by the Commissioner of Jamaica.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Four typed copies of letters by Daniel Barr written 1814-1818.Add to your cart.
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.Add to your cart.
Item 7: A typescript of a March 16th, 1949 Jamaica Historical Society Broadcast by C. Bernard Lewis on "Hinton East's Botanical Garden."Add to your cart.
Item 8: A 1835 Jamaican Power of Attorney document in the parish of Saint James.Add to your cart.
Item 9: Seven letters 1814-1815 to John Barr from Jamaica.Add to your cart.
Item 10: A typescript titled "1834-1862: Outlines and Notes of Twenty Nine Years."Add to your cart.
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.Add to your cart.
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.Add to your cart.
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.Add to your cart.
Item 14: 27 typescripts of letters written 1898-1903 by Lisa A. Visser, bound.Add to your cart.
Item 15: An 1800 Spanish report on the statistics of artillery and munitions at Guyana.Add to your cart.
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.Add to your cart.
Item 17: A typewritten copy of letters from Charles Ruddach, bound.Add to your cart.
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.Add to your cart.
Item 19: A 1824 West Indies Commissioner Report.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: A Radnor Plantation Journal, dated 1833-1837.Add to your cart.