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Caribbean Documents Collection


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The Invisible Billionaire typescript

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Case 12


Box 6

La nouvelle Haiti tribune


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Caribbean Documents Collection, 1542-1959 | University of Miami Special Collections

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Title: Caribbean Documents Collection, 1542-1959Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: ASM0570

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Documents, Historical maps, Letters, Property records, Registers (lists), Typescripts

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of correspondence and documents (ex. property transactions including slave registers) from the various islands of the Caribbean such as Jamaica, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Christopher, Trinidad and Tobago from the 16th to the 19th century. The collection is further enhanced by the acquisition of antique maps from cartographers such as Linschoten and Sanson.

Subject/Index Terms

Caribbean Area - Economic conditions
Caribbean Area - Maps
Ludwig, Daniel Keith, 1897-1992
Shields, Jerry
Slavery - Caribbean Area

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Caribbean Documents Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Related Materials: See also the Caribbean and South American Ephemera Collection (ASM0001), the Historical Documents Collection (ASM0566), the Latin America Documents Collection (ASM460), the Jamaica Manuscripts Collection (ASM0320), and the Florida Documents Collection (ASM0567).

Preferred Citation: Caribbean Documents Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Box 1 Folders 24-27 added from Historical Documents Collection, May 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History:

Laura Capell, May 2011.

Detailed descriptions of the Slave Registers were added by CAAD Interns Benjamin Morris and Dykisha Potter, under the supervision of Manuscripts Librarian, Beatrice C. Skokan, Sping 2013.

Other Note: Container list by Marcia Evanson and Grace Castro.

Container List (PDF):

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3: The Invisible Billionaire typescript, 1990s],
[Box 4],
[Case 12],
[Box 5: Diaries],
[Box 6],
[Box 7: La nouvelle Haiti tribune, 1981-1982],
[Box 8: Maps],

Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Aya Bombé! August-September, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Aya Bombé! October, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Aya Bombé! January-February, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Typescript: The Violence of Domination: U.S. Power and The Dominican Republic, 1967Add to your cart.
By Fred Goff and Michael Locker
Folder 5: Newspaper: International Hot-Spice, January, 1994Add to your cart.
Volume 4, Number 1
Folder 6: Various flyers, newsletters, and typescripts in favor of solidarity with Puerto Rico, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ray O. Light Newsletter: The U.S. Imperialist Invasion of Grenada and Some Revolutionary Lessons, 1983Add to your cart.
Number 26
Folder 8: Newsletter: Wilshire's, 1910Add to your cart.
Volume 14, Numbers 7-8
Folder 9: Paper: Midlife and Older Women in Jamaica: Coping with Family Life and Work Situations, 1997Add to your cart.
By Joan M. Rawlins Ph.D
Folder 10: Letter: From the Consul of Spain in Jamaica to the Captain General of the Island of Cuba, 1842Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Booklet: Address by Monsignor Juan Félix Pepén, 1961Add to your cart.
Delievered by the Bishop of La Altagracia at the Cathedral of La Altagracia, Higuey, Dominican Republic
Folder 12: Rene Depestre: an essayAdd to your cart.
An analysis of the responsibility that the intellectual has to contribute to the reformation of the Third World. Relates this concept to the Cuban revolution in particular. Criticizes economic imperialism and the subjugation of the Third WOrld by the economic conquests of the First World.
Folder 13: Pamphlet: Jacques Gabriel Art Exhibition, 1973Add to your cart.
Written in French (Creole). For an art exhibition by Jacques Gabriel at the Art Center in Port-Au-Prince, Haitia, from November to December of 1973.
Folder 14: Gravures Originales Signees Par Les Peintres Populaires D'Haiti, 1947Add to your cart.
9 woodcut prints depicting various scenes, all signed by respective artists
Folder 15: Journal: Casha- Vol. 1, No. 1, 1973Add to your cart.
First issue of this journal of the Caribbean Liberation Movement, the title taken from the name of a thorn bush native to the Caribbean. Contents include a message (reprinted)from the New Beginning Movement (Trinidad & Tobago) on African Liberation Day, 1973, a memorial piece piece on Zayd Malik Shakur, and the article "Asylum or Death? The Lives of Over 100 Haitian Refugees in Florida are in Danger"
Folder 16: Report: Galways: A Caribbean Sugar Plantation, 1982Add to your cart.
A 1981 Field Report (copyrighted in 1982) on the Galways Plantation in Montserrat, West Indies, written by Lydia M. Pulsipher and Conrad M. Goodwin.
Folder 17: Manuscript letter (Slavery in Grenada): Thomas Lithgow to George Dunlap, 18 May 1788Add to your cart.
"[Grenada, 18 May 1788]- Manuscript signed letter of significant content, dealing with the Belmont Estate, a sugar plantation in Grenada, features the African slave trade, slavery legislation, coffee and cocoa production, and the financial affairs following the death of the estate owner John Aitcheson Sr., written by Thomas Lithgow and addressed to comptroller George Dunlop. 8vo. Double leaf laid watermarked paper by C. Taylor, measuring approximately 18.5 x 22 cm, with integral address, imbedded red wax seal, manuscript annotations and mail markings including a stamp from the Dover Shipyard. The writer, Thomas Lithgow, was a planter in Grenada, and evidently well connected with the island's mercantile and political elite, a highly influential group of Scottish plantation and slave owners in the West Indies, including the future Governor. [Lithgow is listed as such in David Dobson's work, "Scots in the West Indies 1707-1857" which refers to the 1779 records of the National Archive of Scotland.]" - Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts
Folder 18: The Negro History Bulletin: "Education in Haiti" and "The Negro Little Theatre Movement", 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Appraisement of Cardiff Plantation Negros & Stock, 1810 & 1814Add to your cart.
"Two manuscript appraisals of the virtually unknown Cardiff Estate in Saint Mary Parish, Tobago, valuing the land, buildings, slaves, and livestock. The 1810 document features the signatures of three appraisers, and an addendum annotation signed by attorney John Reid who requested the assessment on behalf of Messrs. ... 4 pages on a double-leaf, laid watermarked paper of T.J. Edmonds 1804, featuring the Britannia." -Voyager Press Rare Books
Folder 20: Extract from the Inventory of this Property of Messieurs Roudier and Haurie, 1831Add to your cart.
"Original manuscript document pertaining to the slave compensation claims made for the little-known Du Pail Estate in the Borough (parish) of Laborie, St. Lucia, being a contemporary true copy extracted and translated from the French appraisement maed in 1831, and used to determine the slave compensation to be paid to Marie Rose H. Roudier, widow of a planter and senior commissioner Pierre Antonie Joseph Roudier, and also to counterclaimants, two Forsyth brothers." - Voyager Press Rare Books
Folder 21: Extracts from the Return of Slaves on Prospect Estate in Trinidad, 1813-1822Add to your cart.
"Signed manuscript document tallying and describing the slaves of Prospect Estate in Trinidad, being a register of slaves working this sugar plantation from 1813 to 1822, listing 72 individuals by the English names assignedto them, their approximate age, their occupations, health, distinguishing tribal marks, and country of origin. Folio. 8 pages, on three string-tied double-leafs, laid watermark paper of Chartham Mills, papermaker W. Weatherley made in 1824 and featuring a large fleur-de-lys emblem ... Each leaf signed in the original by Thomas Amyot, the Registrar of Colonial Slaves in Great Britain." -Voyager Press Rare Books
Folder 22: Signed Oil Claim Agreement Guayaguayare Bay, Trinidad, 1917Add to your cart.
"Guayaguayare Oil Claim Documents involving 'Trinidad's Father of Oil,' Randolph Thomas Hammond Rust and two British companies. One (1) signed agreement for land purchase off Guayaguayare Bay 17 December 1917, and one (1) accompanying for land survey plan of the parcels of land; together with one (1) signed letter rescinding the agreement in 1919." -Voyager Press Rare Books
Folder 23: Mr. & Mrs. Pupin to Sale of 50 Slaves, 1821Add to your cart.
"Original manuscript document recording the sale of 50 slaves from the plantation "La Perle" in the Soufriere district of Saint Lucia, belonging to a Mr. and Mrs. Pupin of Brittany, also conveying the estate on lease-to-own terms, both to Peter Muler, a merchant from Castries, being a contemporary true copy translated from the French, for the English party in the transaction." - Voyager Press Rare Books
Folder 24: Letter: From Agents Jacques & Fisher to Sir William Fitzherbert, 1785Add to your cart.
An informative letter sent by agents Jacques & Fisher to Sir William Fitzherbert, 1st Baronet (1748-1791) updating him with news relating to the running of his plantations in Jamaica. Through his marriage to Sarah Perrin Fitzherbert inherited four sugar planations: Forest, Blue Mountain, Vere and Grange Hill. The letter reports on the purchase of slaves for Vere estate. Of particular interest is a detailed discussion concerning the planned upgrading of a water mill with mill machinery to be purchased from Sir Thomas Champneys, 1st Baronet (1745-1821). Interim measures are outlined for managing the sugar crop for the next season with the existing water mill supported by a cattle mill. Also reported is the sale of a "sett of coppers" intended for Grange estate, "as they could not possibly be hung in the present Boiling House after the damage it sustained in the storm." -Samuel Gedge Ltd.

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3: The Invisible Billionaire typescript, 1990s],
[Box 4],
[Case 12],
[Box 5: Diaries],
[Box 6],
[Box 7: La nouvelle Haiti tribune, 1981-1982],
[Box 8: Maps],

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