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Caribbean Documents Collection


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Box 2

The Invisible Billionaire typescript

Box 4

Case 12


Box 6

La nouvelle Haiti tribune


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

By Rudo Kemper

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Collection Overview

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Related Materials: See also the Caribbean and South American Ephemera Collection (ASM0001), the Historical Documents Collection (ASM0566), the Latin America Documents Collection (ASM460), the Jamaica Manuscripts Collection (ASM0320), and the Florida Documents Collection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Processing Information: Box 1 Folders 24-27 added from Historical Documents Collection, May 2011.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

Browse by Box:

[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 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spanish Jamaica D.: Papers Relating to Laborers in Jamaica, 1542Add to your cart.

Includes transcript (in original Spanish), 2 page document.

Notarial instrument concerning a letter of authority by which María de Toledo, Virreina of the Indies who married Diego Colón, son of Christopher Columbus, gave powers to fray Alberto de Flandes to arrange (in her name) with the workers going to Jamaica the conditions of their stay and work.

Folder 2: Jamaica D.: Account of the Cost of Outfitting and Cargo for the Polly Brigantine Headed for Jamaica, 1752Add to your cart.
Includes transcript, 4 page document.
Folder 3: Port-de-Paix, Haiti  ALS.: Letter to William Vernon from Peter Dordin, September 15, 1760Add to your cart.
Includes transcript, 2 page document. Also includes two copies of a short biography on William Vernon.
Folder 4: Barbados ALS.: Letter to John Brown from James Shepherd, May 1, 1762Add to your cart.
Includes transcript, 2 page document.
Folder 5: Barbados D.: Bill of the Brigantine "Reynard", July 26, 1763Add to your cart.

Includes transcript, 1 page document. Also includes a copy of the transcript.

African Slave Trade. Hand-written Portledge Bill of Brigantine "Reynard", Peter Dordin (slave captain) Master from Africa. Date-lined: Barbados: July 26, 1763 with a receipt for Barbados currency. Listed, of course, are names of crew; their rates; wages; hospital money etc. in columns.

Folder 6: West Indies ADS.: "Copy of Portage Bill for Sloop Venus John Tanner Master for the West Indies", 1768Add to your cart.

Includes transcript, 2 page document.

"Copy of Portage Bill for Sloop Venus John Tanner Master for the West Indies." "Crew members include: Samuel Lawton, Mate; Joseph Allen, Sailor; Joseph Briggs, Cooper; and 'Quash', a negroe belonging to Elisha Shearman"

Folder 7: West Indies ADS.: West India Rum Invoices, 1768, 1770Add to your cart.
Includes transcripts; 2 page document (1768), 1 page document (1770).
Folder 8: Kingston, Jamaica ADS.: Sales and Returns on Sloop Ruth's Cargo, 1774Add to your cart.
Includes transcript, 2 page document.
Folder 9: Jamaica and Dominica ALS.: Letter from George Rose to Evan Nepean, October 27, 1784Add to your cart.

3 page document.

Letter from George Rose, Secretary to the Treasury, to Evan Nepean, Under Secretary of State, re provisions being sent out to the governors of Jamaica and Dominica, for the help of refugees from East Florida (being one years' supply for 729 persons in Jamaica, and for 250 in Dominica); Treasury Chambers, London, 27 Oct. 1784.

Folder 10: Jamaica D.: Mary (schooner): Policy of Assurance, September 14, 1787Add to your cart.

1 page document.

Schooner "Mary" to Harbour of Martha Brae in the Island of Jamaica; Master: John Coddington.

Folder 11: St. Pierre, Martinique ALS.: Richard Dale-1756-1826, July 9, 1793Add to your cart.
6 pages (1793), 3 pages (portrait of Richard Dale), and 2 pages. This folder also contains an illustration of Richard Dale as well as newspaper clippings that include a short biography.
Folder 12: Bermudas ALS.: Joseph Finch, September 15, 1796Add to your cart.
1 page document. Also includes a copy of the transcript.
Folder 13: Montego Bay, Jamaica ALS.: Letter to William Vernon from Sam Sharpe, November 2, 1796; May 2, 1796Add to your cart.
Includes transcript, 4 page document.  Also includes a copy of the transcripts.
Folder 14: Martinique.: AL to M. de Ferbeaux, January 26, 1799Add to your cart.
3 page document.
Folder 15: Santo Domingo. Cape Francaise ADS.: Permission Given to R. Stanley to Take His Shy "Antelope", 1799Add to your cart.
1 page document.
Folder 16: Paris ALS.: Rochambeau, Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur comte de, c.1807Add to your cart.
1 page document.
Folder 17: Havana ALS.: Henry Lee, 1756-1818, 1815Add to your cart.

3 page document. Also includes an illustration of Henry Lee.

Henry Lee was a member of Congress from Virginia.

Folder 18: New Orleans ALS.: Lopez, Narcisso, 1797-1851. Cuban Filibuster, May 7,1850Add to your cart.

1 page document. This folder also includes newspaper clippings describing the experiences of one of Lopez's survivors during Lopez's second expedition to Cuba.

Lopez, Narciso. Venezuelan-born filibuster in Cuba; to Cuba (1841) and identified himself with revolutionists; fled to U.S. (1849) and thereafter organized three filibustering expeditions to Cuba; captured and shot, at Havana.

Folder 19: Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, Ontario ASL.: Cyril Henry, 1918Add to your cart.

5 page document. Also includes 3 copies of the transcript.

Henry, Cyril (Letter to Mr. Charles Temple pertaining to his article "The Government of Native Races" which appeared in the October issue of the Quarterly Review)

Folder 20: D.: "White Plains" Request for Donations to French Children During the Christmas Holidays, 1918Add to your cart.

Includes transcript, 3 page document. This is a typescript.

This document does not include a reference. 

In this typescript, the "White Plains" organization is requesting donations on behalf of the children of France who have been impacted by World War I. The group making the request intended to send the donations to France during the Christmas holidays.

Folder 21: TMS.:"A Spiritual Moloch"; Untitled-Helen Esqueme, N.D.Add to your cart.

Includes transcript. Both stories consist of 5 pages.

Unfinished stories written by Helen Esqueme in annotated typescript.

Folder 22: Haiti LS.:Letters to Helen from Edmond; Account of His Trip to Haiti, N.D., 1930Add to your cart.

Includes transcripts; 6 page document, 4 page document, and 5 page document.

There are 3 letters in total addressed to Helen from Edmond. These letters contain descriptions of Haiti as well as Edmond's encounter with some of the island's inhabitants.

Folder 23: LS.: Letter containing Helen Esqueme's Financial Information, June 18, 1929Add to your cart.

Includes transcrpit, 2 pages.

This letter details Helen Esqueme's financial information. More specifically, it lists the amount of money she has saved in each bank, the amount she is waiting to receive, and the amount of shares she owns.

Folder 24: Brown, John: Letter to Samuel and William Vernon, 1773Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Brown, John: Letter to Samuel and William Vernon, 1774Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Cordis, Joseph: Affidavit, 1767Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Warner, Oliver Ring: Porttage Bill for Sloop Union, 1754Add to your cart.
Folder 28: DVD: Haitian Corner by Raoul Peck, produced by Velvet Film. A story about a Haitian exile who happens upon one of the men who had tortured him back in Haiti, 1823Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Book: A Letter Book: Report by Mr. C.A. Gomez, Curator, Botanic Station, Montserrat, on a visit to Canda in connection with the devlopment of a fruit an vegetable trade with the country, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Photo Album: Silk and decorative leather steamship album, plates of Caribbean ports of call, 1930Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[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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