Caribbean History in the Institute of Historical Research Library

For almost a century the Institute's library has been collecting published primary source material that documents the overseas expansion of many west European nations. While this has resulted in large research collections devoted to the history of mainland North and South America, the library also possesses a growing collection of works on the history of the Caribbean region spanning the period from the sixteenth century to the first half of the twentieth. Particular strengths at present include the British and Spanish colonial presence in the Caribbean, travel accounts, as well as the history of nineteenth and early twentieth century Cuba.

The collection can be found on the open shelves in the library's North American reading room on the second floor. Currently much of the collection comprises of published primary source material about the history of the Greater Antilles, especially Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. However there are also holdings on other islands such as Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, as well as Bermuda.

The collection is part of the library's large colonial history collection. Below is a summary showing a break down of the shelf marks currently in use:

  • CLAC.1 General Works (including reference works)
  • CLAC.2 Cuba
  • CLAC.3 Dominican Republic & Haiti
    • CLAC.31 Hispaniola to c. 1697
    • CLAC.32 Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic
    • CLAC.33 Haiti
  • CLAC.4 Jamaica
  • CLAC.5 Puerto Rico
  • CLAC.6 Other Caribbean Islands
  • CLAC.7 Bermuda

Bibliographies, archives guides and works on historiography can be found in the Colonial Bibliography Collection (shelf-mark CB). Relevant journal titles can be found in the Colonial Periodical Collection (shelf-mark CP)

Highlights Contents

Highlights of the collection


Bibliographies and Archive Guides

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Unlike the bulk of the collection, guides to Caribbean archive material and bibliographies of Caribbean history are currently kept in closed access in the Colonial Bibliography collection (shelf-mark CB) and, when a work covers Latin America as well, the Latin American bibliography collection. Details about requesting items from our closed access collections can be found here.

Below are some of the items you can find in this sub-collection.


Historiography

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As well as works on the development of Caribbean historiography this section also includes titles on the nature of memory in Caribbean history.


General Works

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Below is a selections of reference, primary and secondary works covering the entire Caribbean region.


Cuba

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Our collection on Cuban history (shelf-mark CLAC.2) covers the period from the Spanish conquest to the Communist Revolution although much of the collection at present comprises of works on the nineteenth century.


Dominican Republic

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Haiti

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Currently this collection primarily consists of works about Toussaint Loverture and the Haitian Revolution


Jamaica

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Puerto Rico


Other Caribbean Islands

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This section is subdivided further into sections including one devoted to the history of the Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, the Leeward Antilles, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and the Windward Islands.

Below are a few items from this section.

The Bahamas

Barbados

Martinique

Trinidad & Tobago


Bermuda

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Other Resources

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In addition to the geographic sub-collections there are a number of collections of different types of material; these include Theses of the University of London, periodicals and electronic resources. Here is a selection below:

Theses

Periodical Titles

Electronic Resources


Other IHR Collections

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Source material can also be found in a number of other collections found in the Institute's library. Below is a selection of titles you can find elsewhere.

Early Exploration & Travel Accounts

Dutch Colonial History

International Relations

Military History

Other Libraries & Archives

London has a number of libraries and archives with excellent holdings of Caribbean history material. These include:

 

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