Repositories and literary archives in the region (Anglophone Caribbean)
Caryl Philips papers
V. S. Naipaul archive
Collections include the Caribbean Artists Movement; John La Rose Collection; Negro Theatre Workshop; Personal Papers of John La Rose; the International Book Fairs of Radical, Black and Third World Books.
Samuel Selvon Papers
Dionne Brand fonds
Literary manuscripts in the National Library: Miss Lou Archives (Louise Bennett); Una Marson Collection; Walter Roberts Archives; Antony C. Winkler Archives.
Holdings of literary manuscripts: A.J. Seymour; N.E. Cameron
Manuscripts in the Special Collections: Richard B. Moore Collection; George Lamming Collection; The Olga Lopes Seale Archive.
The Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library is home to Lorna Goodison Papers, J. Edward Chamberlain Papers, and Derek Walcott Papers.
Literary manuscripts in the Special Collections: C.L.R. James Collection; Caribbean Voices Correspondence (copies acquired through the assistance of Professor Ken Ramchand, originals held at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham); Derek Walcott Collection; Earl Lovelace Manuscripts; Eric Roach Manuscripts; Irma Goldstraw Collection; Michael Anthony Papers; Monique Roffey Papers; Roger Mais Collection; Sam Selvon Collection; UWI Extra Mural Play Scripts.
Literary manuscripts in this collection: Michael Anthony; Erna Brodber; Wilson Harris Collection; John Hearne Papers; Roger Mais Papers; Orlando Patterson; Victor Stafford Reid Collection; Anthony "Tony" McNeil Papers; Derek Walcott.
The material available through the archive includes “recordings of drama productions and dance performances in Trinidad & Tobago in 1979-1982 period and beyond. Including plays of Derek Walcott and the Trinidad Theatre Workshop” as well as interviews with a number of Caribbean authors (source: Banyan Archives website). There are 14,000 records registered in their database.
Digital Collections, Libraries & Archives
An open access digital library offering resources from and about the Caribbean, across a variety of fields from literary and cultural studies to geography, history, politics and anthropology. The library is the product of a wide and collaborative network of partners and collaborators.
It offers a wide range of digital material: from live stream events and video archive, podcasts of events, oral histories, online exhibitions, library digital collections , images and illustrations.
From the CMP’s website: “The CMP functions as a public repository for texts—family archives, collections, found/discarded materials, and public databases—that begins to illustrate the range of documentary activity produced by (and about) Caribbean people and their descendants. Participants and the general public have direct and open access to this heritage database that may be used for reflection, education, and research into the social histories of indigenous, native, and naturalized communities by local, regional, and transnational parties.”
From their website: "The Caribbean studies collections at the Institute of Historical Research, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Senate House libraries are some of the largest and most varied in the UK. They are transdisciplinary in scope, covering anthropology, archaeology, history, law, literature, social policy, sociology and political theory. // This guide was created by Dr Adom Philogene Heron on behalf of the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research and The Institute of Latin American Studies. " The Caribbean Studies Collection includes the C.L.R James Papers.
From website: “The Early Caribbean Digital Archive is an open access collection of pre-twentieth-century Caribbean texts, maps, and images. Texts include travel narratives, novels, poetry, natural histories, and diaries that have not been brought together before as a single collection focused on the Caribbean.”
A series of digitised VHS videos available open access via The University of Miami Libraries Digital Collections. The videos offer readings and presentations by Caribbean writers and academics who participated in the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami.
Other projects on Caribbean literature, memory and heritage
The Diasporic Archives Network aims to promote international collaboration in the preservation of, and access to, literary archives. This Leverhulme-funded research project has created an extensive outreach and collaborative partnerships with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; a prominent archivist from Trinidad and Tobago; the Centro per gli studi sulla tradizione manoscritta di autori moderni e contemporanei at the University of Pavia; the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine in France; and the National Library and Archives Service of Namibia.
Launched in 2010, The Caribbean Poetry Project brought together writers and leading scholars of poetry from Cambridge University and the University of the West Indies. The project strengthened collaborative ties, promoted the teaching and engagement with poetry at secondary level, and increased representation of Caribbean poets on the The Poetry Archive.
A Bibliographic resource of Caribbean science fiction and fantasy across literary genres, written by authors from the Caribbean. You can sign to their newsletter for updates on publications.
This bibliography, compiled by Antiguan author and editor Joanne C. Hillhouse who started it in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum, and has continued the work since. The bibliography includes “books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and ‘adopted’, as well books by Antiguan descendents born elsewhere” (from website).
This site offers three downloadable bibliographies compiled by Trinidadian writer George Parffit
From author’s website: “The BIBLIOGRAPHIES of West Indian Fiction and West Indian Poetry have been compiled over several years and are offered as free downloads. Details have been compiled from books in the author's own collection, library catalogues and from on-line sources.”