Repositories and literary archives in the region (Anglophone Caribbean)

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Library, US

Collections include the Caryl Philips Papers, Claude McKay's Papers.

Black Cultural Archives

Collections at the BCA include, and are organised under, the following subjects:

Periodicals: (The Voice, New Nation, Black Voice, The Alarm: Awakening Our Nation; Flamingo);  Runnymede Periodicals, The Papers of Hansib (Publications); The Papers of BASA (Association for the Study of African, Caribbean and Asian Culture and History in Britain).

The Black Women's Movement: Olive Morris Collection; Oral Histories of the Black Women’s Movement: The Heart of the Race; The Papers of Ansel Wong; The Papers of Stella Dadzie; The Papers of Jan McKenley.

Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa, US

V. S. Naipaul archive, Jean Rhys archive.

George Padmore Institute, London, UK

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.

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, US

Holdings include Caribbean Plays Collection (creator Joseph Jones), Gabriel García Márquez Collection, Gabriel García Márquez Papers, Julia Alvarez Papers, Samuel Selvon Papers, Wilson Harris Collection.

London Metropolitan Archives

Collections include the Huntley Archives (archive of Eric and Jessica Huntley, founders of Bogle-L'Ouverture) and Jessica Huntley Archives (personal correspondence, the 2014 Huntley Conference and records regarding her role and contributions to archives).

Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa

Dionne Brand fonds

Lilly Library, Indiana University

C. L. R. James mss., ca. 1942-1974

McMaster University Library, Archives and Research Collections

Includes Austin Clarke’s fonds, Louise Bennett Coverley fonds

Special Collection, National Library of Jamaica, Kingston

Literary manuscripts in the National Library: Miss Lou Archives (Louise Bennett); Una Marson Collection; Walter Roberts Archives; Antony C. Winkler Archives.

The Caribbean Research Library (CRL), University of Guyana

Holdings of literary manuscripts:  A.J. Seymour; N.E. Cameron

The West Indies Collection, Sydney Martin Library, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Manuscripts in the Special Collections: Richard B. Moore Collection; George Lamming Collection; The Olga Lopes Seale Archive.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

The Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library is home to J. Edward Chamberlain Papers, Lorna Goodison Papers, Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers and Derek Walcott Papers.

Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

Some of the collections at the Schomburg Center include the Arthur Alfonso Schomburg Papers,  Alexis De Veaux/Audre Lorde Research Collection, Claude McKay Collection, Claude McKay Letters and Manuscripts, C.L.R. James Collection, C.L.R. James Letters, Eulalie Spence Papers, Marika Sherwood/Claudia Jones Research Material, Michael Anthony Papers, Letters, J.R. Casimer Papers, Piri Thomas Papers, Richard B. Moore Papers, The Claudia Jones Memorial Collection and Thomas Glave Papers (*closed until processed).

West Indiana and Special Collections, Alma Jordan Library, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

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.

West Indies and Special Collections, Mona Library, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

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.


Film Archives

Banyan Archives, Trinidad and Tobago

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

Digital Library of the Caribbean, dLOC

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.

Digital Schomburg, New York Public Library, NYC

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.

The Caribbean Memory Project

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.”

The Caribbean Studies Collection, ILAS, London, UK

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.

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive

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.”

Caribbean Writers Summer Institute digital archive

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

Diasporic Archives Network

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.

Caribbean Poetry Project

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.

The St. Lucia Oral History Project

Is a project that focuses on the oral history of Saint Lucia with a strong emphasis on the transmission of history through the arts. The site offers a wide range of interviews of Saint Lucian writers and visual artists, including Derek Walcott, Kendel Hippolyte, John R. Lee and Vladimir Lucien, among others.



A Bibliography of Caribbean Science Fiction and Fantasy

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.

Bibliography of Antiguan and Barbudian Writing

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).

Bibliographies of Caribbean drama, poetry and fiction by George Parfitt

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.”

"Bibliography of St. Lucian Creative Writing: poetry, prose, drama by St. Lucian writers 1948-2013." Compiled and edited by John Robert Lee. Castries: Mahanaim Publishing & Cultural Development Foundation, 2013. 212 pgs. Illustrated. (Available online as an Ebook from Author House).

Discovering Caribbean Literature in English: Selected Bibliography, by John R. Lee (via Wadadli Pen)

This bibliography has been compiled and updated by Saint Lucian writer and librarian John Robert Lee, and provides a breadth of selected texts  by writers across the anglophone Caribbean region and the diaspora, including some texts in English by authors originally from other linguistic areas, such as Edwidge Danticat and Simone Schwarz-Bart.