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Edward Philip George Seaga was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica serving from 1980 to 1989 and  was  Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980 and again from 1989 until January 2005. His retirement from political life marked the end of Jamaica's founding generation in active politics; he was the last serving politician to have entered public life before independence. Mr. Seaga also played a major role in the development of the Jamaican music industry, as a record producer and record company owner. 

The Edward Seaga Papers include documents, books, scrapbooks, photographs and other memorabilia accumulated during his years in public service. The Edward Seaga Papers are in the process of being digitized and are being made accessible via the Library's Search and Discovery platform UWILINC. To date over 550 files of correspondence, reports and policy documents are accessible both in print and in digital format. Scrapbooks of press reports about Jamaica collected from newspapers worldwide during the period when Mr. Seaga was Prime Minister are also being made accessible

This collection is a multicultural one with an emphasis on Caribbean subjects collected over time by Dr. Cherrell Shelley-Robinson. The papers cover a wide range of topics relating to children and young adult literature, some of which include Indigenous children’s literature, Publishing in the Caribbean, Books and reading in Jamaica, Caribbean text books for children, Gender balance in children’s literature, Sexism in children’s books, Racism, Censorship, Caribbean poems and Reviews. The format is varied and includes correspondence; magazines; press clippings; conference papers; published and unpublished articles by different authors, as well as, photocopies of Dr. Shelley-Robinson’s published research papers, among others.

The Caribbean Family Physician is the official journal of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians.

The Caribbean Medical Journal (CMJ) is the official journal of the Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA).  The print collection at The UWI Mona Medical Branch Library ranges from 1966-1996. Some open access articles are also available from the journal’s website at This journal focuses on scientific information about the Caribbean.

Cassidy Collection

The collection of the late Prof. Frederic Cassidy was donated by his family to the Mona Library in 2001. This collection includes a number of valuable manuscripts by Prof. Cassidy including that of The Dictionary of Jamaican English. The collection, which holds published and unpublished research into the various dialects across the Caribbean spans the 1920s – 1990s. This list represents items that have been scanned and available.


2021 Updated List of Available Cassidy Collection Folders

Ambassador Dudley Joseph Thompson (1917 – 2012) was a politician, diplomat and Pan-Africanist famed for his work in the trial of Kenyan nationalist Jomo Kenyatta which brought the political situation in Kenya under the international spotlight. The papers of Dudley Thompson were donated to The UWI Mona in 2018 and is housed at the Mona Library. With content covering the late 1940s through to 2012, researchers can access speeches, correspondence and interviews among other material with Thompson and political leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Michael Manley.  

The UWI Mona Library provides research access to the collection of distinguished West Indian scholar, Prof. Elsa Vesta Goveia. The collection is available through the West Indies and Special Collections (WISC) of the Library. It provides insight into the research she undertook on West Indies Federation and featured articles and handwritten notes on her varying interests notably West Indian history. The Goveia papers also include her correspondence with bodies such as The Jamaican Historical Society, as well as academics and political activists such as Walter Rodney, Errol Hill and others. Researchers may also peruse the lecture, presentation and research notes of Prof. Goveia available in the collection.

Dr Erna Brodber, writer-in-residence for the academic year 2013-14 is an accomplished author, historian and social scientist whose creative and academic works have been published to wide acclaim. Her novels include The Rainmaker's Mistake (2006), Louisiana (1994), Myal (1988) and Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980).

Jamaica Now is a collection comprising magazines published by the Public Relations Office of the Government of Jamaica, between the periods 1959 to 1960. As a publication of the Government, it was designed to inform the country of the various projects undertaken within the various Government Ministries, and provide updates on a number of initiatives. It comprises a Did You Know section, short articles on issues such as Health, Education, Agriculture, Farm work programme etc. It also has a Question Box which provides responses to questions raised by the public.


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