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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).

Abeng: began publication at the University of the West Indies, Mona in response to the Black Power and protest movement that emerged after Dr. Walter Rodney, a UWI lecturer was prohibited from landing in Kingston on October 15th, 1968 after attending a Black Writers conference in Montreal, Canada.

Moko:  A "Radical" newspaper published in Trinidad and Tobago as a response   to issues resulting from the Walter Rodney incidence.

Public Opinion: a weekly paper launched on 20 February 1937, was a forum for progressive ideas.

West Indian Review:  published from 1934 until the 1970s,  contained poetry and fiction as well as articles on painting, sculpture, folklore, history, agriculture and other topics. Unlike many similar publication in the region it was not the organ of any intellectual or nationalist group, and remained supported by commercial advertising through its existence.

This collection of black and white photographs was extracted from the Archibald Cooper Collection. They were taken in 1938-1939 when Cooper and his wife undertook anthropological research among the Maroons of Accompong. The images were digitized from the negatives which were deposited along with his field notes. They were intended to be included in his doctoral thesis. However his studies were interrupted by the war (1939-1945) and were never completed. The photographs illustrate aspects of life in Accompong at the time

Finding aids provides guides to the items in select manuscript collections located in the Special Collections. The following finding aides are available:

Vic Reid | PJ Patterson | PJ Patterson Speeches | Tanzilo Popular Music Collection | John Hearne

This collection includes  documents and images realted to the founding of the University of the West Indies.  Included is the Priestley Diaries  which was written by one of the members of the Committee on Higher Education which visited the West Indies in 1944 to investigate the setting up of a West Indian University.

Forty eight undergraduates participated in the 1961 “West Indian Journey” tour around the Caribbean, commencng July 13, 1961.

Islands visited include Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. The students met with  Ministers of Government   and other leaders in the various islands such as, Dr. Eric Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. James Lloyd, the Administrator of Grenada and Mr. Herman Collymore, Minister of Trade and Production, St Lucia.  They also participated in social activities   and visited many of the historic sites.

A collection of over 500 historical photographs depicting the construction of the various buildings of the campus of the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), now the University of the West Indies. Included also are photographs of campus life ranging from formal lectures to social activities.  Of particular interest are the photographs of the first batchof students who arrived in 1948 and the installation of several Chancellors including the first Chancellor of the UCWI, H.R.H., Princess Alice of Athlone in 1950. 

Roger Mais (August 11, 1905 -June 21, 1955 ) a Jamaican journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright. He began writing verse and short stories in the 1930's and his involvement in the emerging nationalist movement of the time is reflected in his work.  The West Indies & Special Collection Section at the Main Library houses many of Roger Mais works including:

Short stories | Plays  | Letters | Scrapbook | Postcards


This postcard collection  was compiled by Mr. H. H. Cousins, Director of Agriculture in Jamaica, 1908-1932. It consists of 212 picture postcards, mainly reproductions of photographs but including some paintings and sketches.  It represents  an intact collection of picture postcards acquired in Jamaica and never mailed. The postcards provide a visual record of early 20th Century Jamaica and   the multicultural society which was emerging in post-slavery period. They also depict evidence of the retention of African and East Indian traditions. The Collection was donated to the Library by Mr Cousin's family in 1982.


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