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P. J. Patterson Papers

In 2009 the Most Honourable P. J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, deposited his personal files in the University of the West Indies Mona Library for addition to its Caribbean Leaders Collection.  This collection is considered to be of special significance as it includes memoranda, correspondence, minutes, cabinet submissions, published and unpublished materials, reports, faxes, speeches and other materials generated by the Office of the Prime Minister and Mr Patterson before and during his terms as Prime Minister of Jamaica. . Click for more...

Princess Alice Collection

This collection consists of 37 volumes from the first Chancellor, Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone in 1874.   The selection was made by her from the library at Kensington Palace. The collection includes an interesting and rare album of etchings done by Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort.

Queen Mary Collection

This collection comprises over 218 books from the Library of H.M Queen Mary  at Marlborough House.


Raymond Priestly Diaries

A detailed and fascinating dairy of experiences by Raymond E. Priestley, a member of the Committee on Higher Education which visited the West Indies in 1944. Click for more...

Victor Stafford Reid Collection


The Victor Stafford Reid collection comprises of  materials related to the Jamaican writer. The  materials include some of his personal and business correspondence. In addition there are other documents dating from 1937-1987, providing insight into his literary works, general and business concerns.

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Richard Sheridan Collection


The Richard B. Sheridan Collection was acquired by the Mona Library in 2008. This donation was made possible by the Sheridan Estate and the University of Kansas. Click for more...

Roger Mais Papers


Roger Mais was a Jamaican, journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright. He wrote several short stories and articles for local newspapers. His themes focused largely on social injustice and inequality. The Collection provides a literary record of a period in where West Indian literary tradition was established with the awakening that accompanied the rise of nationalism in the English-speaking Caribbean. Click for more...

Tanzilo Popular Music Collection

The Tanzilo Popular Music Collection comprises material collected over a twenty year period by reggae fan and musician Bobby Tanzilo. Click for more...

Cousins Hereward Collection    

The Cousins Hereward Postcard Collection describes a holding of 212 picture postcards depicting Jamaican scenery. Click for more...

The Wayne Brown Collection Trinidad-born author, editor, newspaper columnist Wayne Brown is best known for his biography of Edna Manley.  Some of his other well known works include On the Coast (1973), Voyages (1989), the Child of the Sea (1990) and Landscape with Heron (2000). The collection documents Wayne Brown’s literary interest.  Numbering 330 items, The Wayne Brown collection consists of novels, plays, short stories. It includes works by Caribbean writers as well as several international writers.
Duckworth Papers The Collection includes papers and correspondence relating to Vice Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth’s naval affairs while he was stationed in the Leeward Islands and Jamaica. The documents span the period 1800-1815 and include information on operations against the French under Rochambeau; purchase of wine for the admiral; flag pay; Duckworth’s court martial; prize and prize money; Greenwich estate, Jamaica; the conduct of personal and financial affairs by his agents in England and other naval engagements.
M.G.Smith Collection Born in Jamaica in 1921, M.G. Smith, social anthropologist is noted for his applied social research in the Caribbean and West Africa. His work is often characterized by his interest in social structure, pluralism and the political development of the pre-colonial Nigerian state of Zaria. These dominant themes are seen throughout the collection. The M.G. Smith’s collection spans the years 1952-1994. It consists of a number of published works by M.G. Smith such as forewords; journal articles including the article for which he won the Curl Bequest Essay Prize; book chapters; several copies of the book -His testament: His life. Also included are the typewritten manuscripts of Grenville: Grenada, Carriacou, Household and kinship in Carriacou; photographs; commentaries on M.G. Smith’s work by Professor Lambros Comitos and an album containing the Robotham Smith Exchange 1980-1987


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