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The Caribbean Collection
at The University of Florida: A Brief Description
University of Florida Libraries



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David Geggus

University of Florida Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Copyright, 1985 University of Florida
by the author David Geggus

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication

University of Florida. Libraries
The Caribbean collections at the University
of Florida.

1. Caribbean Area-Library resources-
Florida-Gainesville. 2. University of Florida.
I. Geggus, David Patrick. II. Title.
Z1595.U52 1985 [F2161] 016.9729 85-5847

Cover: Detail from an untitled work in the private
collection of Terry and Sandra McCoy, Gainesville,


Introduction ........................... .1

Manuscripts .......................... 4

Microfilm ........................... 13

Maps ............................ .. 20


The University Libraries began to develop
collections in Caribbean Studies in the late
1920s. The collections reflect the scholarship
interests of the researchers connected with the
University's Center for Latin American Studies,
since we have acquired and organized the re-
sources described in this guide in response to
specific needs expressed by Caribbean Studies
scholars working in a variety of disciplines.

Fine research collections in university
settings always result from a collaboration be-
tween librarians and faculty. This guide, written
by Dr. David Geggus of the University's Depart-
ment of History, continues this important tradi-
tion. It is our hope that the published guide will
encourage scholars and librarians to continue their
collaborative efforts so as to ensure that the
resultant collections will contain those resources
important to the future.

Dale B. Canelas
Director of Libraries



The largest concentration of Caribbean
materials in the United States, and very possibly in
the world,1 is housed in the University of Florida
Libraries at Gainesville. Beginning in 1952 under
the national Farmington Plan, the University
Libraries assumed a special responsibility for West
Indian acquisitions. The Libraries maintain ex-
change agreements with nearly 300 institutions
worldwide, including the University of the West
Indies and the Biblioteca Nacional Jose Martf,
Havana, and they have conducted ambitious micro-
filming and acquisitions projects in the region.

Printed works, manuscripts, maps and
microforms dealing with the West Indies and
circum-Caribbean region are divided primarily
between the Libraries' very extensive Latin Amer-
ican Collection, the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida
History, the Map Library, and the Department of
Rare Books and Manuscripts. Smaller holdings of
Caribbean-related material can also be found in
the Price Library (Judaica),2 the Legal
Information Center (collections of statute laws),
the Documents Department (British Parliamentary
Sessional Papers) and the Hume Agricultural

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The Latin American Collection alone con-
tains some 50,000 printed works and 12,000 reels
of microfilm concerning the Caribbean (exclusive
of Venezuela and Colombia), and these holdings
are growing by well over 1,000 items per year. In
addition, the Collection receives 26 Caribbean
newspapers and 265 current Caribbean journals,
excluding annuals and irregular items. The total
number of serials relating to the English-speaking
Caribbean exceeds 500.

The Libraries reflect the University of
Florida's broad-based interest in the region, with
many departments, from Agriculture to Fine Art,
History, Anthropology and Journalism, having
research and/or teaching programs devoted to the
Caribbean. Of the 440 theses on Latin American
subjects presented at the university in the period
1972-78, 73 concerned the West Indies and 130 the
circum-Caribbean. However, the main strength of
the Libraries' Caribbean holdings lies in history
and social science. In the various subdivisions of
these fields used in Lambros Comitas's Complete
Caribbeana the library holds between 60% and 90%
of all the 20th century publications listed. In the
category of General History and Biography cover-
age is estimated at 87% of 20th century items.3
Of the countries of the Caribbean Basin, the West
Indies and the Guianas are the areas most strongly
represented within the collection, and of these
Haiti is perhaps the most prominent, be it in
printed works, microforms or manuscripts.

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The Libraries have collected almost all the
U.S. doctoral theses on Caribbean topics filmed by
University Microfilms International.
Under the title Caribbean Acquisitions, the
Libraries publish, usually triennially, a listing of
Caribbean items catalogued by the University of
Florida Libraries (with the exception of the Agri-
culture, Health Center and Law Libraries). It
contains serials, microforms and newspapers, as
well as books, and is organized by subject sub-
divided by area. The term Caribbean is taken to
include Bermuda, the Bahamas, Central America
and the Guianas, but not Colombia and
Venezuela. The volume for 1980-83 is forthcoming
and contains over 6,000 entries.

G.K. Hall & Co., Boston, published a printed
catalogue of the Latin American Collection hold-
ings in 1974 in 13 volumes and a 7 volume supple-
ment in 1984. A printed catalogue of the P.K.
Yonge Library of Florida History holdings was also
printed by G.K. Hall & Co. in 1976. Monographic
and serial holdings for all collections will be found
in the Libraries' Union Catalog. Books and serials
added since 1975 are also catalogued in the OCLC
database. Inquiries may be addressed to the
appropriate collection at the University of Florida
Libraries, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, U.S.A.

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Braga Brothers Collection

Considered the best single source on the
20th century Cuban sugar trade, this is the most
recent and by far the largest acquisition made by
the Latin American Collection. It consists of
some 660 boxes containing over 2.1 million docu-
ments obtained from the Wall Street firm of
Czarnikow-Rionda. From 1880 to 1964 the com-
pany handled over one-third of Cuba's sugar ex-
ports to the United States while the plantations it
owned in Cuba accounted for about 10% of the
country's sugar output in the half century prior to
the revolution. The collection consists of file
material, letter books, account books, cables,
company reports (mostly in English and in excel-
lent condition), and covers the years 1872-1885
and 1897-1967. It is unlikely that a better source
exists outside Havana for the study of all aspects
of Cuban sugar. Finding aids providing access to
this archive should be available by mid-1985. The
library possesses a brief description and appraisal
of the papers by Professor Herbert Klein of
Columbia University, who writes:
"The collection could easily
provide the sources for dozens of
research projects, from those of a
strictly historical nature to those
dealing with economics or business
administration... It provides pos-
sibilities for studying the organiza-
tion of business practices of a major

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house in the period 1880-1970, the
relations between such a company
and the New York banking establish-
ment, the history of a typical Span-
ish merchant family enterprise
operating in America, and finally
provides a rather unusual picture of
how a family run company is slowly
converted into a modern corpora-

Rochambeau Papers (group 16).

An essential source for the history of
Haiti's War of Independence from France (1802-
03), the Rochambeau Papers consist of about 2,400
manuscript items and are housed in the
Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts. The
papers span the years 1744-1803 and include a
number of late 18th century reports, mostly on
colonial defense. However, the great bulk of the
documents dates from the years 1802-03 and is
made up of letters written or forwarded to
Generals Leclerc and Rochambeau, who
commanded the Napoleonic army of invasion that
attempted to reconquer Saint Domingue from its
ex-slave inhabitants. The core of the collection is
constituted by 24 lots from the auction of
Rochambeau Papers conducted by Sotheby's & Co.
in 1958. A summary description of each item can
be found in Laura V. Monti, A Calendar of
Rochambeau Papers at the University of Florida
Libaries, (Gainesville: 1972), available for

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purchase from the Libraries ($15.00). They have
also been microfilmed by the library, and occupy
five reels of film.

In addition, the library has also microfilmed
the 23 lots from the 1958 auction that were pur-
chased by the Haitian government. This is of
considerable importance, as the latter body of
documents has never been made available to the
public and has generally disappeared from view.
They have not been calendared, but for obtaining
copies reference can be made to the Sotheby's
auction catalogue,4 as the microfilm reels (five in
number) carry the original lot numbers. Details
are as follows:
Reel 1 lots 1,4,14,16,26,39,45,
Reel 2 lots 103,107
Reel 3 lots 110,116,121,132,
Reels 4-5 lot 122

These Haitian Government holdings, like
those of the University of Florida, consist primari-
ly of letters and reports sent to the two French
commanders in chief during the Haitian War of
Independence. Among the items of exceptional
interest are:
lot 14 series of 153 daily
reports (June Nov.
1803) by the French
commanders at Cap
Franqais, describing in
detail the final stages of
the war

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lot 103 290 letters from naval
officers accompanying
the expedition (Sept.
1802-Nov. 1803)

lot 122 700 letters and papers
concerning administra-
tive aspects of the
lots 139,140 Colonel Vincent's me-
moir on Toussaint
Louverture and other
reports on Saint Do-
mingue sent to General

lot 141 papers on yellow fever

The manuscript holdings are completed by a
substantial number of broadside proclamations
issued by the French commanders and by a collec-
tion of maps. The latter consists of a dozen items,
mostly very detailed, large format maps of the
northern mountains of Saint Domingue and the
Artibonite plain. They are supplemented by photo-
graphs of the other maps sold at the 1958 auction
and purchased by the Archives Nationales, Paris.

Finally, mention should be made here of
two letters written in May 1802 to Rochambeau by
the black general Jean-Jacques Dessalines. They
are not part of the Rochambeau Papers, but are
found in the department's Individual Correspon-
dence and Autographs section.

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Jeremie Papers (group 17).

These are notarial records (including those
of the greffe or official registry) from the south-
ern region of Haiti known as the Grand' Anse, of
which Jeremie is the chief town. Wills, invento-
ries, marriage contracts, records of property
transactions and similar documents fill 31 boxes
and number approximately 4,500 items. They date
from the period 1771-1821 (primarily 1780-1800).
On the eve of the Saint Domingue Revolution the
Grand' Anse was Saint Domingue's frontier, the
scene of frantic pioneer activity riding on the
coffee boom of the 1780s. An isolated region with
a distinct personality, it experienced the impact of
the revolution in a unique way. The plantation
regime survived there, embattled but largely
intact, until 1802. These documents offer the
opportunity for a fascinating area study.

The minutes of the greffe are catalogued
chronologically. The main collection is organized
by notary, and there exists both a chronological
index by notary and an alphabetical index to
persons mentioned in the documents. The latter
provides a summary description of each paper.
Two boxes of additions to the Jeremie Papers
(group 24) have yet to be catalogued. They include
material from outside the Grand' Anse (e.g. les
Cayes, Port au Prince) and documents from as late
as the 1840s. (see also below, Microfilms.
Mangones Collection)

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Haitian Registry Papers (group 44).

Constituting in some degree an extension of
the Jeremie Papers, this is a small collection of
notaries' and other official papers evenly distribut-
ed over the period 1800-85 and coming from the
towns of Jeremie, Jacmel, Leogane, Grand Goave,
Petit Goave, Miragoane and Port au Prince. It
consists of 80 dossiers, many of which contain only
one item, and no finding aid is available.

Two items concern legal complaints brought
by Europeans. One case concerned jury-rigging in
Cap Haitien in 1885. The other involved a French
schoolteacher working in les Abricots in 1823 who
was attacked by one of his pupils. The value of
the collection lies in the rarity of material dealing
with 19th century Haiti, particularly its social

Haitian Papers (group 44a).

These 20 small dossiers date mainly from
the mid-19th century and include documents from
northern Haiti as well as from the southern penin-
sula. They have not been indexed by name but,
like the previous collection, they consist chiefly of
legal records. The one exception is a diary kept by
an American artisan who lived in Jeremie in 1821-
22. Struggling unsuccessfully to establish an
ironmongery business there, he provides a rather
jaundiced view of the country and its inhabitants.
The document is in very poor condition and runs to
56 foolscap pages.

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Haitiana Collection (group 23).

These mainly political papers have been
split into three series. Series 23a-b and 23c relate
to the years 1900-54 and consist of the corre-
spondence of presidents and secretaries of state.
They largely concern foreign affairs and are most
numerous for the first two decades of the
century. Much of the material is purely formal
(letters of appointment or congratulations), though
it includes several agreements with the United
States and occasional references to voodoo. These
series have been calendared and contain some 110

Series 23d remains without a guide. It
consists of 65 dossiers which span the years 1807-
99, with the early and later decades most strongly
represented. The material includes letters by
Isaac Louverture and Presidents Petion and Boyer.

Frank Crumbie Papers (group 14).

Frank R. Crumbie travelled extensively in
Haiti during the 1920s and 30s, where he was a
Customs officer under the American occupation.
This collection consists of his manuscript notes,
clippings, photos and correspondence regarding the
country. Letters and clippings are arranged in
seven chronologically organized scrapbooks cover-
ing the years 1922-43, and other notebooks, scrap-
books and papers deal specifically with such sub-
jects as popular beliefs, poison, voodoo and
Navassa Island. There is a fine series of photo-
graphs taken in 1937-38 by the photographer Phil

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Hiss, and also a number of letters exchanged with
the authors Faustin Wirkus and Selden Rodman.

West Indian Miscellany Collection (group 12).

This heterogeneous collection groups 227
manuscript items dating from the period 1772-
1829 and deriving from the following colonies -
Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas, Bermuda,
Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica,
the Leeward Islands, Martinique, St. Eustatius, St.
Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Surinam, Tobago,
Trinidad. They consist of correspondence of the
various colonial governors together with financial
accounts and pay warrants. Most are in English,
those from foreign colonies dating from periods of
British occupation. Among the signatories are the
Earl of Balcarres, John Dalling, and Sir John
Vaughan. It is not known if the collection dupli-
cates material in the Public Records Office,

Efrain Squier Papers (group 31).

Archaeologist, ethnologist and diplomat,
E.Q. Squier was a prominent mid-19th century
expert on Central America, and in particular
Nicaragua. This varied collection contains 11
letters (1848-1874), a dozen short manuscripts on
scholarly topics and the author's diplomatic ca-
reer, and also several engravings.

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Venezuela-Netherlands Trade Papers (group 75).

These materials, numbering 29 items, are
xerox copies of documents from the Rijksarchiv,
The Hague, which deal with smuggling between
Venezuela and Curacao in the period 1870-94.
They were assembled by Dr. Cornelis Goslinga
when preparing his Curagao and Guzman Blanco:
A Case Study of Small Power Politics in the Carib-
bean, (Gainesville, 1975).

University Archives

Three series generated by the Center for
Latin American Studies are housed in the Univer-
sity Archives (record group 57). These are the
files for a project on cannabis use in Costa Rica
(1971-77), the records of the Center's conferences
on the Caribbean (1950-66), and the Center's
administrative files (1935-66).

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In addition to various Caribbean newspapers
kept on film, and the important microform supple-
ment to the Rochambeau Papers, the Libraries
also have filmed several major foreign manuscript

Saint Domingue Collection.

These 21 reels of film deal with the up-
heaval which, simultaneous with the French Re-
volution, destroyed France's wealthiest colony and
led to the creation of Haiti. Part of the Latin
American Collection, they represent a substantial,
though still small, selection of the relevant hold-
ings of the Archives Nationales, Paris. They
include the following series:

AA 54/1510; AD 7/2A-B, 23-31; AF 3/205;

AF 4/1213, 1215-1216;

135 AP 28/1-7; 135 AP 32;

CC 9A/4-6, 8, 10-21; CC 9B/6, dossiers 17-
20, 27;

D 25/1, 4, 51, 65, 113;

EE 1666, 1991; F 10/497; F 12/549;

KK vol. 130;

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T 77/3.

Also included are the Toussaint Louverture and
Rochambeau dossiers from the Archives de la
Guerre, Vincennes, and one reel of maps and plans.

British Consular Papers, Haiti.

The Latin American Section also holds 93
reels of film of the FO 35 series of the Public
Record Office, London. They consist of des-
patches and other material sent to the Foreign
Office by British representatives in Haiti during
the years 1825-1905. Along with the U.S. diplo-
matic and consular despatches (see below), they
constitute one of the principal sources currently
accessible for the history of 19th century Haiti.

Surinam Papers.

Similarly filmed for the Latin American
Collection by the Public Records Office, these 5
reels contain the 28 volumes of series CO 278,
Original Correspondence, Surinam, and deal with
the period 1667-1832. They include shipping
records, accounts, population returns and entry

Mangones Collection.

Eighteenth century Saint Domingue and
Haiti in the early national period is the focus of
this series of 19 reels of film, held by the Depart-
ment of Rare Books and Manuscripts. It contains
copies of both manuscript and printed items and

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derives from the private collection of Edmond
Mangonks of PNtionville, which was subsequently
donated to the Institut Saint Louis de Gonzague in
Port au Prince. It is particularly interesting for
the rare items it contains from the government of
King Henry Christophe. Its main components
Letters of Henry Christophe, 1805-6;
government ledgers, 1807-9, 1812-13,
1815; registre des titres des conces-
sions des terres, 1819.
Registers of births, marriages and deaths,
1793-5, 1798-9, 1802-4, 1823-28,
1835-39, and (for occupied Santo
Domingo) 1823-42.
Various acts, land purchases, surveys, 1743-
Crown edicts, 1708-89; laws and decrees,
Memoirs and pamphlets of the Revolutionary
Jeremie papers, 1781-98 (53 items).
Etat detaille des liquidations operees par la
commission chargee de repartir
l'indemnite attribute aux anciens
colons de Saint-Domingue volumes for
1828, 1829, 1830, 1832-3, (a rare and
important source on property-holding
in Saint Domingue).
Journal of the Penn/Venables expedition of
1655, which invaded Santo Domingo
and captured Jamaica.

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Not included in the film collection are the late
19th century papers (of Presidents Salomon and
Auguste) that form part of the original Mangones

Southeastern U.S. Borderlands

Though primarily devoted to the history of
the Floridas, the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida
History deserves mention here, for its very exten-
sive holdings contain much material relevant to
the Caribbean, notably to Cuba. Florida formed
an integral part of the defences of Spain's Carib-
bean possessions and was subject to the adminis-
trative supervision of first Santo Domingo, then
Cuba. The library's holdings are grouped in three
massive collections (Papeles Procedentes de Cuba,
Stetson Collection, East Florida Papers). They
include 150,000 photostats and over 1,000 reels of
microfilm of documents in the Archivo General de
Indias, Seville which relate to East and West
Florida. These contain correspondence between
the Cuban Captain-General and regional
governors, commandants and intendants, and
provide information on Cuba's problems with
supplying, funding and defending the colonies to
the north. They do not, however, concern internal
Cuban affairs.

The calendars for these collections total
more than 140,000 cards, which have been micro-
filmed and are available for sale. The calendars
contain short annotations describing the contents
of each document and a listing of proper names

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mentioned in the document. The library is cur-
rently acquiring and calendaring microfilmed
documents pertinent to research in Florida's First
Spanish Period (1520-1764).

Bahamas Government Records

Also held by the P.K. Yonge Library is a
collection of 55 reels of film relating to the Baha-
mas in the period 1700-1860. The bulk of the
collection (43 reels) consists of deeds, mortgages,
satisfactions and releases, ('Old Series Volumes'),
recorded in the Bahamas Registry. Other items

Crown grants, conveyances, 1793-1862
Wills 1700-1852 (incomplete)
Marriages 1799-1860
House of Assembly records, 1811-49
Chancery records, 1820-59
Dowers, 1791-1861
Pleas, 1800-14 (incomplete)
Slave Emancipation papers, 1831-45

U.S. State Department Papers to 1906

The Latin American Collection acquires all
material relevant to Latin America and the Carib-
bean published in this series.5 It falls into three
groups. The Diplomatic Despatches, which fill 300
reels of film, concern only Haiti and the Spanish-
speaking regions of the Caribbean. They consist of
the reports of U.S diplomats and their correspon-
dence with local governments, and are sometimes

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accompanied by local newspapers. The Consular
Despatches are similar in content but derive from
individual towns throughout the region. They
amount to some 490 reels of film. The Foreign
Language papers, amounting to 50 reels, concern
correspondence between the State Department and
the legations of Caribbean states in the U.S.

U.S. State Department Decimal File, 1910-29.

Consisting mostly of diplomatic and consul-
ar despatches with their enclosures, the Decimal
File constitutes a continuation of the previous
series but also includes internal State Department
memoranda. Documents are grouped by country
under three headings Internal Affairs, Political
Relations with the U.S., and Political Relations
with Other States. The Latin American Collection
possesses the sections on Cuba, Panama and Vene-
zuela, which fill 212 reels of film.

Trinidad Papers.

Filmed in the Trinidad Archives, these 13
reels contain the despatches of the colonial
governor during the years 1814-45, and like the
following items are part of the Latin American

Tobago Papers.

More diversified than the previous collec-
tion, these include minutes of the Council and
Assembly and other items, as well as the corre-
spondence of the governor and private secretary.

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Amounting to 20 reels of film, they roughly cover
the period 1800-80.

Danish West Indian Papers.

These 19 reels of film derive from the
Danish National Archives and cover the years

Martinique, Births, Marriages and Deaths.

The etats-civils of the parishes of Robert
and Lamentin for the 18th century are contained
on two reels of film.

Comte de Grenonville's Memoirs.

This important if not always reliable source
for the history of Martinique in the early 19th
century is contained on one reel of film.

Beaunay Papers

These are plantation papers derived from
five sugar estates which belonged to the de
Beaunay family in eighteenth century Saint
Domingue. They include slave lists, inventories,
accounts, monthly journals and the correspondence
of different managers. Contained on five reels of
film, they span the period 1740-1806 but date
mostly from the 1770s and 80s. They form part of
the Latin American Collection, and were obtained
from the Archives d4partmentales de la Sarthe,
France. The original documents are the property
of the marquis de Fayet and are kept at the
Chateau de Montmirail, Sarthe.

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In addition to the maps of Saint Domingue
found in the Rochambeau Papers and the Saint
Domingue Microfilms (above), the University of
Florida Libraries have two major holdings of
Caribbean maps.

Map Library.

The Caribbean constitutes the particular
specialization of the University of Florida Map
Library, whose holdings are the fifth largest in a
U.S. university. Approximately 50,000 of its
320,000 maps relate to the region (excluding
Venezuela and Colombia). The library acquires all
the cartographic publications of the O.A.S.
(PIAGH), the British Department of Overseas
Surveys and the French Institut de Geographie
National. Indeed, it endeavors to acquire all
modern maps of the region. It also possesses some
300 historical (pre-1900) maps, both originals and
facsimiles. Catalogued by area and date, they
include early Spanish navigational maps, and
British Admiralty charts. The earliest of the
originals dates from the 16th century.

Most atlases of the Caribbean are housed in
the Latin American Collection. Some rare items,
such as Blaeu's 1662 atlas, form part of the
Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts

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P.K Yonge Library.

The P.K. Yonge Library possess some 2,000
maps, both reproductions and originals, covering
the period 1500-1945. The collection focuses on
Florida and southeastern North American but
about 500 of the early items relate to the Carib-
bean. The collection is organized chronologically
and indexed both by subject and by cartographer/-

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Current Newspapers.

The following items are received by the
library in paper copy and are kept for either three
or twelve months before being discarded.
Daily Gleaner (Kingston)
Granma, daily and weekly (Havana)
Juventud Rebelde (Havana)
El Mundo (San Juan)
La Nacion Internacional (San Jose)
Sunday Express (Port of Spain)
Tico Times (San Jose)

The following newspaper titles are available only
on microfilm. Current copies are either filmed by
the library itself or are purchased in the form of

Advocate News (Bridgetown)
Amigoe di Curacao (Willemstad)
Caribbean Contact (Bridgetown)
El Caribe (Santo Domingo)
Daily News (Virgin Is.)
El Espectador (Bogota)
Granma, daily and weekly (Havana)
El Imparcial (Guatemala)
Jamaica Weekly Gleaner (Kingston)
Justice (Fort de France)
El Listfn Diario (Santo Domingo)
Nassau Guardian (Nassau)

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New Nation (Georgetown)
El Pa's (Bogota)
San Juan Star (San Juan)
Sunday Chronicle (Georgetown)
Tribune (Nassau)
Trinidad Guardian (Port of Spain)
Voice of St. Lucia (Castries)
De West (Paramaribo)

Non-Current Newspapers on Microfilm.

About 200 newspapers and official gazettes
from around the Caribbean are kept on microfilm
in the Latin American Collection. For most items,
details of holdings can be found in Newspapers in
Microform (Library of Congress, 1973). Titles
with the longest complete or nearly complete runs

De Curagaosche Courant (Willemstad),
Diario de la Marina (Havana), 1832-
El Listen Diario (Santo Domingo),
Martinique. Bulletin Officiel (Fort de
France), 1828-1927
Le Moniteur (Port au Prince), 1847-
Nassau Guardian (Bahamas), 1844-
Le Nouvelliste (Port au Prince), 1899-
Trinidad Royal Gazette (Port of
Spain), 1835-1969

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Voice of St. Lucia (Castries), 1885-
In the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts
there are a small number of mainly Spanish lan-
guage newspapers from the circum-Caribbean. As
many do not appear in Steven Charno, Latin
American Newspapers in United States Libraries
(Austin, 1968), the holdings are listed here.
El Cometa Mercantil
(Cartagena), 1826, nos.
Correo del Valle: Peri6dico
Literario, Industrial y
Noticioso (Cali), 1897-
1904, nos. 64-168
Correo de Magdalena
(Cartagena), 1825, nos.
10-25 (incomplete)
Gaceta de Colombia (Bogota),
1822-1827, nos. 1-566
(largely complete)
El Ideal: Literatura y
Variedades (Cali), 1899,
nos. 1-3
Papel Peri6dico Ilustrada
(Bogota), 1881-88, nos.
La Primavera: Peri6dico
Literario (Pasto), 1869,
nos. 1-6
Revista Literaria (Bogota),
1890-94, vols. 1-5

The Caribbean Collections

Civilisado: Courant di Pueblo
(Willemstad), 1871-75, vols. 1-5
Diario de Guatemala
(Guatemala), 1828, nos.
Guatemala Gaceta
(Guatemala), 1854-6,
1866-9, vols. 7,15
Guatemala Literaria
(Guatemala), 1903, nos.
La Hoja de Avisos (Guatemala),
1861-62, nos. 1-40
El Porvenir (Coban), 1890-91
Expose General de la Situation
d'Haiti (Port au Prince),
1881-1933 (incomplete)
Le Tle'graphe (Port au Prince),
1836-38, nos. 1-52
La America (Caracas), 1888-90,
nos. 1-53
El Cacolfn Solitario
(Cumana),1827, nos. 1-
El Comercio (La Guaira), 1860,
vols 3-5
Correo de Caracas
(Caracas), 1851-52, nos.

The University of Florida Libraries

El Federalista (Caracas), 1864-
65, nos. 129-569
La Fragua: Peri6dico de
Oposici6n (Caracas),
1887, nos. 1-4
Gaceta Oficial Venezolana
(Caracas), June 1910-
June 1911
El Iris: Ciencias, Artes,
Literature (Puerto
Cabello), 1862-63, nos.
El Liberal (Caracas), 1837-38,
nos. 34-138
El Liceo Venezolano (Caracas),
1842, nos. 1-7
La Oliva (Caracas), 1836, nos.
El Ord4n: Peri6dico Politico,
Literario y Mercantil
(Caracas), 1863-68, nos.
El Porvenir: Diario Polftico,
Universal y de Anuncios
(Caracas, 1863-68, nos.
El Venezolano (Caracas), 1840-
46, nos. 1-279
El Zulia Ilustrado (Maracaibo),
1888-91, nos. 1-39

The Caribbean Collections


1) According to William Carter, former chief of
the Hispanic Division of the Library of

2) In addition to books concerning Caribbean
Jewry, the Library has an extensive period-
ical collection and, from Cuba, some two
dozen brochures issued by Jewish communal
agencies in the 1940s and 1950s. The best
guide is Martin H. Sable, Latin American
Jewry: A Research Guide (Cincinnati,

3) Kenneth E. Ingram, A report on the holdings
of the University of Florida Libraries relat-
ing to the English-speaking countries of the
Caribbean with lists of desiderata, (Gaines-
ville, 1982).

4) Sotheby & Co., Catalogue of the unpublished
papers of Generals Leclerc and Rochambeau
during the War of Independence in Haiti,
1802-3 (London, 1958).

5) See Catalog of National Archives Microform
Publications (Washington, 1974).