Welcome to An Island Luminous, a free-access collection of digital content on Haiti. The books, periodicals, manuscripts, etc., on our site are those of our partner institutions in Haiti and the United States. In cooperation with Digital Library of the Caribbean, the Archives Nationales d’Haïti, the Bibliothèque Nationale d’Haïti, the Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida have digitized significant portions of their collections to ensure preservation and facilitate public access. To learn more about Digital Library of the Caribbean and its partners, click on the box-links to the right.

An Island Luminous aspires to illuminate Haiti’s past by pairing original documents with expert commentary. Our guided tour navigates new readers through history, while introducing them to top scholars, past and present. Be sure to check back as the tour continues to expand. As part of the Digital Library of the Caribbean newspaper digitization project, An Island Luminous also provides access to rare periodicals. Our partners give free-access to issues of the Nouvelliste, the Télégraphe, the Moniteur, and more. In an effort to share resources and reduce digital duplication, we will direct you to the website of another institution if you do not find your periodical here.

The Green Library and the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University provided the start-up funding for An Island Luminous.

Thank you for visiting!

Adam M. Silvia
Curator of An Island Luminous

Brooke Wooldridge
Director of Digital Library of the Caribbean



Now that you know about An Island Luminous, click on the above links to learn more about Digital Library of the Caribbean, our partners who supply the content, and our commentators.