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Caribbean Studies: Archives


The Bodleian Library holds a range of manuscripts and archives. They comprise the papers of individuals, families and organisations and include correspondence, diaries, papers and photographs.

On this page you will find recommended resources and guidance on how to search for and access archive material.



The Bodleian Library holds a range of manuscripts and archives which are relevant to the study of the Caribbean.

Use the tabs above to explore the key resources and collections relevant for Caribbean studies. 

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Online catalogues and collection-level descriptions can be found at

Hardcopy catalogues, for collections which only have collection-level descriptions online, are available in 

Below you will find key resouces for Caribbean studies.

From the early modern period the following manuscripts are important sources and detailed hardcopy catalogues are available.

These collections are consulted in

Below you will find some relevant collections:

The Clarendon deposited manuscripts include the Barham Papers relating to the Barham family and their estates in Jamaica.

Below some relevant collections:


In addition, there are many collections (many with the shelfmark beginning MSS. W. Ind.) relating to administration, military affairs, legal matters, agriculture, trade, education and medicine which came from individuals who lived and worked int he Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries.

These collections are consulted in