West Indies Subject Guide
The William L. Clements Library’s holdings relating to the West Indies are particularly strong in relation to colonial administration, slavery, military engagements, cartography, and American travel and trade in the region.
Printed sources include travel narratives, contemporary reactions to the persistent imperial struggles in the region, satiric prints, historic views, and much more. Printed and manuscript maps highlight changes in European colonial control, information on military activity, and details of sugar production and slave plantations.
Manuscript collections relating to the West Indies include papers of British politicians that illuminate colonial administration of the region (e.g. Shelburne, Lyttelton) as well as family and business papers that document daily life, plantation management, and economic activities (e.g. Tailyour, Charles Winstone, Tousard). Papers of military and naval figures illustrate key information about conflict in the region, particularly during the American Revolution (e.g. Castries, Vaughan).
Search by individual place names (e.g. Dominica, Saint Vincent…)
Subdivision by place, e.g. Blacks–West Indies or Plantations–Jamaica
America–Discovery and Exploration–Spanish
Danish West Indies
Indians of the West Indies
Natural History–West Indies
West Indies, British
West Indies, French
This issue focuses on the West Indies, a Clements specialty that might not be as well known as our other strengths.
Last Updated 2/26/19