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Other Caribbean Collections. National Archives (Caribbean HIstories Revealed) Help for Researchers (Caribbean) Newspaper Collections. Newspapers in The British Library British Library Newspapers at Colindale has now closed, and the majority of printed material is under embargo.

Newspaper Collections

Find out more at our Newspaper Moves page. We have created a short guide to newspaper collections which you will be able to access until March 2014. The British Library's newspaper collections are founded on two special collections: The Thomason Collection of Civil War Tracts, which consist of Civil War and other 17th-century newsbooks and newspapers, which were presented to the British Museum in 1762;The Burney Collection of Newspapers, bought by the Museum in 1818, which consists of 700 bound volumes of newspapers dating from 1603 to 1817, collected by the Revd Dr Charles Burney (1757-1817). Francophone Caribbean Collections. France was at the forefront of the "Scramble for Africa" and accounts of the exploration and colonisation by France can be found in the Library's collections.

Francophone Caribbean Collections

The first French flag raised at Loango, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) Congo français. Loango. India Office Records. On the abolition of slavery in the early 19th century, owners of plantations in the British and French colonies of the Caribbean began to search for a new supply of labour.

India Office Records

They found it in India. Workers were recruited, mainly from the Bengal and Madras areas, to work on the plantations for fixed periods. British Library Catalogue (Primo) EThOS (Doctoral Thesis Catalogue) The British Newspaper Archive. British C19th Newspapers (JISC) Electronic Databases. British Records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900 from Microform Academic Publishers. Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice portal. Manuscripts (Primo Catalogue) India Office Select Materials. The main focus of the catalogues is on the countries of South Asia, although there are also considerable holdings relevant to other parts of Asia and the Middle East.

India Office Select Materials

You can: • search the Prints & drawings or Photographs collections separately. • search for visual material in any medium by selecting All images. • read about the scope and history of the two collections. For details of how to use the system, see our search tips. The catalogues for the India Office Private Papers that were searchable on this site are now available on the Search our Catalogues: Archive and Manuscripts service.

These catalogues are currently being updated. As a result, the ALL IMAGES search will not contain any new or updated cataloguing until further notice. Please note that these catalogues contain no images at present. Sound Archive Catalogue. Archival Sound Recordings. Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books. Catalogue of Photographs. Endangered Archives Programme. Americas Collections Blog. As a historian I get very excited about old letters, diaries, account books and inventories – but once in a while there are other ‘records’ that trump almost everything else.

Americas Collections Blog

I had one of those moments this week when I returned to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Over the past six years I have been many times to Washington’s estate in Virginia (just south of Washington DC) – first to research my book Founding Gardeners and then to give talks about the book. By now I go there to see the changes in the gardens (of which there are many, such as the fabulous restoration of the Upper Garden) and to meet my friend Dean Norton who is the Director of Horticulture there. Dean always makes a huge effort to entertain me – for example, by taking me out on the Potomac in a boat or letting me drive around the estate with a gator [A John Deere utility vehicle, not a reptile - ed.].

Last Wednesday’s visit, however, was one of the most memorable. It took four days to take the giant down – with a crane. Caribbean views: the full collection. Americas Collections Blog: Caribbean. Ernest Hemingway relaxing in Cuba in the 1940s, sans Martha.

Americas Collections Blog: Caribbean

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/JFK Library, Boston. I wonder whether Ernest Hemingway, as he chewed his meal of moose after marriage to Martha Gellhorn in November 1940, hadn’t quite understood his new wife's taste for war. He may also not have fully understood how his third wife's taste for combat probably far surpassed her taste for him. Such a thought might have made the wedding moose all the chewier. Both Ernest and Martha had been war correspondents during the Spanish Civil War from 1937-39. Martha’s return to peaceful Cuba appeared a difficult transition. As Ernest kept up the home front, and Martha finally found a job reporting on the European theatre of war from London, the marriage foundered.

Though for a time Martha was heartsick about the separation from Hemingway, what is remarkable in her letters is war’s totally energizing effect on her. Ernest wondered, after their divorce, whether Martha wasn’t a little ‘war-crazy’. Americas Collections Blog: Latin America. Our colleague Dr Barry Taylor reports: Although the British Library has important collections of books from colonial Latin America, including the earliest extant book printed in the Americas, Zumárraga’s Dotrina breve de las cosas que pertenecen a la fe catholica (Mexico, 1543/44, BL shelfmark C.37.e.8), such books are now all too often prohibitively expensive for us to acquire.

Americas Collections Blog: Latin America

The recent acquisition of two seventeenth-century Mexican imprints is therefore particularly noteworthy. Esteban García, El máximo limosnero, mayor padre de pobres, grande arçobispo de Valencia, provincial de la Andaluzia, Castilla, y Nueva-España, de la orden de san Augustin, S. Thomas de Villanueva… (México: por la viuda de Bernardo Calderón, 1657). [8], 95 leaves. BL shelfmark RB.23.a.35577. St Thomas of Vilanova (1487 or 88 – 1555) was beatified in 1618 and canonised on 1 November 1658. St Thomas was a notable professor of theology and preacher in Spain.