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The West Indies and Special Collections (WISC) brings together a number of the Mona Library's special and unique research collections including the West Indies Collection and the Special Collections.
The West Indies Collection
The West Indies Collection is comprised of books, pamphlets, theses, microforms and other material focused on the teaching of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It has a wide geographic coverage representing material from the West Indian islands as well as Guyana, French Guiana, Belize, Bermuda, Suriname and the Caribbean Diaspora. Its collection of West Indian periodicals provide a wide subject base for students and faculty, with non UWI based researchers making frequent trips to consult the collection.
The Special Collections
The Special Collections at Mona Library prides itself on its holdings of a plethora of collection types, with content that is multi-disciplinary. This collection is unique with its focus on the achievements of faculty, staff and students of The UWI. Its holdings charting the historiography of the West Indies, covering its political and artistic landscape is complemented by the unique personal papers of Caribbean leaders and global icons presents numerous opportunities for continued and novel research.
The Special Collections and their content include:
Edward Philip George Seaga was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica serving from 1980 to 1989 and was Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980 and again from 1989 until January 2005.
The Edward Seaga Papers includes documents, books, scrapbooks, photographs and other memorabilia accumulated during his years in public service.
The Edward Seaga Papers are in the process of being digitized and are being made assessible via the Library's Search and Discovery platform UWILINC. To date over 550 files of correspondence, reports and policy documents are accessible both in print and in digital format. Scrapbooks of press reports about Jamaica collected from newspapers world wide during the period when Mr. Seaga was Prime Minister are also being made assessable.
You can view the collection by searching here: UWILinC.
Elsa Goveia Collection
The Elsa Goveia Collection housed in the West Indies and Special Collections (WISC) of The UWI Mona Library is your opportunity to walk a path to discovery.
Professor Elsa V. Goveia (1925 - 1980) began teaching at then University College of the West Indies (now The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona) in 1950 when she took up teaching duties as Assistant Lecturer in History. Her steadfast work and dedication earned Goveia her first promotion to the post of Lecturer by 1952, Acting Head of Department between 1956 - 57 and then Senior Lecturer by 1958. Among her outstanding achievements was her elevation to the rank of Professor of West Indian History, at 36 years of age. Prof. Goveia was the first to be conferred with this appointment at The UWI.
Through the Elsa Goveia Collection at The UWI Mona Library (circa 1951 - 1980), there is a unique opportunity to delve into her thoughts and passions, through the content that exists nowhere else. The content can stimulate research and scholarship as the scores of notebooks and notecards can offer something novel to each researcher. The numerous correspondence, advocacy regarding the British Guinana constitution, West Indies Federation, published and unpublished reviews give further insight into this global icon. The documents can be interrogated from several disciplines.
Photographs from the Goveia collection can be viewed on The UWI Mona Library Digital Collections here.
The Most Hon. P. J. Patterson
Lucille Mathurin Mair Collection
Lucille Mathurin Mair (1924 - 2009) was a prolific writer and advocate for gender issues. Her work was instrumental in the development and teaching of women's across The University of the West Indies (UWI) campuses.
The Lucille Mathurin Mair Collection at the Mona Library, which spans the 1970s through to the early 2000s, consists of twenty-seven boxes. Approximately eight boxes have had their contents listed, and soon these will be available for research.
The Lucille Mathurin Mair Collection falls into several areas depicting her life and work:
Throughout the collection, there is a heavy focused on her years in the United Nations and her role as Secretary-General and her work researching and writing about the issues facing women in developing countries, particularly in the Caribbean. Issues such as gender equality, the role of women in the workplace and poverty alleviation. She was an inveterate collector, saving documents from conferences, meetings, and letters from friends and colleagues, excerpts and drafts from books and articles. There is a whole box which contains primarily handwritten notes on whatever subject she was researching or even simply thinking about.