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Special Collections: Caribbean Studies

This site contains items housed in the Special Collections Unit of the Sidney Martin Library, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Barbados History

This sculpture of the Olive Blossom, the first ship that began the English history in Barbados is a prized possession of the Sidney Martin Library.  The sculpture was created by Kurtis Norville,


Gender studies

Research papers capture the versatility of women, giving focus to different aspects of gender related issues of society.


Caribbean Politics

Research projects that show the historical aspects of Caribbean societies, highlighting the political landscape of the islands.

Caribbean Literature

Research papers analyze and critique Caribbean literature  produced by authors such as Alison Knights Bramble, Rita Phillips Mitchelle, Cecil Foster, Elyse Dodgson and many others.

Caribbean Music

The Caribbean is surrounded by music which gives students different angles to review, unravel and evaluate the songs and rhythms of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Religions

Research papers discuss, analyze and historically capture the diverse religions found in the Caribbean.

Agriculture in the Caribbean

Research papers evaluate, analyze and historically comment on agricultural issues experienced by Caribbean islands

Sporting activities

West Indies cricket is renowned around the world.  This and many other sporting activities are given attention in the research projects held in the Special Collection Unit.

Caribbean languages

Words of expression or speech of Caribbean people are explored, analyzed and analytically critiqued in the research papers held

West Indian Commission Papers

A collection of papers containing transcripts covering issues pertaining to Caribbean’s social, cultural and economic development during colonialism.