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Freedom and Liberty?: The Archival Record, Slavery, Abolition, Labour and Nationalism in the Caribbean

(cross-posted from H-Caribbean 08/03/07)

Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London

15 October 2007

As part of the national Archive Awareness Campaign 2007 the Institute of Commonwealth Studies is planning a one-day conference entitled "Freedom and Liberty?: The Archival Record, Slavery, Abolition, Labour and Nationalism in the Caribbean". The conference will be held on Monday October 15th 2007, at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies.

Papers are invited which are based on the use of archival collections or reflect on the use of archives to reveal aspects of Caribbean history. These may include reference to collections held at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies and Senate House Library, or those held elsewhere. Current papers include use of the Simon Taylor papers and National Archive collections.

Suggested themes include slavery, abolition, emancipation and the apprenticeship period, labour movements in the Caribbean and nationalism and decolonization.

The Conference will mark the Bicentenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, as well as the launch of the University of London Research Library Services (ULRLS) electronic catalogue for archives and manuscripts. The range of material listed on the catalogue is extraordinarily diverse, and includes the papers of the West India Committee and the Caribbean Council (within ICS 96 and ICS 97); the Castle Wemyss Estate papers (ICS101) and Taylor family correspondence (ICS120) both offering the perspective of plantation owners on the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and the records of Sandbach, Tinne and Co (ICS70) revealing the perspective of shipping companies in the period. Many collections, including the C L R James papers (ICS40), the microfilm of the Richard Hart papers (ICS122 /M861) and our archives of political ephemera, address the political issues surrounding 20th century decolonization, the West Indies Federation and independence. Material relevant to Caribbean studies can also be found at the Senate House Library, including within the Goldsmiths' Library and Bishop Porteus library, and the Newton family, Akers family and Hewitt archive collections.

Indications of interest, questions and brief abstracts should be sent to:

David Clover
Information Resources Manager/Librarian
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
University of London
28 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DS
020 7862 8840

By the end of August

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