The following list has been collated to support student research on Caribbean Historical topics. 

It includes sites that exhibit digitizited primary material related to Caribbean History. 





Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLoc)

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. The dLOC partner institutions are the core of dLOC. dLOC partners retain all rights to their materials and provide access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. 


BBC Caribbean Archives

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Caribbean Service donated its archive of recordings to The University of the West Indies (UWI) after it ceased broadcasting on March 25, 2011. This archive of audio recordings covers the period 1988-2011 and includes BBC  flagship programmes Caribbean Report (morning and evening drivetime editions) and Caribbean Magazine. The BBC Caribbean Archive is currently hosted within the UWI Institutional repository UWISpace. This unique collection provides a contemporary record of the political, social, cultural and economic issues pertaining to the Caribbean and supports the needs of  regional and global researchers in multiple disciplines.


The Caribbean Memory Project

The CMP functions as a public repository for texts—family archives, collections, found/discarded materials, and public databases—that begins to illustrate the range of documentary activity produced by (and about) Caribbean people and their descendants. Participants and the general public have direct and open access to this heritage database that may  be used for reflection, education, and research into the social histories of indigenous, native, and naturalized communities by local, regional, and transnational parties.


The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Collection

The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Collection is within the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), a cooperative digital library for newspapers resources from the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and other research materials on newsprint currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. dLOC continues to add historical and current newspapers through ongoing digitization and born-digital curation, expanding the geographic, temporal, political and linguistic variety of the newspapers.


The Caribbean through a Lens

The National Archives of the UK' collection of Caribbean images drawn from the Ministry of Information (INF 10) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (CO 1069) that span over 100 years of history.


The Caribbean Photo Archive

The Caribbean Photo Archive is a privately owned collection of original photographs taken throughout the Caribbean Islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda in the 19th century and early 20th century.





French Caribbean

Archives Nationales d'Outre Mer: Archives Numérisées

A service with national jurisdiction established in Aix-en-Provence since 1966, the National Archives of Overseas (ANOM) are responsible for the conservation, communication and collection of the archives of the French colonial expansion.



The Barbados Mercury and Bridgetown Gazette

The Barbados Mercury and Bridgetown Gazette ​was ​printed​ ​bi-weekly​ ​in​ ​Barbados. The Department of​ ​Archives holds ​the​ ​most​ ​complete​ ​set​ ​of​ ​volumes​ ​of​ ​​The Gazette (20 volumes covering 28 years between 1783-1848).



Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Castro Speeches Database

This database includes speeches, interviews, etc., by Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1996. All texts are in English.


Discursos e intervenciones del Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, Presidente del Consejo de Estado de la República de Cuba


La Biblioteca Digital de Cuba - Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí 

Online catalog of the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí.


Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Digital Collections

Cuban Heritage Collection digital collections possesses digital manuscripts, photographs, letters, maps and other resources held in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection. These presentations have been developed collaboratively by teams comprised of archivists, Digital Initiatives staff and the Cataloging Department.



SPAT Memory Project

SPAT Memory Project is a repository for the publications and related documents of the Dominica-based non-profit organization, Small Projects Assistance Team (locally known as SPAT).



Haiti/ St. Domingue/The Haitian Revolution

Mapping the Haitian Revolution

A map and timeline of the Haitian Revolution, with additional educational resources designed for high school students.


A Colony in Crisis

The website is designed to provide online access to both the French originals and the English translations of key primary sources dealing with the grain shortage faced by the colony of Saint-Domingue in 1789


Radio Haiti Archive

Complete audio archive of Haiti's first and most prominent independent radio station, Radio Haïti-Inter (Jean L. Dominique and Michèle Montas). Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council on Library and Information Resources


Néhri, Chef des Haytiens

In 1819, Haitian playwright, polemicist, journalist and statesman Juste Chanlatte published Néhri, Chef des Haytiens, his dramatized, fictionalized version of Haiti’s final victory over France. It has been presumed lost or unpublished for 200 years. Today, it is back. This site offers: * new biographical information on poet, playwright, pamphletist and statesman Juste Chanlatte whose life – like that of so many early Haitian figures – has been subject to supposition and hearsay; * a material history of the physical copy of the book itself, located in Chantilly, tracing its passage from one French bibliophile to another, rebound and miscatalogued; * previously unrecorded series of reviews that traveled across three continents and over two oceans in the weeks following King Henry I of Haiti’s suicide in 1820, as well as the extant evidence that the play was performed and discussed.


The Public Archive

In light of this obliteration of history, The Public Archive was initiated to serve as an accessible clearinghouse of historical essays, archival sources, and informed contemporary journalism on Haiti. The Public Archive compiles links to documents freely accessible through the digital collections of libraries and repositories as well as open-access online periodicals, academic journals and newspapers.


The Other Revolution: Haiti, 1789-1804

The exhibition items have been chosen, and the captions written, so as to provide a running narrative of the Haitian Revolution.




Sources of Jamaican History (UWI Mona Library Guide)

This guide provides descriptions and links to useful databases, websites, digital collections and other resources for researching Caribbean History.


The Library of Jamaica Digital

The National Library of Jamaica’s (NLJ) holdings constitute the most comprehensive collection of Jamaican documentary offering an invaluable representation of Jamaica’s history and heritage. To enhance access to its rich and varied collections, the National NLJ has digitized thousands of historical photographs, prints, drawings, pamphlets, programmes, manuscripts, books, rare maps and other rare and unique materials.


The Falmouth Project

The town of Falmouth Jamaica has one of the richest collections of historic architecture in the Caribbean. This web site, the product of ten years on-site research, is a window into that architecture and its history.


Slave Revolt in Jamaica

This animated thematic map narrates the spatial history of the greatest slave insurrection in the eighteenth century British Empire. To teachers and researchers, the presentation offers a carefully curated archive of key documentary evidence. To all viewers, the map suggests an argument about the strategies of the rebels and the tactics of counterinsurgency, about the importance of the landscape to the course of the uprising, and about the difficulty of representing such events cartographically with available sources.



Puerto Rico

Colección Puertorriqueña UPR-RP

A digital collection of materials from the special collections of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. 


Centro Library and Archives Digital Collections

The Centro Library and Archives is a treasured place where researchers, academics, teachers, students, genealogists, filmmakers, and the community at large find primary (historical documents) and secondary sources about the history and culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. The Digital Collections provide access to photographs, documents, artifacts, art, maps, oral histories, moving image and audio clips, and other digitized or born digital material pertaining to stateside Puerto Ricans.


El Caserio

Official publication of the Autoridad sobre Hogares de Puerto Rico under the Luis Muñoz Marín administration, 1942 to 1959.


Universidad: Organo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico

Digital archive Universidad, the magazine of the Universidad de Puerto Rico from 1948 to 1960.



The Dominican Republic

Dominican Library - CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Access to library catalog, online exhibits, curriculum materials, and digitized archival documents form the City University of New York's Dominican Studies Institute.





Caribbean Religions

Caribbean Religious Trials

This website presents information about selected trials for religious crimes held in the Caribbean between the 1760s and the 1980s. Most of the trials relate to obeah, but some are for transgressions of the Trinidadian Shouters Prohibition Law, while others are for breaches of medical licencing laws and vagrancy laws. 


The Catholic News Archive

The Archive is a project of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), a non-profit alliance of archives and libraries collaborating in support of the mission to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources. The site has thousands of newspaper pages, from different cities, over multiple years. This collection contains 26,241 issues comprising 568,141 pages.


Obeah Histories

Work in newspapers and colonial archives, however, has revealed information about hundreds of people who were prosecuted for crimes relating to religion between the eighteenth and twentieth century. This website tells some of their stories, explains the legal context of the laws under which they were prosecuted, and directs interested readers to where they might find out more.


Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple

This website is designed to give personal and scholarly perspectives on a major event in the history of religion in America. Its primary purpose is to present information about Peoples Temple as accurately and objectively as possible. In an effort to be impartial, it offers many diverse views and opinions about the Temple and the events in Jonestown.


The Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project

The Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project (BSRP) Collection contains records related to the activities and functions of BSRP, a charity established in 1984 in Bridgetown, Barbados.



Imperial and Colonial Studies

One More Voice

One More Voice focuses on recovering non-European contributions from nineteenth-century British imperial and colonial archives. The non-European contributions take multiple forms and appear in multiple genres, including travel narratives, autobiographies, letters, diaries, testimonies, interviews, treaties, maps, oral histories, genealogies, and vocabularies.


Black Cultural Archives

The archive collection is now one of the most comprehensive collections that document the history and cultural heritage of Black Britain.




Slave Voyages

This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them. European colonizers turned to Africa for enslaved laborers to build the cities and extract the resources of the Americas. They forced millions of Africans across the Atlantic to the Americas, and from one part of the Americas to another. Analyze these slave trades and view interactive maps, timelines, and animations to see the dispersal in action.


The Free Womb Project

The Free Womb Project is a bilingual (English and Spanish-language) digital collection of laws legislating the gradual abolition of slavery through “Free Womb” decrees in fifteen different governments across the Atlantic World during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


The Early Caribbean Digital Archive

This an open access collection of pre-twentieth-century Caribbean texts, maps, and images. Texts include travel narratives, novels, poetry, natural histories, and diaries that have not been brought together before as a single collection focused on the Caribbean.


Early Caribbean Digital Archive

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) is a publicly available archive platform for accessing, researching, and contributing pre-twentieth-century Caribbean archival materials.


Mapping Slavery

Mapping Slavery NL maps historical places from the Dutch slavery past as well as heritage from the Dutch colonial ‘empire’.


Slave Societies Digital Archive

The Slave Societies Digital Archive (formerly Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies), directed by Jane Landers and hosted at Vanderbilt University, preserves endangered ecclesiastical and secular documents related to Africans and African-descended peoples in slave societies. SSDA holdings include more than 700,000 digital images drawn close to 2,000 unique volumes dating from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries that document the lives of an estimated four to six million individuals. This collection contains the most extensive serial records for the history of Africans in the Atlantic World, and also includes valuable information about the indigenous, European, and Asian populations who lived alongside them.


Slave Trade of the MCC

The trading of Africans who were forced into slavery was the ‘core business’ of the MCC (The Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie). From 1732 to 1807, 31.095 African slaves were bought by the MCC with the intention to sell them in the West Indies. The archive of the MCC is kept by the Zeeland Archives and is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.


Slavery Images

This website is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.



US and The Caribbean

US Caribbean & Ethnic Florida Digital Newspaper Project

Blog that features/contextualizes newspaper content digitized by the US Caribbean & Ethnic Florida Digital Newspaper Project. Newspapers published between 1800-1963 that are chosen for digitization for this project come from Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and are made openly available for access via the Library of Congress site, Chronicling America ( as well as in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC).




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Ramble Bahamas

“From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas invites you to explore Ramble Bahamas. The site can be explored by browsing individual stories, browsing Rambles, or through interacting with the map. Each place-based story includes a narrative which centers on an historically significant site or object.





The Black British Map

A map of Black British protests, uprisings and battles throughout the 20th century


The Atlantic Networks Project

It focuses on mapping the routes of vessels between about 1750 and 1900 that carried cargoes of coffee, sugar, spices, gold, and many other products as well as enslaved Africans between Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, North America, and Asia.






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