Friday, 18 March 2011

list available online for early West India Committee records

The West India Committee was formed in the 18th century, by London merchants, engaged in the West Indian trade, and absentee owners of West Indian estates. The Committee acted as a pressure group for West Indian interests, principally in the support of the sugar and rum trades and, in the first decades of its existence, in opposition to the abolition of the slave trade and then slavery.

The collection description of the collection is available on the ULRLS Archives Catalogue.

Included in the collection is a microfilm copy of the early records, minutes and papers of the West India Committee, the original material being sold by the West India Committee to the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and the microfilm copy being made as a condition of export.

M915 West India Committee minutes 1769-1924 [microfilm] contains:

Minutes and papers of the West India Committee and its predecessors, sub-committees and related organisations, including:

•West India Merchants
•West India Planters and Merchants
•Admiralty Committee of the West India Merchants
•Sub-Committee of the West India Planters and Merchants Appointed to Oppose the Abolition of the Slave Trade
•Literary Sub-Committee of the West India Planters and Merchants
•Merchants, Owners and Masters of Ships
•Jamaica Planters and Merchants
•Country Committees and Proprietors’ Groups: eg. Demerara and Berbice (later British Guiana), Jamaica, Trinidad, and Importers of West Indian Cocoa committees
•British and Colonial Anti Bounty Association
•Board of Commissioners of Grenada and St. Vincent
•Meeting of MPs Interested in the West Indian Colonies

We have added a PDF listing for contents of the microfilm to the collection description. We hope this increases access to the collections and assists users in requesting parts of the collection. (If you want to see this colelction please ask for Reels required). If interested in using this collection please email Senate House Library Special Collections.

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