Grenada Heritage: Plantation Records 1737-1845 – In Detail

Grenada Plantation Records 1737-1845

The 1989 aquisition of Grenada Plantation Records dating from 1737-1845 held in the repository of the custodians Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. Have, since the 10th September 2015, been digitised (but not yet transcribed) for the Grenada National Archives, the Grenadian People and Caribbeans world wide. The entire collection of 109 multiple paged documents (517 images) are available online at Digitalcollections.nypl.org.

Here the contents of the “Grenada Plantation Records from 1737-1845” are listed with their brief title. There are 67 Letters & Contracts and 42 Accounts & Surveys. Note that most titled groups comprise of several pages (images) in the collection.

Collection Data

Title: Grenada Plantation Records 1737 – 1845
Dates / Origin: Date Created: 1737 – 1845 (approximate)
Library locations: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc MG 383
Topics: Sugar growing; Slave records; Slaves; Slavery; Plantation life; Plantations; West Indies, Grenada
Genres: Deeds; Slave records ; Documents ; Correspondence
Notes:
The Grenada Plantation Records consist 109 documents comprising of 519 pages of manuscript documents from the Lataste Estate, a sugar plantation in Grenada, West Indies, dating from 1737-1845. Many of the documents are in French, reflecting the fact that colonial control of Grenada changed hands several times during the time period of this collection. Included are deeds of sale, account records for running the plantation, inventories, survey reports about the property, total amount of rum and molasses produced, and detailed account books of profits and expenses, as well as letters and copies of letters, powers of attorney, a 1756 marriage contract, and a hand drawn folio map. Most of the letters were written by John Harvey and include correspondence regarding other properties, e.g. Estate of Rochambard and estates adjoining Lataste – Brienner and Chantilly. Inventories of slaves (last dated 1834, when slavery was outlawed) include information about illness, cause of death, first names, ages, and sometimes country of origin, color and conspicuous marks (such as amputations) and scars.

Ownership: Charles Apfelbaum (dealer) Purchase Jan. 1989 SCM 89-5

Custodian: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on behalf of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division; The New York Public Library for the National Grenada Archives, the Grenadian People and Caribbeans world wide.

Physical Description
Extent: .8 lin. ft. (2 archival boxes)
Type of Resource: Text

Languages: French; English

Identifiers: NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b18274611
MSS Unit ID : 21020UUID: 40eb7330-c6c3-012f-24cb-58d385a7bc34

 

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