Grenada Heritage: Plantation Records Digitised and Online

Grenada Plantation Records 1737-1845


In 1989 a dealer, Charles Apfelbaum, made an aquisition of Grenada Plantation Records dating from 1737-1845 for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on behalf of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library.

The originals of these documents are held in the repository of the custodians Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.

Happily, since the 10th September 2015 for the National Grenada Archives and the Grenadian People and Caribbeans world wide the entire collection of 517 images has now been digitized and is available online at Digitalcollections.nypl.org.

Details can be found on Plantation Records 1737-1845 – In Detail.

Call number
Sc MG 383
Physical description
.8 linear feet (2 archival boxes)
Preferred Citation
Grenada Plantation records, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library
Repository
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Location
Sc MG 383
Access to materials
Restricted access.
The entirety of this collection has been digitized and is available online.

The Grenada Plantation Records consist of manuscript documents from the Lataste Estate, a sugar plantation in Grenada, West Indies, dating from 1737-1845. 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.

DIGITAL ASSETS

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

SOURCE OF ACQUISITION

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum (dealer), Jan. 1989

USING THE COLLECTION

CUSTODIAN LOCATION

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801
Second Floor

ACCESS TO MATERIALS

Restricted access to originals.

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