Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Yesterday UNESCO announced the latest additions to the Memory of the World Register (a list of archive holdings & library collections of global importance); among the 29 new additions is the C.L.R. James Collection at the Main Library, UWI, St. Augustine:

Trinidad & Tobago - C.L.R. James Collection
The C.L.R. James Collection consists of original documents including correspondence, manuscripts, pamphlets, personal and literary papers of the late Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-1989). James was a leading theoretician of the Trotskyite wing of American communism and the main ideologue and leftist thinker of the nationalist movement in Trinidad and Tobago during its most radical phase from 1958 to 1960. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, C.L.R. James spent much of his life in Britain and the United States. His influence spanned the Caribbean, Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The collection is kept at the University of the West Indies, in Trinidad.

(Two other collections at UWI-St. Augustine are already on the register: the Derek Walcott Collection & the Eric Williams Memorial Collection.)

Also new to the register: the José Martí papers at the Centro de Estudios Martianos in Havana. (There are as yet no other Caribbean collections on the Memory of the World Register.)

(Thanks, Georgia, for pointing this out!)

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