General Jamaican Reference Sources - The National Library of Jamaica

General Jamaican Reference Sources

The following are a few reference sources available for conducting research at the National Library of Jamaica.

BIOGRAPHICAL

Andrade, Jacob. A Record of the Jews in  Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica Times Ltd., 1941.
325.25693 Ja And

Biographical Index – Bound Alphabet List of Biographical Notes files

Biographical Notes (B/N) Files

*Biographical Notes is a collection of clippings from Jamaican newspapers. Other material such as small brochures, extracts from various publications and clippings from West Indian newspapers are added from time to time. Files are arranged alphabetically according to personal names.

Burke.  Burke’s Peerage Baronetage Knightage and Companionage. 1909 929 Bur

Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Harrison and Sons, 1886. 929.7 Bur

Cundall, Frank.  Catalogue of the Portraits in the Gallery of the West India Reference Library of the Institute of Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica,1914. 920 Ja Cun

Dictionary of National Biography – General Reference 920 Ref. (English who held positions in the W.I. included)

Gentleman’s Magazine – G44 Holdings: vols. 1-102, 1731-1832; vols 1-13, 1834-1840 & vol 1, 1886 (new series)

Guy, Henry A, ed. Women of Distinction in Jamaica
301.412097292 Ja Wom

Handbook of Jamaica (1881 – 1969 & 71) (Microfilm available) 
H354

Jamaica Gleaner Directory of Personalities  (1981-2002)*
920 Ja Jam
*Except years 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000)

Lawrence, Archer.  Monumental Inscriptions of British West Indies, Barbados & Jamaica     

929.9 Ja

Livingston, Noel B. Sketch Pedigrees of the Early Settlers in Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: The Educational Supply Company, 1969.
929.1 Ja.

Oliver, Vere L. Caribbeana
6 Vols. (microfilm)

Personalities Caribbean
920.0729 Per
Holdings: 4th – 6th editions, 1971, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1982-1983

Reference Book of Jamaica
317.29 Ja Bry  

Roby, John. Biographical Notes on the Members of the Assembly
328 Ja Rob  

Roby, John.  Members of the Assembly   

328 Ja Roby

Sheridans. Feurtado Manuscripts
Manuscript collection

Who’s Who 1919-1982 (select years)*
920.0729 Ja Who
*Except years 1925-38, 1947-1950, 1962, 1953, 1955-1959, 1961-1962, 1964-1965,
1967-1968, 1970-1974, 1976-1980

Who’s Who in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago
920.07298 Who

Wright, Phillip.  Monumental Inscriptions of Jamaica. London: Society of Genealogists,1966.
929.5 Ja Wri

PLACE NAMES

Cundall, Frank. Place Names of Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica, 1939.  
910.3 Ja Cun

Sibley, Inez. Dictionary of Place Names. Kingston: Institute of Jamaica, 1978.
917.292 Ja Sib

Wright , Phillip& Paul White.  Exploring Jamaica : Guide for Motorists.  London: Deutsch,1969.

917.292 Ja Wri

H/N –  Parish files
Historical Notes (H/N)  –  Place Names
*Historical Notes is a collection of clippings from Jamaican newspapers. Other material such as small brochures, extracts  from various publications and clippings from West Indian newspapers are added from time to time. Files are arranged alphabetically according to subject heading.

LITERATURE

Allis, Jeanette B. West Indian Literature: an Index to Criticism. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1981.

Hughes, Michael. Companion to West Indian Literature. London: Collins, 1979.

Ramchand, Kenneth. An introduction to the Study of West Indian Literature. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1976.

Ramchand, Kenneth. The West Indian Novel and its Background. London; Kingston: Heinemann, 1983.

H/N – Literature – Jamaican Authors

H/N – Literature – West Indian Authors

ESTATES, GREAT HOUSES & PRIVATE HOUSES

H/N – Estates, Great Houses etc. – general and individual files.

Handbooks of Jamaica. List sugar and coffee plantations. 1881
H354

Higman, Barry. Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century. Kingston: Institute of Jamaica,1988.
333.3 Ja Hig

Jamaica Almanak 1816 – 1845 (not all almanacs have estate returns)
Microfilm

List of properties 50 acres upwards. Collectors General’s Department. 1912, 1920, 1930
O333.3 Ja Jam

Phillips, Anghelen and Geoffrey de Sola Pinto. Jamaica Houses, a Vanishing Legacy. Rev. ed. Montego Bay, Jamaica: De Sola Publishers, 1993.
724.1 Ja Phi

Vespucci, Americi. Names of the Principal Planters and Settlers in Jamaica, 1663

GENERAL REFERENCE

Black, Clinton Vane. History of Jamaica. London: Collins Educational, 1983.

Blake, Evon. Beautiful Jamaica. 6th edition. Kingston: Kingston Publishers Ltd., 1991.

Cundall, Frank. Historic Jamaica. London: Published for the Institute of Jamaica by the West India Committee, 1915. Reprinted by Johnson Reprint Corp, 1971.

Ingram, Kenneth E. Sources of Jamaican History, 1655-1838: a Bibliographical Survey with Particular Reference to Manuscript Sources. London: Inter Documentation Co., 1976.

Long, Edward. The History of Jamaica, or a General Survey of the Ancient and Modern State of that Island. London: Frank Cass, 1970.

Senior, Olive. Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage. Kingston: Twin Guinep, 2003.

LANGUAGE/FOLKLORE

Dance, Daryl. Folklore from Contemporary Jamaicans. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 1985.
398 Ja Dan

Tanna, Laura. Jamaican Folktales and Oral Histories. Kingston: Institute of Jamaica Publications, 1984.
398 Ja Tan

Jamaica Journal (articles)

  • 1969 vol. 3 no. 1
  • 1972 vol. 6 no. 2
  • 1973 vol. 7 no. 4
  • 1974 vol. 8 no. 2
  • 1983 vol. 16 no. 2
  • 1984 vol 17 no. 2
  • 1985 vol. 18 no. 1

Cassidy, Federic, ed. Dictionary of Jamaican English. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.
427.97292 Ja Cas

Cassidy, Federic. Jamaica Talk. London. Macmillan; Kingston: Institute of Jamaica, 1971.
27.9 Ja Cas

Le Page, R.B. and David de Camp, eds. Jamaican Creole. London: MacMillan and Co. Ltd., 1960.
427.97292 Ja Bai

STATISTICS

Bank of Jamaica. Annual Reports and Statements of Accounts

Caribbean Yearbook
C3691
Holdings: 1977-1980

Census

Holdings:1891, 1871, 1960, 1970, 1982, 1991, 2001

Planning Institute of Jamaica. Economic and Social Survey
E3595
Holdings:

  • January – June 1981
  • January – September 1982
  • January – December 1983
  • January – December 1984
  • January – June 1985, 1971, 1977, 1980,1986-1997,2001, 2002,2003

Bank of Jamaica. Monthly Review
B3325

Bank of Jamaica. Statistical Digest
B3333 (Holdings: 1980-1983, 1986-2004)

Statistical Institute of Jamaica. Statistical Yearbook
J285769
Holdings:
bullet 1973-1981 (except 1977), 1986, 1987
bullet 1989-1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

GENEALOGY

Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Harrison and Sons, 1886.
929.7 Bur

Livingston, Noel B. Sketch Pedigrees of the Early Settlers in Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: The Educational Supply Company, 1969.
929.1 Ja

Registrar General’s Department. Genealogical Handbook. St. Catherine, Jamaica: Registrar General’s Department, 2003.
Pam 929.1072 Ja Jam