For the most part, these papers originate from the 17th to 19th Centuries, though some academic studies are as recent as 1998. For the most part, these collections consist of legal papers such as leases, sales, mortgages and marriage settlements, although other papers are also represented, such as Privateers' Reports, papers of the Moravian Church and the West Indies Customs Ledger, 1715 - 1716. We also hold on deposit a large collection of papers relating to the Pinney family and their activities in Nevis and Britain. This collection is catalogued separately.
The collection contains materials on a number of islands in the West Indies as well as areas of mainland North and South America:Bahama Islands, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, British Guiana, Colombia, Demerara, Panama,Berbice, Dominica,Grenada, Guadeloupe,Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Islands,Lundy Island , Mauritius, Montserrat,Nevis,San Geronimo,St. Christopher or St. Kitts,St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Tortola, and Trinidad