H. D. Carberry Collection of Caribbean Studies (University of Illinois at Chicago)

This collection represents the personal library of H. D. (Hugh Doston) Carberry (1921-1989), former Jamaican Court of Appeal Chief Justice and Jamaican nationalist poet. Assembled over an extended period beginning in the 1940s, the Carberry collection is comprised of about 1,000 print volumes, two thirds of which are literature and about one third history and politics. Almost all of these volumes are first editions and some of the literary works are inscribed. Despite wide distribution at the time of publication and often multiple reprint editions of especially the literary works, a large number of these volumes are now out of print and unavailable.

The digitization of over 600 fragile book jackets from this collection represents an effort to broaden awareness of the collection and to provide access for scholars and the public. The metadata for the digital collection is enhanced with curatorial commentary by Professor Nancy R. Cirillo. The digitization project was made possible through the generous gift of the Janice and Gary Buslik Fund for Caribbean Studies and of the skill and time of Richard A. Stack.