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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4462/K

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1978-1995

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.05 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Caribbean Biographical Project


Administrative/Biographical history:

Work on a series of biographies on Caribbean individuals began in 1981 with letters to authors telling them about the series and asking them to write about specific individuals. The first meeting of the Caribbean Biographical Project committee was in September 1992. The group wanted to correct what they perceived would be a future imbalance in the record of the presence of Caribbean people in Britain and the Caribbean. The project was to be both autobiographical and biographical. Prominent individuals were asked to record or give interviews about their experiences and authors were requested to write biographies.

The biographies were aimed at eight to thirteen year olds and were to be a maximum of 8700 words interspersed with sketches.

The committee was sub-divided into core groups which then went on to hold their own meetings.

Core groups and leaders:
Arts: June Baden-Semple, Oscar Abrams
Education: Waveney Bushell, Winston Best
Faith and Community Care: Hewlett Anrew, Sybil Phoenix
Health Care: June Baden-Semple, Lennox Thomas
Publishing: Eric Huntley, Jessica Huntley
Supplementary School Movement: Cicely Haynes-Hart, Ansell Wong

These individuals were highlighted for biographies or autobiographies: Claudia Jones, C L R James, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Louise Bennett, Walter Rodney, Tubal Uriah 'Buzz' Butler, Cipriani, Marcus Garvey, Paul Bogle, Marryshaw, Mary Secole, Franz Fanon, Constantine, Maurice Bishop, Audrey Jeffers, Althea Jones-La Cointe, Grantley Adams.

The group were concerned by the lack of women on the initial list and Rhoda Reddock at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica sent a list of Caribbean women.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Caribbean Biographical Project, including correspondence from biographers and authors; draft biographies and minutes.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

These records are arranged into one series: LMA/4462/K/01 CORRESPONDENCE.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Their archive collections were the first deposit from the African-Caribbean community to be made to the London Metropolitan Archives, in 2005, with additional deposits since that time.


Related material:

Friends of Bogle-L'Ouverture funded and assisted in the publication of the biographical series (LMA/4462/H).

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2009 to February 2010

African-Caribbean peoples | African peoples | Ethnic groups
Autobiographies | Prose | Literary forms and genres | Literature
Biography | Literary forms and genres | Literature
Black peoples | Ethnic groups
Corporate minutes | Business records | Documents | Information sources
Famous people | People by roles | People
Historical research | History

Personal names

Corporate names
Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications Ltd | specialists in books from and about the Caribbean | Africa | Afro-America and Asia
Caribbean Biographical Project

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe