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Digital Library of the Caribbean: New Directions for Preservation and Research Center for Latin American Studies The University of Chicago Mark V. Sullivan Systems Programmer, University of Florida/ Digital Library of the Caribbean Brooke Wooldridge

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Digital Library of the Caribbean:

  • New Directions for Preservation and Research
  • Center for Latin American Studies
  • The University of Chicago
      • Mark V. Sullivan
      • Systems Programmer, University of Florida/
      • Digital Library of the Caribbean
      • Brooke Wooldridge
      • Project Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean
      • April 20, 2011

Digital Library of the Caribbean

DLOC is an international initiative dedicated to preserving and increasing access to Caribbean research materials , promoting and supporting Caribbean Studies, and fostering a collaborative digital library community in the Caribbean region.

dloc quick facts
dLOC Quick Facts
  • Access to Caribbean Resources
    • Over 3.3 million hits since 2006
    • Over 1.54 million pages of content
  • Digitization Training Program for Partners
    • 26 on-site trainings reaching 400 people
    • Online supports with over 1,000 documented hits
  • Caribbean Studies K-12 Educational Outreach
    • Lesson plans, Teacher training workshops
  • Select Research Initiatives
    • Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library
    • Haiti: An Island Luminous
basic search
Basic Search

The basic search allows you to access bibliographic citation information of the items in dLOC. Just enter the search term from any computer with Internet access.

advanced search
Advanced Search

The advanced search feature will allow you to restrict your search terms by categories such as title, author, subject keyword, country and more.

map search
Map Search

If you are looking for items with discrete geographic locations, use the Map Search feature. You can also view the results in Map View.

faceted searching
Faceted Searching

Expand or narrow the results by selecting the related search terms in the box to the left.

Options for faceted searching include: publisher, geographic area, subject keywords and more.

mydloc registered users
MydLOC Registered Users

Registration is optional, but adds many features such as the ability to comment on items, create public and private bookshelves and save searches.


Caribbean literature plays an important role in understanding the region. Current and historical items in dLOC serve a variety of research needs in the region. A literature sub-collection is in discussion with several users of the site.

Title: Ecrivains Haitiens

Author: Dantes Bellegarde

Year: 1950

Contributor: BibliothequeHaitienne des Peres du Saint Esprit

Title: La revista del Vigía

Author: EdicionesVigia

Year: 1990

Contributor: University of Florida

Title: Kyk-Over-Al

Author: British Guiana’s Writer’s Assn

Year: online from 1948 - 1995

Contributor: University of Florida

history of slavery
History of Slavery

Many dLOC partners also contribute collections on the early history of slavery and emancipation. Items include books, manuscripts, maps, prints and much more.

Title: The Honorable Sam Sharpe

Collection: Jamaica Unshackled

Contributor: National Library of Jamaica

Title: Letterbook for the Simon Plantation, St. Kitts

Creator: Samuel Cary

Date: 1772

Contributor: University of Florida

flora and fauna landscapes
Flora and Fauna / Landscapes

Photographic documentation of Caribbean plants vouchered and expertly identified by Dr. Scott Zona during his 25 years of botanical research in the Caribbean.  His area of special interest is the palm family (Arecaceae).  Many of his images are of plants he collected and deposited in museums (holding institutions noted in the citations).

Scientific Name:

Sabal maritima; Arecaceae; Anthurium gymnopus; Araceae


Cuba—Pinar del Rio – Municipio San Cristobal


Dominica, Freshwater Lake

newspaper content
Newspaper Content

The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and other research materials on newsprint currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Current Stats: 150 titles, approx. 325,000 pages

5,000 visits and 700,000 hits

Title: Haiti En Marche

Date: 1999-2001 online

Contributor: Publisher

Title: Trinidad Guardian

Date: 1917-1931 online

Contributor: University of Florida

cuban sugar collections
Cuban Sugar Collections

dLOC hosts many materials about the trade, manufacture, and Cuban sugar cultivation records from the 1850s until the Cuban sugar industry by the government of Fidel Castro. The collection provides descriptions of the social, political, and economic environment in which Cuban sugar was manufactured.

1917 Map of Cuba showing all working sugar estates. Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation

culture and arts
Culture and Arts

CARICOM is building a comprehensive collection of CARIFESTA materials.

Alan Lomax Photographs and Recordings from the Caribbean are being added!

Title: Digital images of Alan Lomax photographs

Location: Lopinot, Trinidad

Contributor: Association of Cultural Equity

culture and arts1
Culture and Arts

Kenneth Treister, ArchitectCollection of 3,000 Photographs, Architectural Drawings, Project Files, Etc

13 Maya Deren Recordings

Title: Haitian Voodoo Recordings –

Ceremony bapteme tambour

Location: Haiti

Contributor: University of Florida

geo political history
Geo-Political History

The dLOC Caribbean Map Collection hosts more than 700 historical maps.

Title: Die Englischecolonie - Laender auf den insuln von America und zwar die insuln S. Christophori, Antegoa, Iamaica, Barbados, ... samt den Ins Bermudes, ..

Date: 1759

Contributor: University of Florida

protecting haitian patrimony initiative

Elizabeth Chin, a Katherine Dunham specialist from Occidental College, and University of Florida students at PHPI Benefit

Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
  • Encourage communication across institutions working to assist Haiti’s libraries.
  • Coordinate technical and in-kind assistance for Haiti’s libraries.
  • Raise money to support specific collection/archival recovery and preservation projects in Haiti

Sobe Export employees preparing the shipment for Haiti. August 2010

Preservation Training. June 2010

haiti academic projects
Haiti Academic Projects

with support from

LLMC Haiti Law Project

This title courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Guide to Haitian

Periodicals Online

next steps
Next Steps

Possible collaborations include contributing materials, sharing lesson plans, developing thematic collections, enriching metadata, creating online contextual supports and more!

Contact us with Questions or Suggestions!

Brooke Wooldridge –

Mark Sullivan –