Nicholas Darnell Davis collection
Scope and Contents
Davis had a life-long interest in the history of the West Indies and more specifically of Barbados, and this collection comprises a vast body of material gathered by him from archives in Britain, the Caribbean and Europe. He contributed many historical articles to newspapers and periodicals in British Guiana, Barbados and the United States. His intention to compose a comprehensive history of the West Indies was frustrated by ill health.
- 1752 - 1915
Conditions Governing Access
Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
Biographical / Historical
Nicholas Darnell Davis (1846-1915) was born in Grenada, and spent brief periods in Mauritius and Sierra Leone, but his main public career was in British Guiana [Guyana], where he served as Postmaster General (1876-1881), Comptroller of Customs (1881-1895), and Auditor-General (1895-1908).
15 archive box(es) (15 boxes) : paper/photograph
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
Other Finding Aids
Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 139-40.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by Nicholas Darnell Davis around 1915.
This collection level description was created by NE and MJC.
Davis, Nicholas Darnell, 1846-1915, historian
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