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Nicholas Darnell Davis collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 259

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 [Guyana], Barbados and the United States. His intention to compose a comprehensive history of the West Indies was frustrated by ill health. Titles and captions, including the names of institutions, have been recorded as found and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation.


  • Creation: 1752 - 1915


Conditions Governing Access

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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


Dutch; Flemish

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.


Davis wrote 'Cavaliers and roundheads of Barbados' (Demerara, 1883) which drew upon sources within the collection.


This collection level description was created by NE and MJC.


Davis, Nicholas Darnell, 1846-1915, historian

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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