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North and Central America (continent)

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 163 Collections and/or Records:

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2 photographs of Newfoundland inserted in 'The History of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1754-1783', M.A. Thesis by Gordon O. Rothney (1934)

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3061C
Scope and Contents

Photographer unknown. The prints form part of the thesis (RCMS 236) and are stored with it.

Dates: 1934
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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A mythology of Nova Scotia

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 254
Scope and Contents

An unpublished collection of typescript prose and poetry fragments, 162 pages, described by the author in a letter to the R.C.S. Librarian, 26 September 1996: 'This resulted out of a year spent in Cambridge in 1979-80 and the literary effort trying to mend the split in my mind between Cambridge and Nova Scotia/Canada'.

Dates: 1996-07
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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A view in Belize

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3078D
Scope and Contents 240 x 155 mm. A photographic copy of a mezzotint by A. Bayntun showing the Bridge across the Belize River which joins the northern and southern section of the city. This illustration forms the frontispiece of the 'Honduras Almanack for 1829', of which the Royal Commonwealth Society Library holds possibly the only extant copy. The other illustrations in the book have also been copied with negatives numbered as follows:A view in Belize - CN 2503Title page with coat of arms - CN...
Dates: 1979
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Album of coastal profiles

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 6
Scope and Contents Fifty-eighty pages of sepia drawings (12" x 6"), with captions and dates. The drawings give latitude and longitude, and appear to be competent renderings of coast profiles. The places featured include the Cape Verde Islands, Trinidad, Table Bay (including plan), Ceylon, Malaya and the East Indies, Macao, Sunda Straits, St Helena, Ascension and Britain. Some of the profiles, including those for Cape Town, Macao and Jamestown, St Helena, give details of buildings. None are signed, but...
Dates: 1783-12-30 - 1785-06-06
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Americas miscellanea

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 240
Scope and Contents

A wide range of material concerning different countries in North and South America, notably Canada, Belize and the West Indian islands. A number of the collections are comprised of single items, such as legal documents and paintings.

Dates: 1697 - 1988
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Andros Tomato Farm, Bahamas 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3071E
Scope and Contents Photographs contained in a report on a visit to the Colonial Development Corporation Tomato Project, Andros Is. Bahamas May 1952 by F. Hardy and R.E.D. Baker. Thirty copies of the 17 page typescript report were produced.1-6 Photographs taken Tuesday 13th May, 1952 between 9 and 10am after a night of heavy rain (2½ inches in about 8 hours). Each measuring 55 x 55 mm.7-12 Photographs of Andros Tomato Farm taken by Carl F. Warner (Acting Manager of the farm). Each measuring 100...
Dates: 1952
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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A.P.G. Austin photographs of the West Indies 1902-1922

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y307I
Scope and Contents Photographs on three disbound album sheets, relating chiefly to the eruption of Mont Pelé, Martinique, on 8 May 1902 when Austin was sent back to find out what had happened to the members of the Colonial Bank. They are by A.P.G. Austin and others and the majority are small snapshots. Captions have been added, chiefly by comparison with the photographs listed in Y307E. Numbers 1-17 were taken on St Pierre between 11 and 14 May (according to a note on the pages) presumably by Austin, with...
Dates: 1902 - 1922
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Army uniforms of the Empire and Commonwealth, 1860s-1940s

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011Q
Scope and Contents

A collection of loose prints of various sizes, printed reproductions and other ephemera relating to the uniforms of overseas military units. The prints are by various photographers. The file also includes a photocopy copy of Tylden's Royal Commonwealth Society Library Talk - 'The history of the overseas armed forces' (10 April 1960).

Dates: 1860 - 1949
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Articles from 'The Field'

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 322
Scope and Contents Ten volumes of cuttings from 'The field', including a few articles from other publications, and loose cuttings concerning the Malay Peninsula. The volumes concern countries throughout the world, but in particular Australia, British East Africa (Kenya), Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Rhodesia, South Africa, Uganda, United States and the West Indies. The articles cover a wide range of subjects, including administration, agriculture, the British Empire, climate, colonisation,...
Dates: 1888 - 1921
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Asphalt Lakes, Trinidad

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3075D
Scope and Contents

A collection of photographs mounted on card, measuring approximately 205 x 155 mm., with brief typed captions pasted to the mounts. The collection shows stages in the extraction, transportation and refining of pitch from the asphalt lake at La Brea, in the south-west corner of the Island. Raleigh used the pitch from this lake to caulk his ships as early as 1585, declaring it to be the best he had ever used.

Dates: 1965
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Barbados and North-West Frontier Province

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3072E
Scope and Contents Three albums. Two of Barbados (dated 1918 and 1923) each containing photographs of both official and informal occasions as well as family members, and one smaller assorted album of thirty-six photographs including some of the North West Frontier Province (undated). All were collated by and belonged to H.E. Sir Charles O'Brien, KVCO, former Governor of the Seychelles and Barbados. Approximately two-thirds of the photographs relate to O'Brien's life as Governor. The majority are captioned...
Dates: 1918 - 1935
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Boosé Scrapbooks

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011YY
Scope and Contents

A collection of scrapbooks containing press cuttings, correspondance, photographs, tickets, invitations, menus and programmes.

Dates: 1912 - 1922
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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British activities in Yucatan

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 272
Scope and Contents

'British activities in Yucatan and on the Moskito Shore in the eighteenth century', a M.A. thesis for the University of London, 263 pages, with maps.

Dates: 1926
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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British enterprise in the West Indies

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 258
Scope and Contents

'British enterprise in the West Indies and British Honduras', 85 pages, apparently compiled from various official publications, with several original sketch maps. The document is neatly written and arranged, and is dated and signed 'J.N. Cooper, June 1884'. It may be a paper prepared for an activity of the Royal Colonial Institute. There are some accompanying press cuttings on the West Indies colonies.

Dates: 1884
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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British Honduras legal manuscripts

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 268
Scope and Contents

Collection of extracts from legal records of British Honduras. Some are copies, others appear to be original documents in the writing of Frederick's father, William Alexander Parker, Chief Justice of British Honduras.

Dates: 1859 - 1890
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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British Honduras manuscripts

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 269
Scope and Contents

Extracts from the archives, news cuttings and various original documents. They appear to have been compiled by Frederick Hardyman Parker, probably as research for a projected history of British Honduras. Some were likely collected by his father, William Alexander Parker, Chief Justice of British Honduras.

Dates: 1775 - 1890
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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British Honduras papers

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 270
Scope and Contents Arthur was an efficient administrator and kept copies of virtually every official letter he wrote during his tenure as Superintendent and Commandant. These include dispatches to Bathurst on colonial affairs and to the Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica, regarding military administration. Letters to neighbouring Spanish colonies reflect his diplomatic responsibilities. Part of the collection relates to Bradley’s dispute with Arthur, which went before Parliament in 1837. A series of Inland Letter...
Dates: 1803 - 1837
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Buildings of Edmonton, Alberta, 1912-13

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y306861B
Scope and Contents

A collection of prints mounted on heavy card, most measuring approximately 255 x 310 mm, captioned. The prints comprise montages of various groups of Edmonton buildings arranged by type.

Dates: 1912 - 1913
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Canada, Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Aden [Adan] and Galle

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3062B
Scope and Contents An album containing an excellent, if geographically eclectic, selection of views on prints of various sizes. The photographs are either captioned on the prints or more briefly on the mounts (with the exception of Y3062B/16 which is uncaptioned).The only two identified photographers in the album are both from the Canadian section:1-4, ?10 and 11-14 are signed by Alexander Henderson and 1-2 are also dated '1875'. Henderson (1831-1913) emigrated from Scotland to Montreal in 1855...
Dates: 1869 - 1875
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Canadian demonstrations 1983-84

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3062O
Scope and Contents

Coloured prints, taken by D.H. Simpson, relating to demonstrations in Canada.

Dates: 1983 - 1984
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Canadian Oil Production. c.1965

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3062G
Scope and Contents

A collection of loose prints most measuring approximately 240 x 190 mm, with detailed explanatory captions. The photographs illustrate research, geological surveying and drilling operations. Y3062G/1 and Y3062G/9 are by Ronald Vickers.

Dates: 1965
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Canadian Pacific Railway, British Columbia

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3069A
Scope and Contents An album containing mounted prints measuring approximately 245 x 190 mm and with handwritten captions beneath the prints. The name J. Walker Marsh is signed inside the front cover. The album shows the path of the railway through the Fraser Canyon.Origins of the Canadian Pacific Railway.From its first conception in the 1860s the difficulties attendant on building an ocean-to-ocean railway across Canada centred as much on a complex of economic and political factors as on the...
Dates: 1885
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Canadian Pacific Railway, British Columbia

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3069B
Scope and Contents An album containing mounted prints measuring approximately 245 x 190 mm, with handwritten captions beneath the prints. The name J Walker Marsh is signed inside the front cover. The album shows the path of the railway along the Thompson River, past Kamloops and towards Eagle Pass.David Mattison has identified numbers 1, 3-6, 8-9, 11, 13 and 16-18 as the work of the British photographer Charles Macmunn (1840?-1903). Macmunn was a native of Manchester, England, who worked out of...
Dates: 1885
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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Captain James Cook Memorial, Kealakeakua Bay, Hawaii, circa 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y309992A
Scope and Contents

A collection of three glass plate negatives measuring 215 x 165 mm, briefly captioned and signed by the photographer, S.H. Davis. Modern prints have been made from the negatives.

Dates: 1890
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).
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CCCS Collection. Canada and Australia: CCCS Activities

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011DDD(LS)
Scope and Contents A collection of glass lantern slides measuring 82 x 82 mm. The collection reflects the CCCS's work among rural communities in Canada and the Australian outback. It includes slides of missionary vans, schools, hospitals, hymn slides, a few historical scenes and many slides demonstrating rural life. Rather more than half have identifying captions and, as far as possible, they have been arranged geographically, in both countries from east to west. It has not been possible in the case of...
Dates: 1910 - 1930
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. 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).

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