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Berbice plantation collection

 Collection — Box: BW-9
Identifier: MS-0519

Scope and Contents

This small collection of eight letters documents the administration of a plantation in the West Indies spanning 1809-1840. Each letter either mentions the slave population in general or discusses specific slaves. The letters are individually protected and are accompanied by typescripts. The collection is arranged in chronological order.


  • Creation: 1809-1840


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

During the time period of these letters, Hugh McCalmot lived in Belfast, Ireland, but maintained plantations in Berbice in the West Indies. Little else is known about McCalmont.


0.167 Cubic Feet (36 pages)

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The Berbice plantation collection consists of eight letters written by Hugh McCalmot, all concerning McCalmot's plantations in Berbice in modern day Guyana, South America dating 1809-1840.


The collection was purchased from Maggs Brothers, Ltd. in September 2009.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Kelly Spring on 23 December 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA