Yale Acquires Archives of an Eighteenth-Century Jamaican Plantation Owner

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired the archives of Thomas Thistlewood, a British plantation owner in Jamaica in the 18th century. The archives include 92 volumes of notebooks and diaries, spanning more than 35 years.

The diaries, which cover the years 1750 to 1786, provide a detailed account of the racial, sexual, and economic aspects of life on a Jamaican plantation.

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