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Sugar Estate and Coffee Papers of Henry E. Emerson


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Papers relating to the sugar estates of La Palma (and the coffee estate of La Buena Esperanza) in Cuba, owned by Henry E. Emerson esq. and his heir. Many entries relate to the rebellion in the island 1869-73. The papers include legal documents, correspondence, accounts, day-books, weekly records of work done, lists of African and Cuban-born slaves/labourers, the diary of a La Palma worker, and an infirmary book.


  • Creation: 1826-1899


1.48 Linear metres (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Spanish; Castilian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Span. b. 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Span. b. 1-3, c. 2a, c. 2b, c. 3-10, f. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12945


Sugar Estate and Coffee Papers of Henry E. Emerson

Biographical / Historical

Henry E. Emerson (d. 1867) was a plantation owner in Cuba.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 31682-31691, 33767-33770.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

MSS. Span. c. 2a, c. 2b, c. 3-10 were presented to the Library by P.H. Emerson, of Claringold, Broadstairs (son of Henry E. Emerson), 18 December 1894. MS. Span. b. 1-3, f. 1 were presented by P. H. Emerson, esq., in June, 1907.

Physical Facet

On paper

Sugar and Coffee Estate Papers of Henry E. Emerson
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom