The UWI at Mona Launches Seaga collection

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The Main Library of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies just unveiled portions of the collection of documents assembled by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Seaga, who since retiring from active politics in 2005 has been a Distinguished Fellow at the University, has compiled a “tantalizing set of historical documents” chronicling some of the most important historical events in the Caribbean in the last 50 years. Already described as the “most extensive” collection of Jamaica’s social and political history in one location, the body of works comprises a compilation of 27 speeches made by Seaga in the past four years titled “Revelations: Beyond Political Boundaries,” a book titled The Grenada Intervention: the Inside Story, Seaga’s autobiography in two volumes, digitized collection of papers and recordings and a compilation of macroeconomic data from 1950 to 2007.

Seaga served as prime minister of Jamaica between 1980 and 1989 and as leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1980 and then again from 1989 until he retired in 2005. Of his work on the collection, Seaga had this to say: “I have always wanted to do something like this because I’m naturally inclined to research and writing. I spent my early years living in villages and in inner-city communities and it has allowed me to have a broader view of Jamaica and of politics. I entered politics to be able to have a platform to bridge the Jamaica in which I lived and the Jamaica from which I came; the two Jamaicas.”

Not all components of the collection are complete. The compilation of addresses is scheduled to be printed within a week; volume one of the autobiography should be in book stores by October while volume two will be on sale by the middle of next year; the macroeconomic database will be posted on the university’s website and should be available to the public by July this year; the digitization process has at least another year to go before it is completed.

 The illustration above, by Clovis Brown, cartoonist for The Jamaica Observer can be found at in its original context at http://www.first-magazine.net/2008/05/12/the-trouble-with-clovis/

For more on the launch of the collection see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20090502T220000-0500_150667_OBS_THE_WAIT_IS_STILL_ON_FOR_THE_TANTALISING_SEAGA_COLLECTION_.asp

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