Saturday 24 October, 2020

Digital history: Tobago archives return to Scarborough Library

Many of Tobago’s historical records are once again accessible to the public.

Tobago’s archives were formally reopened on June 26 at Scarborough Library Facility. 

Some records are more than two centuries old and have been digitised, making access more convenient. The archives include slave registries and plantation records; censuses, newspapers and journals; and even papers from cultural stalwart and anthropologist Dr JD Elder.

Administrator of the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy Cherryl-Ann Solomon said the archives are key to the island’s development.

“Libraries are an important cornerstone of a healthy community,” she said. “Libraries give people the opportunity to find jobs, explore medical research, experience new ideas and get lost in wonderful stories while at the same time providing a place for gathering. 

“Today we re-open the Tobago archives to do just that strengthen our communities.”

Several of the archive records were damaged by the 1997 earthquake that destroyed the original Scarborough Library.

About 70 per cent of the documents has been restored. 

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