The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 37, Issue 2

Article 5
Eric Williams, the Bibliophile and Scholar

Brinsley Samaroo


The published works of Eric Williams are well known. Caribbean people also remember him as Trinidad and Tobago’s first prime minister, one of the intellectual founders of the University of the West Indies and a strong advocate of West Indian federation. What is not so well known is his intense love of books, his constant advocacy of library-building in the region, his promotion of research in Caribbean history and the publication of historical works. The Eric Williams Memorial Collection in the library of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, bears ample testimony to his scholarly pursuits. This collection also gives an insight into the sources of inspiration and information for many of his speeches and extensive writing.