Published Histories and Travelogues:

RICHARD LIGON. A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes (London: Humphrey Moseley, 1657). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

ANONYMOUS. Memoirs of the First Settlement of the Island of Barbados (London: E. Owen, 1743). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive.

GEORGE FRERE. A Short History of Barbados, from its First Discovery and Settlement to the End of the Year 1767 (London: J. Dodsley, 1767). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive.

JOHN POYER. The History of Barbados from the First Discovery of the Island in the Year 1605 till the Accession of Lord Seaforth 1801 (London: J. Mawman, 1808). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive.

GEORGE PINCKARD. Notes on the West Indies: Written during the expedition under the command of the late General Sir Ralph Abercromby: including observations on the island of Barbados…2 Vols. (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orne, 1806). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

PIERRE BAPTISTE LABAT. The Memoirs of Pere Labat, 1693-1705: First English Translation, ed. Jean Baptiste (London: Frank Cass, 1931). Access: Available through ILL. Note: Pierre Baptiste Labat visited Barbados in the first decade of the eighteenth century.

JOHN FOWLER. A General Account of the Calamities Occasioned by the Late Tremendous Hurricanes and Earthquakes in the West India Islands (London: J. Stockdale and W. Richardson, 1781). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

Pamphlets, Guides, and Manuals:

ANONYMOUS. Great Newes from Barbadoes…(London: L. Curtis, 1676). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive.

ANONYMOUS. A Continuation of the State of New England…Together with an Account of the Intended Rebellion of the Negroes in Barbados (London, 1676). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive.

J.W. ORDERSON. Directions to Young Planters for their Care and Management of a Sugar Plantation in Barbadoes (London: T. Bensley, 1800). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive.

EDWIN LASCELLES ET AL. Instructions for the Management of a Plantation in Barbadoes and for the Treatment of Negroes (London, 1786). Access: Original manuscript in the Barbados National Archives (BNA)

SAMUEL ESTWICK. Considerations on the Negroe Cause Commonly so Called, Addressed to the Right Honourable Lord Mansfield (London: J. Dodsley, 1773). Access: available to read in full on various internet databases such as Slavery & Anti-Slavery A Transnational Archive. Note: Samuel Estwick was the Barbadian agent in London.

Administrative Records:

W. NOEL SAINSBURY (ed.). Calendar of State Papers Colonial Series, America and the West Indies, multiple volumes, (London: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, 1893). Access. Most of the Calendar of State Papers Colonial Series is available to read online through databases like British History Online.

VARIOUS. Minutes of the Colonial Council and Assembly. Access: HA3.7 in BNA in Black Rock, Barbados. Note: these records have not been digitized and they exist only in manuscript.

VARIOUS. Barbados Minutes of Council. Access: CO 31/30 in TNA in Kew, London, and in the Lucas MSS in the Barbados Public Library (BPL) in Bridgetown.

VARIOUS. Board of Trade Correspondence to Barbados. Access: CO 28/55 in TNA in Kew, London.

WILLIAM DICKSON. Letters on Slavery by William Dickson, formerly private secretary to the late Hon. Edward Hay, Governor of Barbadoes. To which are added, Addresses to the Whites, and to the Free Negroes of Barbadoes; and Accounts of some Negroes Eminent for their Virtues and Abilities (London: J. Philips and J. Johnson and Elliot and Kay, 1789). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

Religious Records:

VARIOUS. Papers Related to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Access: Much of the papers related to the SPG are available to read online at British Online Archives.

Laws of Barbados:

JOHN BASKETT (ed.). Acts of Assembly, passed in the Island of Barbadoes, from 1648, to 1718 (London: John Baskett, 1721). Access: Available through ILL.

RICHARD HALL (ed.). Acts, Passed in the Island of Barbados, from 1643, to 1762, Inclusive, 2 Vols. (London: R. Hall, 1764). Access: Available through ILL.

SAMUEL MOORE (ed.). The Public Acts in Force, Passed by the Legislature of Barbados from May 11, 1762-April 8, 1800 Inclusive (London: 1801). Access: Available through ILL.

ELSA GOVEIA (ed.). The West Indian Slave Laws of the 18th Century (Caribbean Universities Press, 1970). Access: Available through ILL.

Note: For manuscript versions of the Barbados laws, see CO 30/2 in TNA at Kew, London.

Newspapers:

Barbados Gazette (f. 1731). Access: Available to search on the database Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

The Barbadian (f. 1820s). Access: Available to search on the database Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

Barbados Mercury (f. 1766). Access: Available to search on the database Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

Barbados Globe and Colonial Advocate (f. 1833). Access: Available to search on the database Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

Barbados Globe and Demerara Advocate (f. 1828). Access: Available to search on the database Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

Note: Many of these papers are housed at the Barbados Public Library in Bridgetown

Local Records:

Note: See the Barbados National Archives in Black Rock, Barbados, for deed record books (RB3), will record books (RB6), inventories, church and parish burial records, marriage records, christening and baptism records, and birth records. See the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in the Garrison for historic census records.

VARIOUS. St. Michael Vestry Minutes. BNA.

JOANNE MCREE SANDERS. Barbados Records: Baptisms 1637-1800 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1984). Access: available through ILL.

JOANNE MCREE SANDERS. Barbados Records: Marriages 1643-1800 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1982). Access: available through ILL.

JOANNE MCREE SANDERS. Barbados Records: Wills and Administrations (Houston, TX: Sanders Historical Publications, 1979-1981). Access: available through ILL.

Inventory of James Marshall’s Haggatt Hall Plantation (1784). Access: Barbados National Archives (BNA).

Diaries: 

Nicholas Cresswell. The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777 (New York, L. MacVeagh, The Dial Press, 1924). Access: Portions of the journal are available in manuscript form in the Barbados National Archives, call number X10/10. Portions of chapter 3 of the diary relates to Cresswell’s experiences in Barbados (pages 29-40). A digitized copy of the journal is available online through the Library of Congress.

Unpublished Personal Papers:

The Newton Papers. Access: ICS at the Senate House Library, University of London. These papers are also available on microfilm at the UWI Cave Hill campus.

The Alleyne Papers. Access: ICS at the Senate House Library, University of London. Note: John Gay Alleyne was the speaker of the Barbados House of Assembly.

Codrington Papers. Access: SPG Archives in Lambeth Palace Library, London.

Davis Transcripts. Access: Royal Commonwealth Society, London.

Lucas Manuscripts. Access: Barbados Public Library, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Egerton Manuscripts. Access: The British Library, London.

Stowe Manuscripts. Access: The British Library, London.

Lowther’s Papers. Access: The British Library, London.

Sloane Manuscripts. Access: The British Library, London.

Hardwick Papers.  Access: The British Library, London.

Reports: 

Select Committee of the House of Assembly Appointed to Inquire into the Origins, Causes, and Progress of the Late Insurrection (Barbados, 1818).

Committee of the Council of Barbados, Appointed to Inquire into the Actual Condition of the Slaves of this Island (Barbados, 1822).

Debate in Council on a Dispatch from Lord Bathurst to Governor Warde of Barbados (London, 1828).

Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society: 

A lot of information about the materials in the Barbados archives has been published in the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. This journal is not indexed on many of the basic academic databases (like JSTOR). If your institution does not subscribe to the journal, you can request that they do or purchase an individual membership on the website of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.