Finding Aid for Theodore Walker's A trip to the West Indies, 1908

Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee September 2004; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Theodore Walker A trip to the West Indies
Date (inclusive): 1908
Collection number: 170/684
Creator: Walker, Theodore
Extent: 91 leaves : paper, ill. ; 250 x 200 mm. bound to 257 x 207 mm.
Abstract: This bound manuscript consists of the typescript of a journal kept during a 1908 trip to the West Indies, along with sixty-nine photographs and clippings tipped in.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

1998 purchase, William Reese Company.

Processing Note

Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee September 2004, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Theodore Walker A trip to the West Indies (Collection Number 170/684). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Little is known about Theodore Walker. According to the manuscript, he appears to have been from Essex, England, possibly from Feering or Leicester. A deeply patriotic Englishman, he was also interested in religion, education, and colonialism.

Scope and Content

This bound manuscript includes the typescript of a journal kept during a 1908 trip to the West Indies, sixty-nine photographs (most of which were apparently taken by the author), an essay titled "A Trip to the West Indies", a letter signed by "T. Walker", and four newspaper articles attributed to Theodore Walker, three of which appear under the title "A Trip to the West Indies". Among other places, Walker visited Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, and Panama. The manuscript focuses on important issues in the West Indies for Edwardian Britain: race, British colonialism, the United Fruit Company and American economic interests, the Panama Canal, education, and religion. Although Walker's name does not appear in the journal itself, it seems very likely that he was its author; the events mentioned and attitudes expressed in the journal closely match those in Walker's newspaper articles. The photographs show a variety of scenes with both British and West Indian individuals; many of the photographs are in poor condition.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Genres and Forms of Material

Manuscripts.

Related Material

Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Container List

 

Hymn written in pencil on four loose leaves and three photographs (Feering Church, Feering Vicarage, and unlabeled costal view) laid in

 

ff. 2r-7r: From London to Barbados; Bridgetown, Barbados

 

ff. 7r-13r: Trinidad (from ship); Colon and Panama City, Panama

 

ff. 14r-38r: Jamaica: Kingston, Spanish Town, Newcastle, Williamsfield, Mandeville, Montpelier, Everton, Bog Walk, Port Antonio

 

ff. 39r-43r: At sea; "Calebra Cut" (Panama Canal)

 

ff. 43r-48r: Baranquilla, Columbia; Venezuela

 

ff. 48r-67r: Port of Spain, Trinidad; Bathsheba, Barbados; Grenada

 

ff. 67r-74r: Martinique; Dominica; Saint Lucia; Barbados; return to England

 

ff. 75r-76r: Letter, T. Walker to "my dear workpeople" February 28, 1908

 

ff. 78r-79r: Notes on S. S. Oroya

 

ff. 80r-87r: "A Trip to the West Indies"

Scope and Content Note

an unsigned travel essay by a passenger of the Trent that discusses time spent on Trinidad, Grenada, Martinique, and Barbados
 

ff. 88r: Notes in passing

 

ff. 89r: a list of names: People we met and exchanged cards

 

ff. 90r: newspaper clipping titled "A Trip to the West Indies" by Mr. Theodore Walker

 

ff. 90v: newspaper clipping titled "A Trip to the West Indies. The Jamaica Earthquake: A Visit to Kingston" by Mr. Theodore Walker

 

ff. 91r: newspaper clipping titled "A Trip to the West Indies. The Panama Canal: Celebrated Works Described" by Mr. Theodore Walker

 

ff. 91v: newspaper clipping titled "Cousin Jonathan and Jamaica. Opening for Young Men with Money" by Mr. Theodore Walker