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Department of History and Archaeology
Frank Cundall's Robert Sedgwick: The start of a wartime colonial research project
Jamaican Historical Society Bulletin
Date of Publication
In 1917 Frank Cundall was 59 and had reached a turning point in his research. He had been Secretary and Librarian of the Institute of Jamaica since 1891. Hired 12 years after its foundation, he had successfully steered the institution through not only the swingeing government cutbacks of the early years of the twentieth century, but the even greater crisis of the 1907 Kingston earthquake and fire which destroyed most of the city centre and shook down the upper floor of the institute's builiding. With minuscule purchasing funds he had built its West India Reference Library into a remarkable collection of rare books, prints and manuscripts. Meanwhile he earned a well-deserved reputation as an expert in matters West Indian.....