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A Guide to the A.S. Arnold's Photo Album and Diary of a Trip to Jamaica

Finding aid created by John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
June 2010

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Arnold, A. S.
Title: A.S. Arnold's Photo Album and Diary of a Trip to Jamaica
Dates: 1904
Abstract: Photo album and travel diary documenting a 1904 trip to Jamaica taken by three New York doctors.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 1 album.
Identification: MS Group 272
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Scope and Content

Three New York doctors, S.F. Jones, S. Van Ingen, and A.S. Arnold, travelled to Jamaica in January 1904 aboard the United Fruit Company steamship "Beverly" from Philadelphia to Port Antonio. A.S. Arnold assembled this photo album and travel diary of their trip, which took place between January 11 and January 28, 1904. The three travelers adopted names for the trip: Jones was called Brother Streptococcus, Ingen was called Brother Alopecia, and Arnold was called Brother Seborrhea. These names are used throughout the album, and "Brother Seborrhea" is embossed on the front cover.

The photographs in the album are accompanied by hand-written diary entries documenting the travelers' activities and observations while aboard the ship and in Jamaica. The album was assembled in chronological order and most of the entries are dated. A few of the early pages show the voyage on the Beverly, but the majority of the photos show street scenes in Port Antonio and Kingston, including marketplaces, buildings, and people. Other subjects represented in the photos are: St. Jago de la Vega, St. Margaret's Bay, fishermen, school children, the countryside, and a banana plantation. The diary entries are lengthy and rich with detail and commentary. Some of the entries reveal the travelers' negative attitudes towards the black citizens of Jamaica, particularly in Kingston.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions for this album are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], A.S. Arnold's Photo Album and Diary of a Trip to Jamaica, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 2002.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Jamaica -- Description and travel.
Jamaica -- Pictorial works.

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