Dennis Mahabir Collection
SC18

Summary Information

Repository
The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies
Title
Dennis Mahabir collection
ID
SC18
Date
1881-1965
Extent
3.0 Linear feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Dennis Mahabir collection. The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Biographical/Historical note

Dennis Jules Mahabir was born in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, in April 1920. He was the son of Jules Mahabir, the first Indo-Trinidadian magistrate and Minnie Mahabir, founders of the Minerva Club and patrons of the Minerva Review, an early Indian literary magazine in Trinidad. Dennis Mahabir was the editor of the Spectator and associate editor of the Observer, two Indian literary magazines in Trinidad. He served as Mayor of Port-of-Spain, 1957-1960. He was also the author of the novel, The Cutlass is not for Killing (1970). He died in 1992.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists mainly of periodicals, including almost complete runs of the Spectator, Observer and Minerva Review and a few issues each of the Indian, Sentinel and Trinidad Presbyterian. It also includes the manuscript of his novel, a compilation of selected essays by Mahabir and a copy of the Report on the Carnival Riots (1881). There is, too, a copy of a novel entitled, Frustrated Love, which was printed "for Mrs. M. Mahabir".

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies

St. Augustine
868-662-2002 Ext 82132

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, acquired this collection in April 2002 from Sastri Mahabir, son of Dennis Mahabir.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • East Indians -- Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Indians -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Periodicals.

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Collection Inventory

The Indian 

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1
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1

1940: Sept. Vol. 4, No. 39 

1940: Dec. Vol. 4, No. 42 

1941: Jun. Vol. 4, No. 48 

1943: Aug. Vol. 7, No. 74 

1944: Sept. Vol. 8, No. 87 

1949: Oct. Vol. 13, No. 148 

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The Minerva Review, 1941-1944 

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2

1941: Apr. - Jun. Vol. 1, No. 1 

1941: Jul. - Sept. Vol.1, No. 2 

1941: Oct. - Dec. Vol.1, No. 3 

1942: Mar. - Aug. Vol. 2, No. 1 

1942: Sept. - Dec. Vol. 2 No. 2 

1943: Jan. - Jun. Vol. 3, No. 1 

1944: Jan. - Jun. Vol. 4, No. 1 

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New Dawn 

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1
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3

19??: P 9-23; Cover missing 

1940: Dec. Vol. 1, No. 2 

1941: Mar. Vol. 1, No. 5 

1941: Apr. Vol. 1, No. 6 

1941: May - Jun. Vol. 1, No. 7 

1941: Sept. Vol. 1, No. 10 

1941: Oct. Vol.1, No.11 

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Observer 

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1
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4

1942: Mar. Vol. 1, No. 3 

1943: May Vol. 2, No. 5 

1944: Vol 3: Nos. 5,6,8,9, 11, 12 

1945: Vol. 4, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 

1946: Vol 6, Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, 12 

1948: Dec. Vol. 7, No. 12 

1949: Vol. 8, Nos. 1, 2, 3 

1950: Oct. Vol. 9, No. 10 

1951: Oct. Vol. 10, No. 10 

1952: Nov. Vol. 11, No. 11 

1953: Vol. 12, Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 

1954: Vol. 13, Nos. 3, 5, 10 

1955: Jul. Vol 14, No. 7 

1956: Aug. Vol. 15, No. 8 

1964: Vol. 23, No. 12 

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Observer 1941-1942: Vol. 1, No 1-11 

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1
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5

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Observer: 1942-1943: Vol. 1, No. 12; Vol. 2 No. 1-12 

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6

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Sentinel 

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2
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1

1947: Vol. 2, Nos., 2, 4, 5 

1948: Vol. 3, No. 4 

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Trinidad Presbyterian 

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2
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2

1907: Aug. Vol IV, No. 8 

1935: Jan. Vol. XXXII, No. 1 

1937: Aug. Vol. XXXIV, Nos.8, 9, 11, 12 

1938: Vol. XXXV, Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 

1938 or 1939 p. 3-22 

1939: Vol. XXXVI, Nos. 1, 2,4 

1940: Vol. XXXVII, Nos. 6, 7, 8 

1941: Vol. XXXVIII, Nos. 7, 9, 10,12 

1956: p. 3-30 

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Other magazines 

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2
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3

The African and Colonial world, p. 3-20. year (unknown) 

The Beacon, March 1932 

Caribbean quarterly, West Indies Federation commemorative issue Vo. 5, No. 3, Apr. 1959 

Great thoughts, June 1953 

Jamaica and the West Indian review, Autumn 1963 

The Missionary monthly - Glimpses of Trinidad, June 1951 

Trinidad Radio Times Television, Vol. 11, No. 6, June 1962 

The West Indian review, July 1958 

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Other materials 

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2
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4

Caribbean Affairs: a framework for Caribbean Studies / M.G. Smith 

 Fortune, Jose R. Eh bien oui: an anthology of twenty poems in English and Creolese. 

From Dennis Mahabir, London 

 Erva. Frustrated love : a novel. 

General note

printed by Ben Durham Printing Works, 3 Ariapita Avenue, Port of Spain for the author Mrs. M. Mahabir of No. 2, Herbert Street , POS.

Report of the Conference on movement of persons within a British Caribbean Federation 

Report on the Legislative Council general elections 1956 

 Mahabir, Dennis. Selected essays /Dennis Mahabir. 

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Mr. Hamilton's report on the causes & disturbances in connexion with the carnival in Trinidad 1881 

General note

Report ends at page 8.

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2
Folder
5

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The cutlass is not for killing. Manuscript. 

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2
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6

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Spectator 

Bound Book 1: Sept. 1949-Aug. 1950 

Bound book 2: Sept. 1950- Aug. 1951 

Bound book 3: Sept. 1951-Aug. 1952 

Bound Book 4: Sept. 1952-Aug. 1953 

Bound Book 5: Sept. 1953-Aug. 1954 

Bound Book 6: Sept. 1955-Aug. 1956 

Bound book 7: Sept. 1956-Aug. 1957 

Bound book 8: Sept. 1957-Aug. 1958 

Bound book 9: Sept. 1958-Aug. 1959 

Bound book 10: Sept. 1959-Aug. 1960 

1959: Sept. Dec. 

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3
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1

1960: Copies for Jan. Feb. Mar. May, Jun., Jul. Aug. Oct. Nov. 

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2

1961: Copies for Anniversary; Feb. Mar. Apr. Jun. Jul. Aug. Oct. Nov. 

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1962: Copies for Jan. Feb. Mar. Jul.-Aug. Sept. Oct. Dec. 

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3
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4

1963: Jan. Feb. Mar. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. 

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1
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5

1964: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. 

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6

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