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The St. Croix Landmarks Society Research Library & Archives represent a vital resource for academic and genealogical research.
Located at the Estate Whim Museum, the Library houses a superb collection of books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and archival materials that document Crucian and Virgin Islands culture and history. The facilities have been expanded to accommodate the collections in a climate-controlled environment.
The St. Croix Landmarks Society Research Library and Archives affords scholars, researchers, family historians, and others the opportunity to utilize its priceless treasures for research. This library is special in the Caribbean in that it is a rich source of research materials, often holding treasures relating to the Caribbean and the Virgin Islands which are not available in any other library or archive. The Virgin Islands is fortunate to have this extremely valuable and useful collection and personnel to assist local and off-island researchers.
The collection is open to all members of the public who are seriously seeking information and doing academic research. Materials can be used only at the Library and Archives. Membership in the St. Croix Landmarks Society is encouraged, as it helps to maintain and grow our collection.
The library holdings include the traditional research resources such as books, manuscripts, maps, artwork and even extensive collections of photographs. These resources resulted primarily from donations over the years of private collections. Manuscript collections continue to be acquired giving more research potential with the accessibility of primary source materials. These include personal, organizational, and business archives.
Graphic resources such as maps, artwork, and photographs often lend a dimension to research not found in more traditional resources. Some of the Library and Archives' holdings include drawings of the Virgin Islands from 1843-1844 by Henry Morton, drawings from 1856 by Dr. Allen Voorhees Lesley, and an extensive photographic collection from Axel Ovesen, an early photographer in Frederiksted (1902 - 1972.) In addition, there are street scenes from Christiansted and Frederiksted and images of buildings from both the towns and country estates in the 19th and 20th centuries. Numerous photographs of individuals have also been reproduced from family albums for the research collections.
The St. Croix Landmarks Society Library and Archives has grown largely because of the intense interest of Virgin Islanders, residents and visitors, as well as national and international scholars. The book collection, which is increasing almost daily, contains about six thousand volumes completely processed, and perhaps another six thousand volumes with limited processing.