About Tobago Archives

Discover Tobago’s unique documentary heritage at the Tobago Archives.  With over 200 years of original archival records lodged in our storage vault, our unparalleled collection contains many stories about Tobago’s history.

There are thousands of archival records in our collection, including  manuscripts, correspondence, journals, registers, account books, meeting minutes, digital photographs, maps, government publications and historic newspapers.

The collection is particularly strong on subjects related to British colonialism, sugar cultivation and exports, enslavement, administration of justice, the unification of Trinidad and Tobago and the Tobago internal self-governance movement.  A treasure trove for diverse researchers, records in our collection can be used to a lesser extent, to trace family history, land and plantation estate ownership and to gain a better understanding of the Tobagonian cultural and societal practices, economy and governance systems of yesteryears.

The core of our collection was created in the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, during the British colonization of Tobago. We also have records which were created during the French occupation of the island.