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Guide to the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA) records, 1960s-2005

Summary

Clippings, reports, publications, and photographs from Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominican Repulic, Grenada, and other Caribbean countries, collected and produced by the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA). Materials document human rights, government and democracy, and labor conditions in the Caribbean, and largely date from the 1970s and 1980s.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11660
Title
Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA) records
Date
1960s-2005
Extent
6 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The EPICA collection consists of approximately 4 linear feet of material contained in four cartons. Countries represented include Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, and the French Antilles. Within each box, documents are in folders labeled by country and year(s), about 10-15 folders per country.

The documents were collected in the Caribbean by staff of EPICA (Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean, a small DC-based group originally funded mainly by the Latin American and Caribbean Office of the National Council of Churches, but no longer operating). The founder and first director of EPICA was the Rev. Philip E. Wheaton.

The documents include newsletters, leaflets, position statements, advocacy materials, analytical papers, and the like, from grassroots groups, political parties, church bodies, academics, etc. Most of the material is from the 1970s and 1980s, with a small amount from the early 1990s.

For each country there is also a folder of notes from interviews with grassroots activists, political party figures, academics, journalists, trade unionists, etc. These are not transcripts, as the interviews were not taped, but handwritten notes on what the person said.

In addition, there are printed materials, mostly publications by EPICA.

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Arrangement

Arranged into series: Country Files, arranged geographically by country; Publications, listed by title.

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[Identification of item], Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Country Files, 1960s-1990s

Country Files were collected, arranged, and preserved by EPICA staff. The documents include newsletters, leaflets, position statements, advocacy materials, analytical papers, and the like, from grassroots groups, political parties, church bodies, academics, etc.

For most countries there is also a folder of notes from interviews, largely conducted by Catherine Sunshine with grassroots activists, political party figures, academics, journalists, trade unionists, etc. These are not transcripts, as the interviews were not taped, but handwritten notes on what the person said. The interviewee's identification is included when known.

Some countries also include an assortment of photographs; most are reference images or copies and include captions from various publications or archives.

Dominican Republic interview notes, 1983, 1986
Box 1
Antonio Aquino, 1986

Secretary General, Central General de Trabajadores (CGT). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Eduardo Díaz Guerra, 1983

Editor, Revista CEPAE, magazine of Centro de Planificación y Acción Ecuménica (CEPAE). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Juan Bolívar Díaz, 1983

Editor, El Nuevo Diario newspaper, Santo Domingo. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Unidentified, 1986

Informants in Hato Damas, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Rosario Espinal, 1986

Sociologist, political analyst, human rights activist. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Antonio Florián, 1986

Leadership, Federación Nacional de Trabajadores Azucareros, Agrícolas y Afines (FENAZUCAR). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Santiago Hirujo Sosa, 1983

Journalist, El Nuevo Diario newspaper, Santo Domingo; Catholic priest. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Ramón Jiménez, 1986

Movimiento Campesino Independiente (MCI). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Unidentified, 1983

Movimiento Campesino Independiente (MCI). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Elvidia Moronta de Martínez, 1986

Comité para la Defensa de los Derechos Barriales (COPADEBA). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Octavio Rivera, 1983

Comité Político del Bloque Socialista. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Santiago Sosa Castillo, 1986

Executive secretary of Centro de Planificación y Acción Ecuménica (CEPAE). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Claudio Tavarez Belliard, 1983

Activist. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 1
Dominican Republic chronological files, 1964-1990s
(14 folders)
Box 1
Dominican Republic photographs, 1980s
Box 1
Jamaica interview notes, 1982-1987
Box 2
Neville Duncan, 1982

Chair, Dept. of Government, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Don Robotham, 1983

Founding member, Workers Party of Jamaica. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Wesley Hughes, 1983

Director of economics and statistics, Jamaica Bauxite Institute. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Dorrit Bent, 1983

Caribbean Conference of Churches Women's Program. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Horace Levy, 1983

Director, Social Action Centre, Kingston. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Horace Levy, 1984

Director, Social Action Centre, Kingston. Interviewed by Don Foster.

Box 2
Michael Witter, 1984

Economist and lecturer, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Interviewed by Don Foster.

Box 2
Anthony Bogues, 1984

Political education secretary and executive member, People's National Party. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Anthony Bogues, 1986

Political education secretary and executive member, People's National Party. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Michael Thelwell, 1986

Novelist, screenwriter, civil rights activist. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Beverley Manley, 1987

Former first lady of Jamaica, PNP activist. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Jamaica chronological files, 1973-1991
(16 folders)
Box 2
Jamaica photographs, 1970s-1980s
Box 2
Puerto Rico interview notes, 1983-1987
Box 2
Juan Manuel Carrión, 1984

President, board of directors, Center for Study of the Puerto Rican Reality (CEREP). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Juan Castañer, 1986

Center for Study of the Puerto Rican Reality (CEREP). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Carmen Gautier Mayoral, 1987

Professor and director, Social Science Research Center, University of Puerto Rico. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Alfonso Román Morales, 1983

National Ecumenical Movement of Puerto Rico (PRISA). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Eunice Santana Melecio, 1983

Coordinator, National Ecumenical Movement of Puerto Rico (PRISA). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine.

Box 2
Puerto Rico chronological files, 1960s-1974
(4 folders)
Box 2
Puerto Rico chronological files, 1975-1999
(16 folders)
Box 3
Puerto Rico: Libros Para el Pueblo, published by Division de Educacion de la Comunidad in the Depto. de Instruccion Publica, 1954-1969
(3 folders)

Booklets (incomplete set) edited and authored (in part) by Rene Marques. Includes: De como se vive en distintas partes del mundo (number 2, 1966); 5 Cuentos de miedo (number 6, 1966); El nino y su mundo (number 7, 1954); La Familia (number 9, 1967); Los Derechos del Hombre (number 10, 1968); 4 Cuentos de mujeres (number 13, 1967); Lucha Obrera (number 15, undated); Las Manos y el Ingenio del Hombre (number 23, 1966); Las Ideas, los Otros, y Yo (number 23, 1966); Nuestros Hijos (number 24, 1966); Isla y Pueblo (number 28, 1968); Liderato (number 29, 1969); Que Sabemos del Huracan? (unnumbered, undated)

Box 4
French Antilles interview notes, 1982-1987
Box 4
Frantz Succab, 1987

Ja Ka Ta magazine; independence activist. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Jacques Adélaïde Merlande, 1987

Historian. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Martinique.

Box 4
Père Pierre Fertin, 1987

Catholic priest; editor, Information Caraib newsletter. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Dany Bébel-Gisler, 1982

Linguist, sociologist, educator; researcher with Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Gilbert Pago, 1984

Member of political bureau of Groupe Révolution Socialiste (GRS). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Martinique.

Box 4
Nikol (Nicol) Verepla, 1987

Primary school teacher; member of Chrétiens pour la Libération du Peuple Guadeloupéen. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Gilbert Bienville, 1982

Chrétiens pour la Libération du Peuple Guadeloupéen. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Père Serge Plocoste, 1982

Catholic priest; Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Père Serge Plocoste, 1987

Catholic priest; Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Père Albert Blanchard, 1987

Catholic priest. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Frantz Narbonnais, 1987

Teacher. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Sr. Marcelle Wachter, 1982

Catholic sister, Presbytère Baie-Mahault. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Sr. Marcelle Wachter, 1987

Catholic sister, Presbytère Baie-Mahault. Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Père Chérubin Céleste, 1982

Catholic priest, activist, led Mouvement Rural des Jeunesses Chrétiennes (MRJC). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
Unidentified, 1982

Union Populaire pour la Libération de la Guadeloupe (UPLG). Interviewed by Catherine Sunshine, Guadeloupe.

Box 4
French Antilles chronological files, 1978-1987
(3 folders)
Box 4
French Antilles photographs, 1980s
Box 4
Haiti chronological files, 1989-1998
(4 folders)
Box 4
Trinidad and Tobago chronological file, 1990
Box 4
Guyana chronological file, 1990-1991
Box 4
Grenada photographs, 1980s
(3 folders)

Includes set of photographs (and negatives) taken by Catherine Sunshine (1980-1982) and used in EPICA publication "Grenada: The Peaceful Revolution" publication (c. 1982). Also includes official U.S. Defense Dept. and White House photographs from the 1983 Marine invasion of Grenada. Also includes snapshots of Grenadians and library reproductions of photographs from colonial period (1915 and 1953).

Box 4
EPICA publications, 1979-2005

Bound printed publications, largely published by EPICA and its partners. Includes reference and educational materials about Caribbean countries and people in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Grenada, as well as regional discussions of politics, independence, and culture.

EPICA Task Force. Jamaica: Caribbean Challenge. A People's Primer, 1979
Box 4
EPICA Task Force. Puerto Rico: A People Challenging Colonialism. A People's Primer, 1976
Box 4
Sunshine, Catherine A., and EPICA. The Caribbean: Survival, Struggle, and Sovereignty, 1988
Box 4
Wheaton, Philip, and EPICA. The Iron Triangle: The Honduran Connection, 1981
Box 4
EPICA Task Force. Grenada: The Peaceful Revolution, 1982
Box 4
EPICA and Network of Educators' Committees on Central America. Caribbean Connections: Classroom Resources for Secondary Schools. Overview of Regional History, 1991
Box 4
EPICA and Network of Educators' Committees on Central America. Caribbean Connections: Classroom Resources for Secondary Schools. Puerto Rico, 1990
Box 4
EPICA and Network of Educators' Committees on Central America. Caribbean Connections: Classroom Resources for Secondary Schools. Jamaica, 1991
Box 4
Racine, Marie M. B. and EPICA. Like the Dew that Waters the Grass: Words from Haitian Women, 1999
Box 4
Johnson, Fay Clarke. Soldiers of the Soil (New York: Vantage Press), 1995.
Box 4
Sistren Theatre Collective, edited by Honor Ford Smith. Lionheart Gal: Life Stories of Jamaican Women (London: Women's Press), 1986.
Box 4
Teaching for Change (Washington DC). Caribbean Connections: Moving North, 2005
Box 4
 

Historical Note

EPICA was originally founded in 1968, as the Ecumenical Program for Inter-American Communication and Action. It aimed to provide resources for political and economic analysis, spiritual reflection and social action, projecting the voices, perspectives and movements of the global South; strengthen ties of solidarity with grassroots organizations and movements in the global South; raise critical awareness among people of the United States about the impact of corporate globalization, neo-liberalism and militarism in the Americas and the struggle of the poor to create just and peaceful alternatives; mobilize constituencies to challenge USA, corporate and global institutions that cause economic injustice, violence and exclusion in the Americas.


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Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, Aug. 2018.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2018-0033