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Dame Olga Lopes Seale Collection 


This collection of an estimated 4, 842 items includes vinyl records, artifacts, photographs, postcards, brochures, greeting cards, letters, awards and plaques, certificates, VHS, CDs, DVDs, books, typewriters, the lounge chair in which Dame Olga sat to do her creative work, and copies of radio programmes that she presented. The collection was officially donated to the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies, Barbados on 11 May, 2012 and is currently housed in the Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit. The University is grateful to the family of the late Dame Olga Lopes Seale for recognizing the historical and cultural importance of her work and is honoured  that this campus was considered  a worthy beneficiary and custodian of this important community archive.  The UWI, Cave Hill Campus wishes to record its appreciation, in particular, to Auntie Olga’s granddaughter, Anne Bancroft, who was instrumental in having this archive vested in this Campus.  As a record of one woman’s impact on her community to effect positive social change, and her journey as one of the Caribbean’s first female broadcasters, this archive is an invaluable research tool. 

About Dame Olga Lopes Seale Archive : a Gift to the Giver

This archive was created to pay homage to the life and work of a woman who Barbadians and Guyanese consider the “Mother Teresa of the Caribbean.   Her selfless giving and compassion for the less fortunate among us, has touched the lives  of thousands of children, women, families, entertainers, the elderly, and statesmen  The archive includes a range of audiovisual formats that cover radio broadcasts, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, post cards, personal letters and papers, and  interviews.    In digitizing, recording, scanning and transcribing the various formats in the collection, every effort has been made to maintain the integrity of each item while protecting the privacy of persons whose names are part of sensitive documents.  

Project staff

•    RodneyGrant / Audio digitization

•   Usha Watson / Transcripts, editing, contents
•    Julia Atherley / Transcripts, editing, contents
•    Francia Welch / Transcripts, editing, contents
•    Takiyah Thorpe / Transcripts, editing, contents 
•    Ryan Carrington / Digitization, website management, systems support.  
•    Victor Lopez Deras / Glifos & Web Design 
•    Valerie Clarke / Coordination, research, script, transcripts, editing.
•    Grete Pasch / Project Coordination