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De Josselin de Jong’s St. Thomas diary in library KITLV

De Josselin de Jong’s diary of the 1922-1923 archaeological expedition to St. Thomas, St. John, Saba, St. Eustatius, Curacao and Aruba is preserved in the library of the KITLV. It consists of one notebook in which De Josselin de Jong never uses a word of Negerhollands, but in which the process  of finding and interviewing informants (on St. Thomas and St. John), and finding older texts is presented more or less clearly. He even mentions an unknown Jesaiah manuscript, which he tried to copy during his last week on St. John. I hope to publish some examples from or pictures of the diary soon.

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The only page left of Nelson’s notebook