D'Alberti Papers

    A resource here in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies commonly known as the D’Alberti Papers is highly recommended for anyone researching late 18th and early 19th century Newfoundland and Labrador. This 34 volume set which is now digitized contains typewritten copies of handwritten transcripts of Newfoundland material obtained from the Colonial Office Records in the Public Record Office, London, covering incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Colonial Office and the Governor's Office in Newfoundland, 1780-1825. When the Newfoundland government was preparing its case for presentation to the Privy Council over the ownership of Labrador in the early 1900s, it hired Leonora De Alberti (D’Alberti), a well-known British paleographist and her sister Amalia to search through the handwritten documents from the Colonial Office Records and transcribe correspondence and documents relating to Newfoundland and Labrador. This took several years to complete and resulted in a typescript of thousands of pages. Volumes are organized in date order with an index at the beginning of most, or in the first volume of a given year. Vol. 3, correspondence covering the years 1785-89, is missing at both the Provincial Archives and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. The sisters were sisters-in-law of Sir Charles Hutton, a St. John’s business man and musician. Leonora was one of the pioneers in the suffragette movement in England. She died on March 27, 1934 (London Times, March 28, 1934). Amalia died on March 20, 1949 (London Times, March 24, 1949).