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Carlisle Chang collection

Identifier: SC84

Scope and Contents

The collection includes sketches of carnival costumes, numerous other sketch pads, photographs, slides, correspondence, newspaper clippings, documents relating to Carifesta V, transparencies, catalogues of art exhibitions and the medal of the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil which Chang received.


  • 1948-2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Carlisle Chang was born in San Juan, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, in 1921. His father was a migrant from China and his mother, who was also of Chinese descent, was from British Guiana. Throughout a 60-year career in art, Chang was a mural and easel painter as well as a designer for carnival, theatre and ballet. As a designer of carnival costumes, Chang won the designers Prize several times. Some of his designs have been depicted on national postage stamps. The 1997 CLICO calendar which became a collector's item, was one of his last major works. He died on May 6, 2001.


10 Linear Feet

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The collection was rearranged in 2011 into the following series: Biography, Correspondence, Subject files A-Z, Theatre and Dance, Costume Designs, Carnival Activities, Newspaper clippings, Photographs, Slides and negatives, Memorabilia, Oversized materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed to the Main Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine by Mr. Carlisle Chang. The Collection was received in 2004.

Related Materials

The Irma Goldstraw papers held at the Main Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine also contains a folder of material relating to Carlisle Chang.

Books from the personal library of Carlisle Chang are held at the Festival Library and Cultural Resource Centre, Centre for the Creative and Festival Arts, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.


The Carlisle Chang collection was named to the Trinidad and Tobago Memory of the World Register in 2010.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
868-662-2002 Ext 82132
868-662-9238 (Fax)