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Camps-Campins greeting card collection

Identifier: SC19

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises the greeting cards prepared and researched by Adrian Camps-Campin. Each card depicts a historic event in Trinidad and Tobago and is enhanced with notes from research sources.


  • 1973-1997

Biographical / Historical

Adrian Camps-Campins, artist, was educated at St. Mary's College, Port of Spain and at the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Insurance College at Surbiton, Surrey. He was exposed to art at an early age and experimented with portraiture done from photographs. His interest in the history of Trinidad and Tobago led him to create paintings of historical events, places, and people. In an effort to be authentic, he didoes extensive preparatory research and has built his own archive in the process.

His first such painting was Christopher Columbus and his fleet in the Bocas del Dragon in 1498, which was made into a greeting card. His works are inspired by old photographs, newspaper clippings, historical events, and oral history interviews. His work therefore uses the medium of art to depict significant insights into the history of people, places and events in Trinidad and Tobago. His cards also include detailed explanations of the events and locations in his painting, thus making them extremely valuable as an historical resource.

Some of the images on the cards are done by Joan Camps-Campin.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged by title of card A-Z.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Mr. Adrian Camps-Campins.


Ramcharitar, Roger. "History relived at the stroke of a brush." Trinidad Guardian, Jan. 1, 1998, p 26.


In 1977 his design of Christohper Columbus was used on a five-cent stamp and in 1993 another of his paintings was chosen by UNICEF for one of their cards to be sold internationally.

Camps-Campins Greeting Card Collection
Special Collections Department
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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)