Simón Bolívar Collection

Identifier: MSS.1060

  • Staff Only


These papers relate to Benjamin Clement's offer to help Simón Bolívar seek exile in Jamaica, to the dissolution of Gran Colombia in 1830, and to Bolívar's sword and cloak, which ended up in Clement's possession.


  • 1830 - 1861

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This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical / Historical

Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) led the present-day countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela to independence from the Spanish Empire between 1810 and 1825.

Belford Hinton Wilson (c. 1804-1858) was Simón Bolívar’s aide-de-camp.

Benjamin Clement (1785-1835), a Royal Navy captain, offered to help Simón Bolívar seek exile in Jamaica in 1815. He had two sons: Benjamin Prowting Clement (1813-1873) and William Thomas Clement (1820-1864).


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Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Simón Bolívar Collection
Mary McSparran
February 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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