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A Guide to the Jerald T. Milanich Papers

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Milanich, Jerald T.
Title: Jerald T. Milanich Papers
Dates: 1976-1991
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, research materials, and various collected publications of Jerald T. Milanich.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 3 boxes.
Identification: Ms 221
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Jerald T. Milanich received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Florida (BA 1967, MA 1968, Ph.D. 1971). He continued his work at the University of Florida as an associate professor in 1972 and continues to the present as an adjunct professor for the department of Anthropology. Dr. Milanich is married to Dr. Maxine Margolis, also employed as an Anthropology professor at the University of Florida. Dr. Milanich currently serves as the curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History and has since 1981. His varied research interests include Eastern United States archaeology; Southeastern U.S. native peoples; and Colonial period European-aboriginal relations in the New World. Milanich produced or edited over fourteen books and one hundred articles on such topics as these. He was on the United States De Soto Trail Commission from 1992-1996. In fact, much of this collection deals with his research on the De Soto Trail before working on the Commission.

More information on Dr. Milanich can be found at the Florida Museum of Natural History website:

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, research, and various publications collected by Dr. Milanich. Some of the prominent themes include his work as editor of the Florida Anthropologist and his work researching the trail of Hernando De Soto. The De Soto Trail is without question the dominant theme of this collection, but some other research interests of Dr. Milanich are also present, such as a folder containing information on a conference on Cherokee Prehistory. There are also papers pertaining to the Florida Anthropological Society and the Florida Anthropologist.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Many of Milanich's books and articles are available via the University of Florida Libraries. Correspondence and files related to specific archaeological and other projects are curated in the Anthropology Range at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Contact the Anthropology Registrar for access (

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jerald T. Milanich Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Florida Anthropologist: Editor's Correspondence. 1976-1978
1 Florida Anthropologist: Editor's Correspondence. 1978-1980
1 Florida Anthropological Society: Meetings, Programs, etc. 1976-1981
1 De Soto Expedition Trail Commission. 1987-1992
1 Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission. 1989
1 Archaeological Survey in Southwest Alabama. 1987
1 Cherokee Prehistory, Route of De Soto through Alabama. 1981-1986
1 Alabama and De Soto: Correspondence and Reports. 1989
1 Jacksonville State University: Archaeological Resource Laboratory. 1987
2 Jacksonville State University: Archaeological Resource Laboratory. 1987
2 NEH Conference on Columbian Quincentenary: Correspondence. 1984
2 Correspondence: Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 1990-1991
2 Reports: Mission Santa Fe de Toloca, Fig Springs. 1991
2 Report: Excavations of Fig Springs Mission Burial Area. 1991
2 Miscellaneous: Santa Fe, DNR. 1989-1990
2 Correspondence and Contracts: DNR and De Soto. 1989-1990
2 Dry Creek. 1976
2 De Soto Grants. 1984-1985
2 NEH: De Soto. 1986
2 Correspondence: Ney Landrum. 1988
2 De Soto Trail Committee. 1983-1987
2 Correspondence: De Soto Papers. 1986
2 Correspondence: Dr. Charles Hudson. 1984-1989
3 Correspondence. 1987-1988
3 Clippings: De Soto. 1988
3 Miscellaneous: De Soto. 1986-1989
3 De Soto Conference. 1986
3 Slides. 1986-1987

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

De Soto Trail (Southern States).
Florida Anthropological Society.
Soto, Hernando de, ca. 1500-1542.

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