Seminole and Miccosukee History
at the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History
Seminole portraits, Gleason's Pictorial, Oct. 23,1852

The P.K. Yonge Library has a variety of resources for conducting research into the history of the Seminole, Creek, and Miccosukee peoples of Florida from the mid-18th century through the mid-twentieth century.   Specific questions about collections can be directed to James Cusick, Curator for Florida History.


Major microfilm and manuscript archives are: 
Public Records Office (London)  
East Florida Papers (Lib. Con.)  
Papeles de Cuba (AGI)  
Joseph Byrne Lockey Papers  
Elizabeth West Papers  

These collections cover the period 1763 to 1821 and include "talks" or treaty conferences; papers on trade; ethnographic data; and some biographical information on native leaders.  
Letter, King Payne to Gov. Enrique White,1800, 
East Florida Papers

Links to Other Sites

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The library's holdings for this period focus primarily on the years of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) and consist of published memoirs written by U.S. soldiers, two important diaries, extensive newspaper collections reporting the war on a national level, maps of Florida depicting the sites of forts, battles, and Seminole settlements, and numerous items in the miscellaneous manuscript collection.  

The library also has, on microfilm, records from the Office of Indian Affairs and the Southern Superintendency of Indian Affairs.  These records include letters sent and received (1835-1845), claims for losses during the Second Seminole War, and Confederate records on Indian affairs.  Photocopies of letters sent from the Seminoles to the B.I.A. between 1882 and 1897 are contained in the Rex Quinn Collection.  

Materials on Second Seminole War
Billy Bowlegs, Harper's Weekly, June 12, 1858

Photo by Alexander Linn

For the period 1900 to 1960, the library has several important photographic collections and a number of manuscript collections detailing various aspects of life at Big Cypress, Brighton, and other reservations.  These resources cover the World War II and Termination debate eras.   

Photograpic collections (2000+ images)  

    the lantern slides of Rev. Alexander Linn  
    the photography of Louis Capron  
    the photography of Florence Randle  
    the photography of Alfred DeVane Randle
Manuscript collections   
    John Goggin Collection  
    Rex Quinn Collection 
    Indian Claims Commission suit
    Oral History Recordings
    Selected records, letters to and from the B.I.A.,  
    includes 1913-1929, 1930-1940 census rolls

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