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A Guide to the Charles W. Spellman Papers

Finding aid created by Matthew Yozgatlioglu

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Spellman, Charles W., 1915-1965
Title: Charles W. Spellman Papers
Dates: 1618-1952
Bulk dates: 1947-1952
Abstract: Papers written by or copied for Charles W. Spellman pertaining to his research on Catholic and Indian history. Location is primarily Florida but does extend to Georgia and Carolina history. Most of the reproduced documents come from the colonial era however there is correspondence from 1947-1952.
Extent: 0.6 Linear feet. 1 box and 3 microfilm reels.
Identification: MS 94
Language(s): Includes materials written in English and Spanish.

Biographical/Historical Note

Father Charles W. Spellman (1915-1965) lived his life as a priest of the Catholic Church and also was a historian. He was born in Orlando, and ordained in 1943. He studied at Harvard, the University of Mexico, and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A. degree, 1947). As a historian Spellman examined the era of Spanish colonial power in Florida. His research dealt with the early Catholic Church, the mission system, and Native Americans. Spellman's best known work is his 1947 thesis The Spanish Missions of Florida, 1618-1763.

Scope and Content

The collection contains Spellman's notes, both handwritten and typed, about his research on the Indians of Florida. The collection is arranged by subject. His scope of research ranges from the different tribes of Florida to the growth and decline of Catholic missions in Florida. Three rolls of microfilm contain sources that he used for his thesis, The Spanish Missions of Florida, 1618-1763. The documents on these reels were filmed from the Archivo General de Nación and the Archivo Histórico de Instituto Nacional de Antropología, Mexico.

Related or Separated Material

See also the Charles Spellman Papers at the Archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles W. Spellman Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List


1 Correspondence. 1947-1952

Research Files

The research files are arranged primarily by subject, although some folders are named for the authors of sources used by Spellman in his research.

1 Apalachee Indians
1 Bishops of Florida
1 Catholic Church in Florida
1 Father Luis Cancer
1 Father Mendoza's Diary
1 Florida History
1 Indians- Agriculture
1 Indians - Calusa
1 Indians - Economic Life
1 Indians - Ethnology
1 Indians - General
1 Indians - Geographical
1 Indians - Guale
1 Indians - Hitshiti
1 Indians - Origin
1 Indians - Timucua
1 Martyrdoms
1 Missions of Florida
1 St. Augustine - birthplace
1 Barcia
1 Bartram, Crane
1 Boyd - Mission
1 Carolina - Founding (1663-1680)/Destruction of missions of Guale
1 Carolina - Indian Trade
1 Carolina - Traders
1 Ford - Triangular Struggle
1 Georgia
1 Gibson - International Friction
1 Johnson - International Contest
1 Moscoso, Do Campo, DeLuna
1 Moore's raids
1 Oglethorpe
1 Ribault
1 Yamassee War

Microfilm Reproductions

144G "Documentos del Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico, Enero 1947." Includes documents dated 1646-1781. For a list of documents, see index available online (PDF format). 1947 January
144H "Documentos del Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico, Enero 1947." Includes documents dated 1618-1762. For a list of documents, see index available online (PDF format). 1947 January
144I "Manuscritos del Archivo Histórico del Instituto Nacional de Antropología, Enero de 1947." (Museo Nación de Mexico). Includes documents dated 1674-1766. For a list of documents, see index available online (PDF format). 1947 January

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Catholic Church -- Florida
Indians of North America -- Florida

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