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Seminole Papers, 1851-1858

Identifier: MS-1954-193

Scope and Contents

A collection of papers relating to Seminole matters, almost all in Florida. One group relates to military aspects of the war in Florida against the Seminoles, some of a personal character. There are also a few general comments on conditions: destitute Indians, cattle stealing, property laws, etc. In the late 1830's a few letters speak of the Negro slaves of the Seminole chiefs-ownership claims.

A large document of the original Seminole Tribal Laws is written in the Seminole language with a photostatic copy presented to the Gilcrease Library by James Gulley of Kansas, Oklahoma, (1949).

Interesting item: A letter written in March, 1838, by Gen. R. K. Call to the President of the United States asks permission to purchase 150 Negroes from the Seminoles "to convert them into species," for such a transaction would remove one obstacle to the removal to the West; the Negroes did not want to move and were influencing their masters. Another letter (May, 1835) from the Secretary of War to another general states that it is legal for the Seminoles to sell their slaves as well as skins, furs, and wine because if taken West the "Creeks will steal them."


  • 1821 - 1858

Physical Description

In good condition

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only.


33 items

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Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Repository

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127