The Library is currently closed to the general public. However we welcome members of the Seminole community who would like to view the collections, or would like to conduct research into our collections. Library hours are 9am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Tara Backhouse
Collections Manager
(877) 902-1113 ex 12246

One of the Museum's primary goals is to serve as a center of research for Seminole culture and Native American history in the Southeastern United States. Some of the items currently available for research by scholars and the general public are the following:

  • The Museum's library, which consists of books, journals and a reference section relating to Seminole culture and Southeastern Indians in general. Held in 375 linear feet of shelf space, these items are available for researchers to use in the facilities, but cannot be loaned out.
  • Approximately 1000 government documents, dating from the early 1800s to the mid 1900s, covering 60 Native American tribes. The documents include information on various interactions between the United States government and the tribes.
  • An extensive newspaper collection, dating from the early 1800s, that contains information regarding Indian removal, the Seminole Wars, and Indian-White relations.
  • The Ethel Cutler Freeman Collection which consists of over 700 photos, dating from 1939 to 1967, documenting the time Freeman spent studying the Seminole culture. The collection contains manuscripts, travel diaries, and an extensive collection of photographic negatives. Packaged with the negatives are captions, written by Freeman, describing the camps and Seminoles she came in frequent contact with.
  • The Brown Family Letters Collection is an extensive collection of personal letters written by Corinna and Ellen Brown and their relatives, describing life in Florida during the Seminole Wars.
  • The Tribal Memorabilia Collection is a continually growing collection of many kinds of objects that represent activities and events of the Seminole Tribe of Florida for more than 20 years. There are brochures, T-Shirts and promotional souvenirs from various events and programs; Books, CDS and DVDs produced by the Tribe; and photographs that capture the recent history of the Tribe.