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A Guide to the Jerald T. Milanich Papers

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson. Updated by James Cusick in July 2017.

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

August 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Milanich, Jerald T.
Title: Jerald T. Milanich Papers
Dates: 1963-2004
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, research materials, and various collected publications of Jerald T. Milanich.
Extent: 3 Linear feet. 5 boxes.
Identification: Ms 221
Language(s): English
Access: Researchers should consult with Special Collections staff before using the collection because there are access restrictions. See the Access note for more information.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jerald T. Milanich is Curator Emeritus of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. He received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Florida (BA 1967, MA 1968, Ph.D. 1971). His varied research interests include Eastern United States archaeology, Southeastern U.S. native peoples, and colonial period European-aboriginal relations in the New World. He has produced or edited more than fourteen scholarly books and one hundred articles about the prehistory of Florida, early Spanish expeditions, the Spanish colonial mission system, nineteenth century archaeological exploration in Florida, and ethnography of the Seminoles, and also regularly writes features for Archaeology Magazine and other popular science publications. Milanich received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Archaeological Council in 2005 and the Dorothy Dodd Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Historical Society in 2013. He was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He and his wife anthropologist Maxine Margolis live in New York.

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

Scope and Content

This collection is a partial archive of Milanich's former working papers as an archaeologist and anthropologist. They are limited to his research and critiques about the Miami Circle; his background research for his book on Julian Dimock; similar background research into the life of New York journalist Amos Jay Cummings and his newspaper coverage of 19th century Florida; and correspondence, research, and various publications related to documenting the route of Hernando De Soto through Florida. These papers also include some of Milanich's talks and conference papers, correspondence with his publishers, and some general correspondence.

Access or Use Restrictions


One folder in Box 4 is closed by request of the donor. Remainder of 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.

Acquisition Information

Material in Boxes 3-4 was donated by J. T. Milanich in 2007. Material in Boxes 1-2, 5 was donated in 2017, also by J. T. Milanich.

Contents List

1 Power Point and Talk-Questioning the Miami Circle.
1 Supoena to appear regarding the Miami Circle.
1 Tampa Bay Tribune and The St. Petersburg Times on the Miami Circle. 1999
1 "Deciding the Future of the Past, The Miami Circle...," Backgrounder, The James Madison Institute. 2000
1 Cultural Resource Assessment of Brickell Point and the Miami Circle, Bureau of Archaeological Research. 2000
1 Miami Circle National Historic Landmarks nomination. 2004
1 Clippings: Brickell family and Brickell Point (1 of 2).
1 Clippings: Brickell family and Brickell Point (2 of 2).
1 Miscellaneous notes and clippings, Miami Circle.
1 Clippings and correspondence on the Miami Circle.
1 Photographs requested for research on Brickell Point.
1 Postcards collected to document Brickell Point.
1 Slides: Brickell Point, Miami Circle, and public reaction.
1 Research on journalist Amos Jay Cummings, Biographical.
1 Research on journalist Amos Jay Cummings, Train route West.
1 Research on journalist Amos Jay Cummings, Articles on the West.
1 Research on journalist Amos Jay Cummings, On the Mormons.
1 Research on journalist Amos Jay Cummings, Florida articles.
2 Research on A.W. Dimock and Julian Dimock.
2 Research on A.W. Dimock and Julian Dimock, Florida articles.
2 Research on Alanson B. Skinner, Expedition to the Seminoles. 1910
2 Research on Joseph Hall and the Tampa Mound.
2 Clippings: J.T. Milanich on archaeology.
2 Clippings: First Encounters exhibit.
2 Clippings: Tatham Mound.
2 Clippings: Osceola Trail.
2 Clippings: Spanish mission sites.
2 Class Syllabi.
2 Columbus Quincentennary notes and mail.
2 FLAMINCO science education.
2 Correspondence, University Press of Florida.
2 Correspondence, University Press of Florida, Classics series.
2 Correspondence, University of Georgia Press.
3 Florida Anthropologist: Editor's Correspondence. 1976-1978
3 Florida Anthropologist: Editor's Correspondence. 1978-1980
3 Florida Anthropological Society: Meetings, Programs, etc.. 1976-1981
3 De Soto Expedition Trail Commission. 1987-1992
3 Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission. 1989
3 Archaeological Survey in Southwest Alabama. 1987
3 Cherokee Prehistory, Route of De Soto through Alabama. 1981-1986
3 Alabama and De Soto: Correspondence and Reports. 1989
3 Jacksonville State University: Archaeological Resource Laboratory. 1987
3 Jacksonville State University: Archaeological Resource Laboratory. 1987
3 NEH Conference on Columbian Quincentenary: Correspondence. 1984
3 Correspondence: Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 1990-1991
4 Reports: Mission Santa Fe de Toloca, Fig Springs. 1991
4 Report: Excavations of Fig Springs Mission Burial Area. 1991
4 Miscellaneous: Santa Fe, DNR. 1989-1990
4 Correspondence and Contracts: DNR and De Soto. 1989-1990
4 Dry Creek. 1976
4 De Soto Grants. 1984-1985
4 NEH: De Soto. 1986
4 Correspondence: Ney Landrum. 1988
4 De Soto Trail Committee. 1983-1987
4 Correspondence: De Soto Papers. 1986
4 Correspondence: Dr. Charles Hudson. 1984-1989
4 Correspondence. 1987-1988
4 Clippings: De Soto. 1986-1988
4 Miscellaneous: De Soto. 1986-1989
4 De Soto Conference. 1986
4 De Soto Trail dedication. 1985
4 Slides. 1986-1987
4 Various articles and writings.
4 Miscellaneous Notes (Closed by Request of the Donor).
5 Class paper: Pleistocene Remains in Florida. 1963
5 Class exercise: NSF Grant. 1967
5 Report: Excavations at Rocky Point Site, Paynes Prairie. 1968
5 Class Paper: Reconstruction of Social Organization from Archaeology. 1969
5 Dissertation proposal. 1970
5 NSF travel grant. 1970
5 Conference paper: General and Specific Evolution of Weeden Island Cultures. 1974
5 Conference paper: Dietary Scarcity: A Stimulus for Warfare among New World Horticulturalists. 1975
5 Report: An Archaeological Survey in Northwestern DeSoto County, Florida. 1975
5 Class paper: Timucua Ethnography. 1976
5 Article: Weeden Island Studies, Past and Future. 1977
5 Conference paper: Food for Thought: Archaeological Evidence for the Symbolic Role of Animals in Aboriginal Burial Ritual in the Southeastern United States. 1985
5 Columbus Quincentennary Commission paper: The Spanish Missions of La Florida, A Study of Santa Catalina/Santa Maria and Santa Fe. 1992
5 Symposium paper: Wet and Wild: Archaeological Research in Florida since 1980.
5 Symposium paper: Road to the Past: Maps as Tools for Interpreting Colonial Settlement Systems. 1994
5 Symposium paper: Jesuit and Franciscan Spanish Missions of La Florida. 2004

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

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

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