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Florida State University & Our Relationship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida

This guide will provide resources that speak to the evolving relationship between FSU and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

University Archives

One of the best places to explore the history of FSU and its relationship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is in the historical records of the university. The Heritage and University Archives, part of Special Collections at FSU Libraries, preserve these records and make them available to researchers.

The Seminoles are represented in many facets of university history, including photographs, yearbooks, publications, memorabilia, and various administrative records. The following list includes collections that are known to include files on the Seminoles. There may be additional mentions of the Seminoles in other documents, waiting to be uncovered by researchers like you!

FSU-Seminole Relations

Seminole and other Native American Imagery at FSU

In addition to the historical materials below, see FSU's current licensing guidelines for the use of Seminole symbols and patterns.

The historical use of Native American imagery at FSU is also evident in publications from FSU's history, including the student newspaper, yearbooks, and ephemera from FSU events.

Special Collections

FSU Libraries also preserves the papers of FSU scholars, including those of historian James A. Leitch, who studied the Seminoles and other Indigenous peoples of the Southeastern United States.

Finally, FSU Libraries also preserves some historical documents that are related to the Seminoles and other Native communities of the region, but either predate or are unrelated to the university itself. The relationship here is that FSU preserves and makes available these historical records. The following are listed in chronological order.

19th Century

20th Century

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