Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives

Accession:   MSS 83-3
Restrictions:   Cannot be copied
Inclusive dates:  1632 - 1909
Size of collection:  821 reels of microfilm

Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives includes materials relating to the Cherokee Indians housed in archives of Canada, France, Great Britain, Mexico, and Spain.  The collection consists of 821 reels of microfilm and includes sources which directly mention the Cherokee Indians or Cherokee territory, or which refer to Southern Indians in general.  Most of the documents were written during the colonial era of the 17th and 18th centuries, when European nations courted the support of southeastern Indian nations.  Documents include letters, diplomatic reports, journals, diaries, census records, and narratives of Indian captives.

William L. Anderson and James A. Lewis' book, A Guide to Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives (Metuchen, N.J. and London:  The Scarecrow Press, 1983), is the finding aid for the collection, and is a descriptive list of all Cherokee-related materials.  The Guide has a subject/name index that provides senders and recipients of letters, the geographical origin of correspondence sent from Cherokee territory, and all proper nouns found in the documents.  Indexed under the heading "Cherokee" are topics such as agriculture, boundaries, character traits, customs, education, hostilities, land cessions, language, population statistics, relations with whites, towns, trade and treaties.

Microfilm reels are available through interlibrary loan, with a limit of five reels loaned per request at any one time.  Requests for loans must originate from another library participating in the interlibrary loan agreement and must be direct to the Interlibrary Loan Department of Hunter Library.  Requests sent directly to Special Collections cannot be filled.  The documents are grouped on the microfilm reels according to the sections indicated in A Guide to Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives.  Therefore, when requesting materials on interlibrary loan, please provide the information which appears in uppercase letters in the book.  For example:  C.O. 5/15  ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE, SEC. OF STATE;  1754-1755.

For a related collection, see Cherokee Maps.


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