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Jerald T. Milanich Papers

Identifier: Ms 221

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.


  • Creation: 1963-2004



One folder in Box 4 is closed by request of the donor. Remainder of the collection is open for research.

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:


3 Linear feet (5 boxes)

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This collection contains correspondence, research materials, and various collected publications of Jerald T. Milanich.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

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.

Related 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 (

A Guide to the Jerald T. Milanich Papers
Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson. Updated by James Cusick in July 2017.
August 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America