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Charles W. Spellman Papers

Identifier: Ms 094

Scope and Content

The collection contains Spellman's notes, both handwritten and typed, about his research on the Indians of Florida. The collection is arranged by subject. His scope of research ranges from the different tribes of Florida to the growth and decline of Catholic missions in Florida. Three rolls of microfilm contain sources that he used for his thesis, The Spanish Missions of Florida, 1618-1763. The documents on these reels were filmed from the Archivo General de Nación and the Archivo Histórico de Instituto Nacional de Antropología, Mexico.


  • 1618-1952
  • Majority of material found within 1947-1952


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English and Spanish.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Father Charles W. Spellman (1915-1965) lived his life as a priest of the Catholic Church and also was a historian. He was born in Orlando, and ordained in 1943. He studied at Harvard, the University of Mexico, and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A. degree, 1947). As a historian Spellman examined the era of Spanish colonial power in Florida. His research dealt with the early Catholic Church, the mission system, and Native Americans. Spellman's best known work is his 1947 thesis The Spanish Missions of Florida, 1618-1763.


0.6 Linear feet (1 box and 3 microfilm reels)


Papers written by or copied for Charles W. Spellman pertaining to his research on Catholic and Indian history. Location is primarily Florida but does extend to Georgia and Carolina history. Most of the reproduced documents come from the colonial era however there is correspondence from 1947-1952.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Related Material

See also the Charles Spellman Papers at the Archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida.

A Guide to the Charles W. Spellman Papers
Finding aid created by Matthew Yozgatlioglu
November 2011
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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