The Florida Ethnographic Collection
The Florida Ethnographic Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Florida Seminole and Miccosukee materials in the world. The faculty and staff of the Anthropology Division’s South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Program, established in 1983, actively maintain the collection with assistance from graduate students, undergraduate students, volunteers, and interns.
As of June 30, 2013, there were 914 individual catalog records in the FEC, accounting for 1098 total objects. Of these 1098 objects, 463 (42%) are media in the form of photographic prints, photographic slides, postcards, posters, glass plate negatives, audio recordings, books, newspaper articles, and an oil painting. Many of these items were collected systematically by John Goggin in the 1940s and 1950s, to be used as a research and teaching collection. Many of the other items have been donated by relatives of people who lived and worked among the Seminole and Miccosukee in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Recent substantial donations from Keith and Sara Reeves and from Anne and Charles Reynolds have further enhanced the collection. When compared to other museums nationally, the FEC ranks third in the number of individual Seminole or Miccosukee object records with 482. Among the objects are bandolier bags, baskets, beadwork, dolls, moccasins, rattles, silverwork, tools, woodcrafts, and patchwork clothing. Some items from this collection are on exhibit in the Hall of South Florida People and Environments.