The bulk of this series is the notes and diaries from Freeman's field trips among the Florida Seminoles. The notes and diaries are dated from 1939 to 1971. The rest of the series includes correspondence with government officials, nurses, school teachers and others working with the Seminoles; letters, clippings and articles on several aspects of Seminole culture, arranged by subject; government material relating to Seminole claims and Freeman's proposals to government officials concerning handling of claims; reprints and other information on Florida's environment and history, and on the Everglades. The group of cultural materials includes a synopsis of Josie Billie's discussion of religion and magic, which Mrs. Freeman recorded in private sessions at the Archbold Biological Station in 1954.
This series is divided into 8 sub-series: (5.1) Correspondence, 1938-1971; (5.2) Culture, 1935-1972; (5.3) Seminole claims and Freeman proposals, 1941-1969; (5.4) Photo lectures, 1939-1955, 1970-1971; (5.5) History: Seminoles, Florida, 1936-1971; (5.6) Florida environment, 1938-1970; (5.7) Bibliographies, 1939-1969; (5.8) Notes and diaries, 1934-1971
By Ethel Freeman's instructions, the collection was restricted for ten years dating from the receipt and signing of the release forms on October 12, 1972. Literary property rights to the unpublished materials in the collection were donated to the National Anthropological Archives.
Access to the Ethel Cutler Freeman papers requires an appointment.
Seminole recordings cannot be accessed without the permission of the Seminole Tribe.
Ethel Cutler Freeman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.