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Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives

Identifier: MSS 83-03

Content Description

Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives includes all materials relating to the Cherokee tribe found by Drs. William L. Anderson and James A. Lewis in the archives and other records depositories of Canada, France, Great Britain, Mexico, and Spain. The collection is on 800 reels of microfilm and includes sources which directly mention the Cherokee tribe or Cherokee territory, or which refer to Southern tribes in general. The collection also contains numerous references to about one hundred other Native American tribes. Most of the documents were written during the colonial era of the 17th and 18th centuries, when European nations courted the support of southeastern indigenous tribes. Documents include letters, diplomatic reports, journals, diaries, census records, and narratives. Anderson and Lewis's book, A Guide to Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives, is a descriptive list of all Cherokee-related materials and is the finding aid for the collection. The guide has a subject/name index that provides senders and recipients of letters, the geographical origin of letters sent from Cherokee territory, and all proper nouns found in the documents. Indexed under the heading "Cherokee" are agriculture, boundaries, character traits, customs, education, hostilities, land cessions, language, population statistics, relations with Europeans and their descendants, towns, trade and treaties.

Acquisition Type



Dr. William L. Anderson & Dr. James A Lewis of the History Dept., WCU. Brought to Special Collections by Jim Lloyd.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1632 - 1909


28 Linear Feet : 821 reels of microfilm