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Projects

The Seminole Negro Indian Scout Historical Society is dedicated to the accurate documentation, promotion and preservation of the history of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts, their descendants, and the Black Seminoles.

Our multi-year projects will create an online resource repository for public documents, original research, discussion forums and webinars about the Black Seminole history.

We welcome all suggestions for potential research or projects that the Society should pursue, or for projects that descendants or allied researchers would like to develop for the Society. Please send us an email at info@seminolenegroindianscouts.org

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Photo: Scouts Fay July and William Shields,

circa 1895

Making Historical Documents Accessible

 

One of the best sources about the evolution of the Scouts is military correspondence between 1870 and 1914. Handwritten communiques between military leaders provide insight into the origins of the Scouts – who they were, how they lived, how the military unit evolved.

 

Our work is focused on making available previously untranscribed official documents to descendants and researchers, to deepen their understanding about how the community evolved. To that end, the Society will:

  • catalog approximately 1,200 pages of documents containing the correspondence and other papers pertaining to the Scouts.

  • transcribe and index selected handwritten letters from between 1870 and 1872 to provide a fuller examination of the agreements made between the Scouts and the US government and the work the Scouts performed during that time when they brought their families from Mexico back to Texas. 

 

In future years, the remainder of the essential Library of Congress and National Archives documents referring to the Scouts before their disbandment in 1914 will be transcribed and indexed as well.

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Conducting and Promoting Research

Providing context for the historical documents is key to understanding the evolution of the Scouts. Through original research, the Society will:

  • develop a sequential, transcribed annotated compilation of the origins of the Scouts through official documents.

  • encourage new research and activities - especially from descendants - that add to the knowledge about the Scouts

  • support opportunities to record, share  and preserve oral histories as told by the current generation of Elders. 

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Promoting Oral History and the Legacy Project

 

Oral History

Support opportunities to record, share  and preserve oral histories as told by the current generation of Elders. 

The Legacy Project

Over the upcoming year, the Historical Society will fully launch the Legacy Project to commemorate and celebrate Elders, deceased and living, by creating a forum for descendants to honor them. More details about this project will be provided over time. Community members are welcome to submit information for the Society to collect and use as this project unfolds. 

Curating Resources

 

​Interest and research into the Scouts has been ongoing for the past 80+ years - primarily by non-Descendants. This work is invaluable but also creates an image and narrative of the Scouts that often times fits a particular time or research agenda.  Descendants, in partnership with other researchers will:  

  • compile of research about the Scouts and, over time, provide summaries of these works. This work is essential to ensure that the history of the Scouts is accurately documented and disseminated.

  • host webinars to discuss themes, issues and new research about the Scouts and community.

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