Collection Items

  • Biography
    Stetson Kennedy (1911-2011) Biography. Stetson Kennedy, one of the pioneer folklore collectors during the first half of the twentieth century, was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1916. As a teenager he began collecting Cracker and African-American folksay material while he was collecting "dollar down and dollar a week" accounts for his father, a furniture merchant. He left the University of Florida in 1937 to join the WPA...
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson
  • Article
    Seminole and Miccosukee Songs The Seminole people are related to the Creek tribes who once inhabited what is now Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The indigenous peoples of Florida were greatly reduced in number as a result of illness from and conflicts with Europeans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Intertribal and European-Indian conflicts caused a group of the southern Creeks to move south into Florida along with smaller...