Society Receives Trimble Archives

Posted on 07/30/2007

A major gift to the Seminole Nation Historical Society has been received of Pulitzer Prize winning author Vance Trimble. A major gift to the Seminole Nation Historical Society has been received of Pulitzer Prize winning author Vance Trimble.

Trimble, a native of Wewoka, bestowed upon the Museum his extensive research materials compiled for his 2006 book

“Alice & J.F.B.” - a dual biography of Seminole Chiefs Alice Brown Davis and her brother, John F. Brown.

The work traces the lives of the siblings, their families and the ever-changing world of their times. John F. Brown was the most prominent Intensely researched over a period of more than four years, the collection contains information tracing the Brown family and the history of the Seminoles from mid-nineteenth century Florida through present day Oklahoma.

Over ten linear feet in size, the collection is comprised of military documents, newspaper articles, handwritten family letters, tribal records, federal census data, and rare photographic images.

Researching the book took Trimble on a virtual journey from Scotland to the Everglades to Washington, DC to Wewoka and across over a century and a half of human drama.

The importance of the collection was noted by the author during his presentation of the material to the Society when he stated that the director of the Western History Collections at the University of Oklahoma asked to receive the documents when Trimble was finished with them.

Declining the offer, the author felt the best home for them was at the Seminole Nation Museum, where their protagonists are central to the history of the Seminole Nation and the community of Wewoka.

Once fully cataloged and accessioned, the records will be available to the public as part of the Museum’s archives.