Turning Stories into Heirlooms

The Office of Archives and Records Management is pleased to announce the release of Singy the Cow, the first in a series of children’s books we plan to publish based on oral histories collected from our elders, families, and friends.

Find out more about Roberta Sells McGhee’s beloved pet cow, Singy, here >

Established by the Tribal Council in 2010 under the Records Management Ordinance, the Office of Archives and Records Management endeavors to fulfill our mission to preserve, manage, acquire and maintain treasured records related to the Poarch Creek Indians. Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees serves on our Team as the Director/Tribal Archivist overseeing the Office of Archives and Records Management. 

This image shows students at Consolidated Indian School which was established in the Creek community in 1949 in response to Creek leadership’s mission to acquire equal access to public education that began in the 1920s.

Working with the Tribal Records Committee, chaired by Tribal Council Secretary Ms. Charlotte Meckel, Dr. Dees and Team developed the Records Retention Schedule which was approved by our Tribal Council in 2013. This document identifies permanent Tribal records to be preserved in perpetuity and provides Tribal-wide guidelines for records management compliance.  We house rare books about Creeks and one-of-a-kind records, some of which are found nowhere else on Mother Earth:

  • 1937 Muskogee Hymn book that provides words to worship hymns in the Creek language
  • Handwritten Tribal Council Minutes by Ms. Roberta McGhee Sells who served as the Tribal Council Secretary from 1950 to 1977
  • Findings on the Federal Recognition Petition, developed under the tutelage of former Chairman Eddie L. Tullis who has served on the Tribal Council for over 45 years
  • Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church records
  • Former Chairman Buford L. Rolin’s Certificate of Award for perfect attendance when he was in fifth grade specifying that he was “neither absent nor tardy” during the 1950-51 school year
  • Census Records
  • Only known film of Chief Calvin McGhee delivering the groundbreaking Declaration of Indian Purpose to President John F. Kennedy, along with other Tribal Chiefs, at the White House in 1962, thanks to donors Olivette and Dewey McGhee—silent film is in color!
  • Rev. Edgar Van W. Edwards’ book Taking God at His Word
  • 1970s transcripts of Tribal Members interviewed by Anthropologists Dr. J. Anthony Paredes whose oral history interviews have been featured in our “Evening with the Elders” series
  • Index on applicants of Eastern Creek Land Claims Cases
This rare image was taken by Poarch Creek Indian Princess Ms. Linda Colbert Cook of Chief Calvin McGhee and her father.

You can help us rediscover our past by donating archives from your personal archival collections to build our acquisitions, especially from Monroe County Creeks, to fill some of the voids in the historical record. We are thankful for donors of the Chief Calvin McGhee Collection, Gail Thrower Collection, Hugh Rozelle Collection, Chairman Buford L. Rolin Collection, Eloie Bradshaw Collection, Chief Houston McGhee Collection, and Dr. J. Anthony Paredes Collection.

Ms. Roberta McGhee Sells, pictured above, served as Tribal Council Secretary from 1950 to 1977, taking Minutes in longhand as evidenced in this excerpt from October 19, 1950.

Tribal Members may access exciting archival treasures at our Research Station and take copies home with them. We are open to the general public Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you would like to make an appointment with our staff, please call us at 446-4942 and our professional, well-trained Team will assist you.