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Draper manuscript collection, 1728-1891

Author: Lyman Copeland DraperGeorge Michael BedingerDaniel BrodheadGeorge Rogers ClarkJonathan ClarkAll authors
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Library, Department of Photographic Reproduction, [1949]
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : English : 1949 ed
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Papers created and collected by Draper reflecting his interest in the history of the trans-Allegheny West, a region embracing the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, portions of Georgia and Alabama, the entire Ohio River Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley, primarily from the period of the frontier conflicts of the 1740s and 1750s through the American Revolution and the War of 1812, but also
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Genre/Form: Cartographic materials
Diaries
Microforms
Military records
Muster rolls
Reminiscences
Biography
Named Person: Daniel Boone; Samuel Brady; Joseph Brant; Daniel Drake; Simon Kenton; Peter Stuart Ney; Michael Rudolph; Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief; Lewis Wetzel
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Lyman Copeland Draper; George Michael Bedinger; Daniel Brodhead; George Rogers Clark; Jonathan Clark; William Clark; William Croghan; Thomas Forsyth; Josiah Harmar; William Henry Harrison; Thomas S Hinde; William Irvine; Robert Patterson; James Potter; John Potter; William Preston; David Shepherd; Thomas Sumter; John Cleves Symmes
OCLC Number: 313868508
Notes: Related materials: There are books, pamphlets, and articles relating to Draper and the Draper manuscript collection in the Minnesota Historical Society print collection.
On title frame: [Filmed for] State Historical Society of Wisconsin. On preceding frame: Filmed by the University of Chicago Library, Department of Photographic Reproduction.
Description: 134 microfilm reels.

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Papers created and collected by Draper reflecting his interest in the history of the trans-Allegheny West, a region embracing the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, portions of Georgia and Alabama, the entire Ohio River Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley, primarily from the period of the frontier conflicts of the 1740s and 1750s through the American Revolution and the War of 1812, but also into the mid-nineteenth century. Draper intended to use these materials for a series of biographies of trans-Allegheny border heroes and pioneers.

The bulk of the collection consists of Draper's voluminous correspondence with pioneer settlers, war veterans, their descendants, and others; his interview and research notes; and his writings. Interspersed among these items are copied, transcribed, and original contemporary historical manuscripts and government records, including personal and official letters; diaries and journals; reminiscences; military muster rolls, payrolls, order books, court martial lists, pension statements, and receipts; family and personal records; business and legal records; surveyors' notes, maps and plats, and other land records; and newspaper and magazine articles. These materials contain information on such topics as border forays, frontier wars, and the Mecklenberg declaration of independence; and on numerous individuals, including Daniel Boone, Joseph Brant, George Rogers Clark, William Clark, William Henry Harrison, and Tecumseh.

Although Draper's primary objective was to gather information on military events and the soldiers, scouts, and settlers who battled Indians, the British, and Tory sympathizers as white settlement advanced westward, the materials he collected document much more. They are a rich source of data on social and economic factors, with details on the roles of women and African Americans on the frontier; they contain a wealth of genealogical data; and Draper's interviews with Native Americans reveal cultural attitudes and tribal history and traditions. The letters he received reflect the writers' opinions on contemporary topics like the Civil War, Reconstruction policies, the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, and other mid-nineteenth century concerns.

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