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Draper Manuscript Collection


Title:  Draper Manuscript Collection

Location:  Jerome Library Main Microforms; film F 586 .D7 D7

Format and Number of Reels/Fiche/Cards:  Microfilm; 123 reels

Publisher:  University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library

Content Description:  Works and papers collected by Lyman Draper on the history of the trans-Allegheny West. This area includes portions of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, the entire Ohio River Valley and the Mississippi Valley. Most materials cover the time period from the 1740's through the 1810's. There are nearly 500 volumes in this collection.

Materials represented in this collection include letters, legal documents, maps, journals and diaries, family and personal records, business records, land records, court martial lists, muster rolls, order books, interviews, transcribed newspaper and periodical articles, etc.

Language(s):  English

Arrangement:  By the collection as listed below. Each collection of papers have been given a letter or letters that designates that collection. See the list below for these letter designations. The collection has been divided into volumes and each page with the volume has been numbered. To determine the location of a document, take the document number:

        21CC50

This number is from the Kentucky Papers (CC). It is the 50th page in volume 21. The Kentucky Papers are on reels 74-80. On one side of each box you will find the volume numbers contained in that box. This document is on reel 78, which includes volumes 20-28 of the Kentucky Papers.

The BGSU Libraries own second copies of some portions of this collection. These copies have been separately cataloged and, in some cases, are held elsewhere in the library collection. These second copies are noted in the list of papers below. In addition, some papers have been separately cataloged, but left in this collection. These are also noted in the list of papers below:

Reel 1: Bedinger Papers (A)
Reel 2: Draper's Life of Boone (B)
Reel 3-9: Boone Papers (C)
Reel 10: Border Forays (D)
Reel 11-13: Brady and Wetzel Papers (E)
Reel 14-19: Brant Papers (F)
Reel 20: Brant Miscellanies (G)
Reel 21: Daniel Broadhead Papers (H)
A second copy may be found at film F 597 .B76
Reel 22-36: George Rogers Clark Papers (J)
A second copy may be found at film E 207 .C5 C522
Reel 37: George Rogers Clark Miscellanies (K)
A second copy may be found at film E 207 .C5 C52
Reel 38: Jonathan Clark Papers (L)
Reel 39: William Clark Papers (M)
Reel 40: William Croghan Papers (N)
A second copy may be found at film F 597 .C76
Reel 41: Daniel Drake Papers (O)
A second copy may be found at film F 597 .D725
Reel 42: Draper's Biographical Sketches (P)
Reel 43-45: Draper's Historical Miscellanies (Q)
Reel 46: Draper's Memoranda Books (R)
Reel 47-52: Draper's Notes (S)
These have been given an individual catalog record
Reel 53: Forsyth Papers (T)
Reel 54-59: Frontier War Papers (U)
Reel 60: Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina Papers (V)
Reel 61: Harmar Papers (W)
Reel 62: William Henry Harrison Papers (X)
A second copy may be found at film E 355.4 .H37
Reel 63-68: Thomas S. Hinde Papers (Y)
These have been given an individual catalog record
Reel 69: Illinois Papers (Z)
Reel 70: Irvine Papers (AA)
Reel 71-73: Simon Kenton Papers (BB)
These have been given an individual catalog record
Reel 74-80: Kentucky Papers (CC) (See below for the guide to this collection)
Reel 81-86: King's Mountain Papers (DD) (See below for the guide to this collection)
Reel 87: London Documents at Albany (EE)
Reel 88: Mecklenburg Declaration by Draper (FF)
Reel 89: Mecklenburg Declaration Papers (GG)
Reel 90: Mecklenburg Declaration Miscellanies (HH)
Reel 91-92: Newspaper Extracts (JJ)
Reel 93: North Carolina Papers (KK)
Reel 94: Paris Documents at Albany (LL)
Reel 95: Robert Patterson Papers (MM)
A second copy may be found at film F 597 .P 37
Reel 96-97: Pittsburgh and Northwest Virginia Papers (NN)
Reel 98: Pension Statements (OO)
Reel 99: Potter Family Papers (PP)
Reel 100-101: Preston Papers (QQ) (See below for the guide to this collection)
Reel 102-104: Rudolph-Ney Papers (RR)
Reel 105: Shepherd Papers (SS)
Reel 106: South Carolina Papers (TT)
Reel 107: South Carolina in the Revolution Miscellanies (UU)
Reel 108-114: Sumter Papers (VV)
Reel 115: John Cleves Symmes Papers (WW)
A second copy may be found at film F 495 .S953
Reel 116: Tennessee Papers (XX) (See below for the guide to this collection)
Reel 117-120: Tecumseh Papers (YY)
These have been given an individual catalog record
Reel 121-123: Virginia Papers (ZZ) (See below for the guide to this collection)



Index/Bibliography:  Guide to the Draper Manuscripts, by Josephine L. Harper (REF F 586 .D7 D72; also a copy in Archives cac[OG] F 586 .D7 D72) This guide does not contain a subject index to the collection. However, each set of papers within the collection is described and there are several useful appendixes, such as a list of maps contained in the collection.

There are also detailed guides for some parts of this collection:

1) Calendar of the Kentucky Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts, prepared by Mabel Clare Weaks (REF F 451 .W4 1925) This volumes lists every document in the Kentucky Papers with a summary of the contents and the document number. It also contains an index to the papers.

2) The Preston and Virginia Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts (REF F 576 .W82 v.1). This lists every document in the William Preston and Virginia papers with a summary of the contents and the document number. It also contains a detailed index to these papers.

3) Calendar of the Tennessee and King's Mountain Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts (REF F 576 .W82 v.3). This lists every document in the Tennessee and King's Mountain papers with a summary of the contents and the document number. It also contains a detailed index to these papers.

4) Calendar of the Frontier Wars Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts (REF Z 6621 .W72 D72 v.6). This lists every document in the Shepherd Papers, the South Carolina Papers, the South Carolina in the Revolution Papers, and the Frontier War Papers with a summary of the contents and the document number. It also contains a personal name index to these papers.

5) Calendar of the Thomas Sumter Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts (REF Z 6621 .W72 D72 v.5). This lists every document in the Thomas Sumter Papers with a summary of the contents and the document number. It also contains a personal name index to these papers.

6) Calendar of the George Rogers Clark Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts (REF E 207 .C5 S727 1985). This lists every document in the George Rogers Clark Papers with a summary of the contents and the document number. It also contains a personal name index to these papers.

Subject Categories:  History

Keywords:  draper, lyman draper, history, ohio, simon kenton, daniel boone, tecumseh, george rogers clark, joseph brant, ohio valley, mississippi valley

Time Period:  18th Century; 19th Century