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The Draper manuscripts are composed of many thousands of items in 486 volumes. They relate chiefly to the area between the Mississippi River on the west and the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, especially the frontier region during the period 1755-1815, and consist of original papers collected by Lyman C. Draper and transcripts and notes made by him. Included are Draper’s partially completed life of Daniel Boone, and his unpublished histories of "Border Forays" and "Mecklenburg Declarations". There are series of papers of or relating to Daniel Boone, Joseph Brant, David Brodhead, George Rogers Clark, William Clark, Thomas Forsyth, Josiah Harmar, William Irvine, Simon Kenton, William Preston, Thomas Sumter and Tecumseh. Other series bear the names of the following events or areas: Frontier Wars, Kentucky, Kings Mountain, Pittsburgh and Northern Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia.

(This description was adapted from Philip M. Hamer’s A Guide to the Archives and Manuscripts in the United States. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961, p. 631.)


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Span Dates: 1838-1891