Draper Manuscripts: Frontier Wars Papers, 1754-1885

Summary Information

Title: Draper Manuscripts: Frontier Wars Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1754-1885

Call Number: Draper Mss U

Quantity: 5.6 cubic feet (24 volumes)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers collected and arranged by Lyman Draper preparatory to writing a series of sketches on border warfare. Though the earlier Indian wars are briefly considered, the larger portion of the material deals with wars waged in the Northwest (1788-1795) and with Western operations during the War of 1812. The papers include several significant series of original documents and journals of participants in the campaigns. Present is the manuscript original of General Dearborn's defense against the charges of General Hull in relation to the Detroit surrender; papers of Richard Butler, Josiah Harmar, Absolom Baird, James Winchester, Charles S. Todd, Benjamin Whiteman, Nathan Heald, Joseph Martin, Daniel Smith, and others; and much information on Indian treaties and their negotiation.


Descriptions of the volumes are copied from the Guide to the Draper Manuscripts by Josephine Harper. Out of date and offensive language may be present.

This collection is also available as a microfilm publication.

Forms part of the Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts. The fifty series included in the Draper Manuscripts have been cataloged individually. See the Draper Manuscripts Overview, and the Guide to the Draper Manuscripts by Josephine Harper (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983) for further information.

There is a restriction on use to this material; see the Administrative/Restriction Information portion of this finding aid for details.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-draper00u
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